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Rangers still in Nash hunt … Blackhawks open for trade … Kings like Doan … Burke talks Leafs … Senators likely done

  • (Brodeur signed just before I posted this) Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: The Blackhawks are out of the running for Parise. There is word that they are interested in Martin Brodeur. It was thought the Blackhawks may be aggressive in free agency, but they have only landed Sheldon Brookbank. The Hawks would prefer to give Brodeur a 1 year deal and have contacted him. Matt Carle is the best free agent defenseman option for the Blackhawks. Best remaining forward options include Olli Jokinen, Shane Doan and Jaromir Jagr.

    ‘We’re open to do a trade at any point if it makes sense,’’ Bowman said recently. ‘‘We’ve got a lot of guys who are attractive to other teams. Depending on how we want to work it, if we can get the right player and it’s the model we’re going with, then we’ll do it.”

  • James Mirtle via twitter: Leafs GM Brian Burke wants to see the price for Martin Brodeur. Expects him to remain with the Devils though. Burke also expects that improvement will come from trade and not through free agency. Burke said that Joey Crabb wanted too much money. Jonas Siegel via twitter: Burke on updating center and goalies:

    “I felt all along we’d have to address these things through trade and that’s how we’re going to have to do them.”

  • Mark Masters via twitter: Burke on Martin Brodeur:

    ‘My belief is NJ intends to re-sign him & that’s his 1st choice & I’d be surprised if it didn’t go down that way.’

  • Jonas Siegel of TSN: Brian Burke:

    “I’m not surprised we weren’t able to do more. We could have; we had cap-space, we had the money, ownership has authorized us to spend. I just don’t think it was a prudent way to spend money.”

    The Leafs are a little under $13 million under the salary cap ceiling with Cody Franson and Nikolai Kulemin left to sign.

    “We need to get bigger,” Burke explained of his club’s needs. “We’re still looking to solve or upgrade the goaltending situation. We’re still looking to add at centre or upgrade at centre if we can…I felt all along we’d have to address these things through trade and that’s how we’re going to have to do them.”

  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators GM Bryan Murray believes they are done. Needs to get an answer from Daniel Alfredsson if he’s coming back or not.

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Afternoon notes on the Flyers, Keith, Suter, Duchene, DiPietro, Gustavsson, Beagle, Mason … Lines for Rangers, Jets, Wild, Jackets and Caps

  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: A source has said that the Flyers are not looking to make a move to bolster their depth. Danny Briere, Matt Read, Brayden Schenn and Chris Pronger are out. Briere is a possibility to play tonight. Buzz started on Tuesday when GM Paul Holmgren, their pro scout Al Hill, and director of player development Dave Brown were at the Capitals-Ducks game. The Flyers were thought to have interest a depth defenseman from the Ducks, possibly Sheldon Brookbank. They appear to be satisfied with their team for now.

    “They’ve made it clear that they are not willing to make a trade to just make a trade,” the source said. “They don’t have that much wiggle room under the salary cap and it’s not as if they’re in a tailspin. No matter, they would have no shortage of teams to deal with, as Columbus, Boston and others try to sort out their problems.”

  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: As noted earlier this week, Ryan Suter’s agent will resume talks with the Predators around Nov. 14th-15th.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is still day-to-day and is uncertain for tomorrow. Ray Emery could start in net.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche center Matt Duchene has been moved to the left wing on a line with Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk. The other lines are Lindstrom-Galiardi-Jones and Landeskog-O’Reilly-Winnik.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Indications are that Jonas Gustavsson will start in net tonight against the Blue Jackets. Mirtle thinks that Reimer will be back on Saturday.
  • Steve Zipay of Newsday: Projected Rangers lines: Dubinsky-Richards-Callahan;  Wolski-Stepan-Gaborik; Prust-Boyle-Fedotenko; Anisimov-Christensen-Deveaux. Healthy scratch: Avery.
  • Brian Compton of Jets lines: Andrew Ladd – Bryan Little – Kyle Wellwood, Evander Kane – Nik Antropov – Alexander Burmistrov, Kenndal McArdle – Tim Stapleton – Blake Wheeler, Tanner Glass – Jim Slater – Chris Thorburn. Defensive pairings: Randy Jones – Dustin Byfuglien, Brett Festerling – Zach Bogosian, Johnny Oduya – Mark Flood.
  • Dan Murphy via twitter: Wild lines: Heatley-Koivu-Latendresse Bouchard-Cullen-Setoguchi Clutterbuck-Brodziak-Johnson Gillies-Powe-Staubitz.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets lines: Prospal – MacKenzie – Nash; Calvert – Vermette – Johansen; Umberger – Pahlsson – Bass; Giroux – Brassard – Dorsett.
  • Brian McNally via twitter: Capitals lines at practice: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin. Eakin-Johansson-Perreault. Chimera-Laich-Ward-King. Hendricks-Halpern-Knuble.

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Salary cap could increase $2 million which would the Penguins and others … James Wisniewski may seek #2 Dman money and/or be traded … NHL Draft Rumors

  • Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Pittsburgh Penguins and the rest of the league received some good news in that according to Gary Bettman, the salary cap could be going up by about $2 million from it’s current $56.8 million. This might make it a bit easier for the Penguins to re-sign Sergei Gonchar and Matt Cooke. GM Ray Shero said that Ruslan Fedotenko won’t be back, and that they are talking to Jay McKee, but they might go a different direction. Bill Gurein wants to play next year, but the Pens have to see if he fits in to their plans. No decision has been made on whether they want to bring Alexei Ponikarovsky back or not.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: The Anaheim Ducks will retain the negotiating rights with James Wisniewski by offering him a qualifying offer before the June 25th cut off date. Wisniewski may be looking for a nice raise on his one-year, $2.75 million deal he signed last year. He was 20th in ice time and may be seeking #2 Dman money. If that is the case, look for the Ducks to continue to try and trade him (at the deadline they were trying to move him). Ducks GM Bob Murray has yet to meet with Saku Koivu or his agent. Murray has talked to the agent of Sheldon Brookbank.
  • Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburgh Times: They can’t talk contract extension until after July 1st, but Lightning GM Steve Yzerman plans to start conversations with Steven Stamkos. Stamkos agent told the paper he’d “welcome” the discussion.
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier said there won’t be a major overhaul of the club. The Canadiens have about 11 million to sign 7 players. They’ll look to trade both Kostitsyn’s but that could be difficult. The 6’5″ Ryan O’Byrne could also be trade bait. Gauthier and Tomas Plekanec’s agent have talked but no offer has been made, and it’s doubtful the Canadiens will overpay for him. He’s rumored to be after $5 million a season. Jaroslav Halak has arbitration rights, and has put up numbers similar to goalies in the $4-5 million range.
  • Gare Joyce of ESPN: The Florida Panthers might be willing to trade down from their #3 draft slot. One Eastern Conference GM said he thinks draft prospect, Jack Campbell, could be a top-10 pick. Kirill Kabanov’s draft stock continues to be surrounded by red flags. One top scout said they won’t interview him, therefore won’t draft him. He met with 17 teams. Brett Connolly who’s draft slot has been in question due battling an injury all season (hip injury), survived the testing and looked good. He’s projected as a top-10 pick, possible a top-5 if further medical tests are good.

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