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Afternoon Rumors I: Spezza, Stars, Hawks, Wings, Sens, Bruins, Wild, Goalies and Top 10 Rentals

  • TSN: Sources telling Darren Dreger that the Senators are ‘quietly gauging interest’ in Jason Spezza. Spezza has a no-trade clause. Spezza has one-year left on his deal and carries a $7 million salary cap hit. He has a salary of $4 million next season.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Stars won’t be looking at rentals, looking for hockey deals.

    “Correct, we’re not going to be in the rental market,” Stars GM Jim Nill told ESPN.com Monday. “But if there’s a hockey deal that makes sense, we’ll look at it.”

    “We’re open for business, I’m always looking at things, but I’m not rushing to do something just to move a body to get a pick,” said Nill.

    LeBrun thinks the Blackhawks will stand pat. Can always change quickly though.

    The Red Wings are among the teams interested in Christian Ehrhoff. He’s a $4 million salary cap hit, but is only owed $17 million over the next seven seasons.

    Nothing new to report on Chris Phillips one-year offer from the Senators. He’s believed to be looking for a two-year extension. The Bruins could be interested, but it’s not known if the Senators would want to trade him to a division rival.

    The Bruins are among the teams interested in Andrew MacDonald.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Wild seem like a fit for Martin Brodeur. Darcy Kuemper has looked really good, but what if he falters or gets hurt? Niklas Backstrom has battled injuries all season and Josh Harding has his MS flare ups. They looked at Ryan Miller before he was dealt. Jaroslav Halak could be an option. Two questions are: Does Lamoriello want to trade Marty and will the Wild give the Devils what they would want for Marty? Viktor Fasth could be available. Same with Tim Thomas, Justin Peters and Ilya Bryzgalov.
  • Pat Pickens of SportsNet: Top 10 rental players: 1. Thomas Vanek 2. Jaromir Jagr 3. Ryan Callahan 4. Andrew MacDonald 5. Brad Boyes 6. David Legwand 7. Matt Moulson 8. Ales Hemsky 9. Chris Phillips 10. Mike Cammalleri

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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: Anaheim Ducks

Written by Justin Ritzel and can be followed at @justinritzel.

USATSI_7776152_154224518_lowresDespite sitting atop the National Hockey League standings for a better part of the past two months, there is a shred of doubt of the legitimacy on whether the Anaheim Ducks are true Stanley Cup contenders. Perhaps it is their quick playoff exit in the first round of the 2013 NHL Playoffs, or head coach Bruce Boudreau’s lack of playoff success, but the question remains on whether these Ducks can compete with the likes of Chicago, St. Louis, or Los Angeles in a seven-game series.

During his tenure as General Manager in Anaheim, Bob Murray has made exactly one blockbuster trade. The deal was the one that shipped future Hall of Fame Defenseman Chris Pronger to the Philadelphia Flyers for Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa, and a first round draft pick that the Ducks used to select forward Kyle Palmieri. Suffice to say, Murray has been reluctant to take a big swing via trade, electing to fill holes with low-level deals instead.

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Injury Notes: Isles, Lightning, Wings, Blue Jackets, Rangers, Capitals, Wild, Leafs, Habs, Preds, Jets, Coyotes, Pens and Ducks

  • Arthur Staple: John Tavares has a knee injury and is done for the Olympics. Initial news on Tavares is not good, could be multiple ligament damage.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos’ timetable is still open ended. The goal for him to is be ready to play against the Predators. He’ll likely have an x-ray on Monday. The best case scenario is that he play on their road trip. Worst case is that he’ll be ready for their homestand starting on March 6th.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg will be flying home on Thursday on an NHL charter. He will be seeing a specialist ASAP.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Marian Gaborik has been cleared for contact. He’ll start being more physical in practices and is looking to return on Febrary 27th.
  • Pat Leonard: Rangers Mats Zuccarello has a non-displaced fracture in his left hand. He’s heading back to New York tomorrow and will see a doctor in the afternoon. Renaud Lavoie: He should be out for three weeks.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets James Wisniewski (broken pinkie toe) is questionable for practices this week.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Mike Green (concussion), Mikhail Grabovski (left ankle) and Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau) all practiced yesterday. Katie Carrera: Green said he passed his neuropsychological test and expects to play in Florida next week.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild center Mikko Koivu has been clear to practice. He’s been out since January 4th with a broken ankle. Marco Scandella is on his way back from a sprained MCL.
  • Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland has looked his best since his tendon injury. It is expected that he’ll be back in the lineup on Feb. 27th against the Islanders.
  • Missy Zielinski: Anders Lindback, Ben Bishop and Steven Stamkos all practiced yesterday. Valtteri Filppula (non-displaced fracture right ankle) did not practice. Damian Cristodero: Bishop said that he’ll be ready to go in Nashville on Feb. 27th. His wrist will still be monitored and may have to be addressed in the summer.
  • John Lu: Alex Galchenyuk isn’t sure if he’s been cleared for contact. It was his first skate with the team today. He said that his main issue is getting the dexterity back in his right hand for fine movements like toe drags, etc.
  • Josh Cooper: Predators Pekka Rinne skated for an hour yesterday and looked tired by the end of it.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets defenseman  Tobias Enstrom has a lower-body issue and forward Devin Setoguchi has a bursa sac issue. Both are not serious.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Derek Morris is still out with an upper-body injury.
  • Scott Mitchell: Flames coach Bob Hartley on the Curtis Glencross’s ankle injury: ”He feels better, but, obviously, not good enough to be skating with the team.”
  • Josh Yohe: Penguins Tomas Vokoun has been medically cleared to pay but needs to get into shape.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Johan Franzen practice yesterday and is hoping to be ready to return to the lineup next Wednesday. He’s missed 22 of the last 23 games with a concussion. Stephen Weiss (sports hernia surgery) and Jakub Kindle (lower-body) also expect to be ready.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Viktor Fasth is “fully ready to go.” Stephens thinks he could go on a conditioning stint.

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Injury Notes: Hartnell, Perry, Fasth, Martinez and Rinne

  • Sam Carchidi: A CT scan on Flyers Scott Hartnell’s foot revealed no damage. He will be in the lineup today.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Corey Perry had a maintenance day yesterday. Viktor Fasth has been on the ice wearing pads. He hasn’t taken shots yet though.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings defenseman Alec Martinez is out with a hyperextended elbow after a collision with Andrew Cogliano, Jonathan Quick and the net on Saturday.
  • Ryan B. Miller: Predators Paul Fenton on Center Ice Radio show on Pekka Rinne: “Fenton was asked about Pekka possibly coming down to Milwaukee on a conditioning assignment: We’ve done our homework on him. He’ll still be able to have a conditioning stint at some particular time. It could be split into a week at a time so that he could come down and maybe finish before the Olympic break and then just before the Olympic break is over, he could come down. We’ve looked into it, but again, we’re not getting ahead of ourselves here. Pekka is feeling really good. I watch him work out regularly in the gym, but not on the ice.

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Injury Notes: Hamilton, Parise, Rome, Bortuzzo, Franzen, Neal, Allen, Dwyer, Fasth, Harding and Hemsky

  • Joe McDonald: Bruins coach Claude Julien on Dougie Hamilton’s concussion: ”He’ll be out for a little bit, but we don’t anticipate it being too, too long.”
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Zach Parise skated yesterday morning with assistant coach Darby Hendrickson.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars coach Lindy Ruff said that defenseman Aaron Rome (lower-body) will be out for a bit.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Roberto Bortuzzo thinks he has been cleared to play on Wednesday.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Johan Franzen said he’s still experiencing dizziness and is not feeling good. Status for Thursday is uncertain.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins James Neal’s injury is not related to his previous injury according to coach Dan Bylsma.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Bryan Allen (lower-body) practiced yesterday.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Patrick Dwyer (lower-body) and Drayson Bowman (lower-body) should be ready to return by Saturday.
  • Dan Wood: Ducks Viktor Fasth (lower-body) is expected to start skating this week or next week.
  • Helene Elliott: Kings defenseman Matt Greene is out with an upper-body injury.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Josh Harding practiced yesterday and hopes to do so today.
  • Rob Tychkowski: Oilers Ales Hemsky’s ankle is badly swollen, but x-rays didn’t show a break. He’s doubtful for Minnesota.

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Morning Rumors: Jets, Sabres, Caps, Sens, Sharks, Blues, Canadiens, Avs, Canes and Leafs

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Jets have a lot of options if they look to make some moves. A lot of their key players are still under contract from two to six years. Talk is that the younger they are, the harder it is to get them. Friedman wouldn’t trade Evander Kane unless the return was massive.

    Friedman thinks Dustin Byfuglien would be a defenseman that Capitals Adam Oates would love to coach.

    Sabres GM Tim Murray said there are no untouchables on his team, but prepare to make a big offer if you want someone like Zemgus Girgensons, Tyler Myers or Rasmus Ristolainen.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Senators GM Bryan Murray may look to move some of their young talent to bring in some missing pieces.

    “I think we do have a good number of young people I would think other organizations would be interested in,” Murray said. “The Bobby Ryan deal [last summer] required us to give up a young player, a couple of young players. I think it’s been a good thing for us, and I believe it’ll be a good thing for Anaheim.

    “But, yes, we’re open to talking about moving a young part or two to get the required player that we would need.”

    They won’t trade Curtis Lazar though. Murray would like to add a forward that could have an impact, either through scoring or physical aspect.

  • CP on SportsNet: Senators GM Bryan Murray:

    “We do have a number of players that probably are deserving of playing some games or playing in the NHL that may not get a chance because of our numbers up here that we would talk to teams about for a more veteran-type player,” Murray said.

    “We hope to have kind of an objective by the trading deadline, by the Olympic break, whatever the case may be, and then we’ll see where we go,” Murray said.

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Kurz thinks the Sharks are already looking for a scoring winger, but not to expect anything until closer to the trade deadline, possibly just before the Feb. 8th Olympic break. Kurz doesn’t think it would be a big name. The Sharks have their first and second round picks, along with the Penguins second round pick from the Douglas Murray trade.
  •  Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The biggest question surrounding the Blues is their goaltending despite how productive they’ve been. Ryan Miller’s name keeps coming up, but they are tight against the salary cap and it may be difficult to move out enough money to offset Miller’s cap hit. The Blues may also not be willing to part with the young prospects/players and picks the Sabres would want in return. The Blues could look trade one of Brian Elliott or Jaroslav Halak and bring up Jake Allen to be their backup.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: If the Sabres decide to part with Ryan Miller, teams like the Blues, Islanders, Panthers, Flames and Oilers could use a frontline goalie. The Sabres can’t let Miller go for nothing. Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff needs to improve their goaltending situation. The Ducks have four goaltenders:  Jonas HillerViktor FasthFrederik Anderssen, and John Gibson. The Kings have three goalies behind Jonathan Quick: Ben ScrivensMartin Jones, and Jean-Francois Berube. Even if it requires a Blake Wheeler, Dustin Byfuglien or Evander Kane, so be it.
  • Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette: Pending UFA defenseman Andrei Markov would like to stay with the Canadiens.

    “Maybe I’m going to sign another contract tomorrow. Maybe in another month. We’ll see,” he said. “I’d like to stay here for the rest of my career. You can see some players in their 40s who still play. I don’t want to think that far. Whatever is going to happen tomorrow will happen tomorrow.”

    Preliminary talks have begun.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly’s camp haven’t talked contract since the summer. They will talk again after the season, and things seem to be good between two sides. There is optimism that a new deal could get done. Things are different now with Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”The Senators gave been available to make a deal all year. Speculation has always been money is limiting them.” … ”If right offer comes along & it requires Melnyk to loosen the purse strings. I believe that he will do that if its within reason”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I think the guys that run the Jets are aware that they are not a Western Conf juggernaut.” … ”With their roster though, they expected better play. They were basically underperformimg. Pavelec’s goaltending now in focus”
  • Brian Wilde: “McGuire on the Jets: They’re built with wingers. Nobody wins with great wingers. Build down the middle and with defence. That’s how to win.”
  • Jason Brough of Pro Hockey Talk: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff:

    “I think we still need to acquire pieces to either establish a larger core, or maybe move some pieces that re-establish some different things,” Cheveldayoff said this afternoon on TSN 1050 radio.

    “This is still a project that’s in the works.”

  • Darren Dreger: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruuttu name is back in trade talk, as he could draw some interest.
  • Howard Berger: A Western Conference source said the Maple Leafs are looking for a “big body” forward.

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Injury Notes: Rinne, Comeau, Gudas, Burrows, Fasth, Eriksson and Kane

  • Nashville Predators: Pekka Rinne has been cleared to start weight-bearing exercises. There is still no timetable on his return.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Blake Comeau has a sprained left MCL and will be out four to six weeks.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas didn’t practice yesterday and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Farhan Lalji: Canucks Alex Burrows won’t be cleared by doctors until after the Coyotes games next week and hopes to play against the Flames. He saw a specialist in Nashville on New Years Eve.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Viktor Fasth’s recovery is going slowly. He was week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

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Late Morning Rumors: Kadri, Gardiner, Gagner, Skinner, Briere, Kane and some Goaltenders

  • The Fourth Period: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis is still looking for a top-six forward. It is thought that he could be willing to trade Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner if they get the right offer. The Rangers, Devils, Flyers and Oilers have reportedly inquired about Gardiner. The Oilers are actively shopping Sam Gagner. The Leafs and Oilers have scouted each other this season, but it’s not known if trade talks have progressed. The Leafs had shown interest in Jeff Skinner in the past, but Hurricanes are not looking to trade him at this time.
  • The Fourth Period: There were rumors that the Sabres and Canadiens were discussing a deal involving Daniel Briere, but talks have quieted. With Alex Galchenyuk breaking his hand and out for six weeks, Briere may be staying put for the time being. The Canadiens have inquired about Jets Evander Kane.
  • Dan Rosen of NHL.com: (mailbag) Rosen can see the Capitals and Blues making goaltender moves. The Hurricanes shouldn’t do anything while Cam Ward is injured. The same can be said for the Ducks and Viktor Fasth. Trading Jonas Hiller would obviously be a mistake. Philipp Grubauer’s play has made Michal Neuvirth available. Neuvirth to the Islanders makes sense.

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Injury Notes: Canadiens, Blues, Ducks, Senators, Sabres, Flyers, Coyotes and Avalanche

  • Dave Stubbs: Canadiens George Parros is seeing a concussion specialist at the University of Michigan.
  • Lou Korac: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that Jordan Leopold should be ready by this weekend.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Bruce Boudreau said there is no update for Sheldon Souray, Luca Sbisa or Viktor Fasth. They are week-to-week. Sbisa skated yesterday.
  • James O’Brien of Pro Hockey Talk(from video) Senators Jason Spezza (hip flexor) thinks he’s getting closer to returning to the lineup. He’s on the IR and has missed their last three games.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Drew Stafford left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • David Strehle: Flyers Michael Raffl left last night’s game with a concussion.
  • Phoenix Coyotes: Coyotes Oliver Ekman-Larsson left last night’s game with an upper-body injury. Sarah McLellan: Coach Dave Tippett said that OEL “looked alright.” They took him out as more of a precaution and is considered day-to-day.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Alex Tanguay had treatment yesterday at the arena, but still hasn’t skated.

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Morning Rumors: Canes, Jackets, Habs, Sabres, Ducks, Hawks, Leafs, Avs, Panthers, Kings, Pens and Lucic

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford has been calling around to see what the market for Justin Peters is like. The Oilers are said to have more than a passing interest in Peters.

    Pat LaFontaine’s GM search has grown, with two league executives saying he’s asked permission to speak with 15 to 20 people. Some teams don’t like the idea of losing someone mid-season, with some refusing permission. Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning is the leading candidate.

    Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen wants to make a move. They could use a forward.

    The Canadiens would like a skilled scorer up front, but they don’t have a lot to give up. They have tried to move Brian Gionta in the past, but he won’t get them the return they’d like.

    The Blues, Blackhawks and possibly the Ducks have shown some interest in Sabres Ryan Miller. Miller’s value will be at it’s highest at the trade deadline. The Sabres will have to make a decision on Steve Ott as well.

    The Blackhawks have been sniffing around for help down the middle.

    The Maple Leafs want to do something, especially down the middle.

    Talk is that anyone on the Hurricanes could be available except for: Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner or Cam Ward. They are pushing for a playoff spot, but they’d like to make some changes. Names that keep coming up: Tim Gleason, Jiri Tlusty and Tuomo Ruutu.

    The Avalanche are looking for a defenseman. It’s believed they have shown some interest Michael Del Zotto, but the Rangers want a top-four defenseman in return and the Avs don’t have that.

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon is still trying to make moves. At some point he’ll be able to trade Dmitry Kulikov, Tom Gilbert, Shawn Matthias and Marcel Goc.

  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: The Avalache are looking for a defenseman, but Dater doesn’t think that Michael Del Zotto will be the guy.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Kings might see what they can get for Ben Scrivens once Jonathan Quick returns from injury.

    Matheson thinks the Ducks will look to re-sign Jonas Hiller as long as he isn’t looking for too much money. The Ducks could then look to trade Viktor Fasth.

  • The Fourth Period: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting the Penguins will look at extending some players “over the next little bit.” Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen will be UFAs at the end of the season. The Penguins currently have about $16 million in cap space for next season.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”Most of Leafs nation see the value of Clarkson aside from the suspensions.”
  • Brian Stubits on CBS Sports: Youtube video from Vancouver on Saturday night. An incident involving Bruins Milan Lucic, who says that he was hit three times but didn’t hit the guy back. Language warning.

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Morning Rumors: Cammalleri, Matthias, Cogliano, Ruutu, Fistric, Anderson and Scouting Canes-Bruins

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: If the Islanders were looking at Jonas Hiller, but Viktor Fasth most recent injury shut that door. Matheson thinks the Penguins or Rangers will make the biggest play for Mike Cammalleri at the trade deadline. Cammalleri will be owed $1.25 million at the deadline. The Penguins could use some offense outside of their top 6. The Oilers have tried for two years to get Shawn Matthias out of Florida.  He’s playing on the wing this year, but is a normally a center. Matheson thinks that the Oilers should look to bring back Andrew Cogliano this summer as a free agent. The Hurricanes would love to move Tuomo Ruutu and his $4.75 million contract, but there haven’t been any takers. With Luca Sbisa out, the Ducks won’t be shopping Mark Fistric.
  • Wayne Scanlan: Senators coach Paul MacLean keeps repeating that Craig Anderson is their “No.1 goaltender,” but the more he says it, the less Anderson seems to play.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Scouting the Bruins-Hurricanes game on Saturday: Leafs (2), Oilers (2), Capitals, Sharks, Canadiens, Islanders, Flames and Sabres.

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Injury Notes: Sbisa, Fasth, Harding, Clowe, Volchenkov, Salvador, Reaves, Datsyuk and Alfredsson

  • Eric Stephens: Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa will be out six to eight weeks with a torn tendon in his right hand. Goalie Viktor Fasth will be out three to four weeks with lower-body muscle inflammation.
  • NHL on TSN: Wild goalie Josh Harding stepped on a puck during warm-ups and was not able to play. Michael Russo: Harding few with the team to the St. Louis. If the injury was serious, he would have flown back to Minnesota.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said that Ryane Clowe, out with a concussion, started skating this week. Anton Volchenkov (leg muscle) has started skating as well. Defenseman Bryce Salvador (foot stress fracture) has not started to skate. Lamoriello will have a better update on Monday.
  • Andy Strickland: Blues Ryan Reaves has a broken hand and is out for four weeks. He broke it in a fight with Stars Brenden Dillon.
  • Ansar Khan: The Wings are being cautious with Pavel Datsyuk in case he has a concussion. GM Ken Holland said that Daniel Alfredsson would replace Datsyuk in the lineup today. Alfredsson has missed the past five games with a groin issue. Jakub Kindl (hip) is traveling with the team and is expected to play. Todd Bertuzzi (upper-body) will not play today.

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