Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Philadelphia Flyers are close to signing winger Claude Giroux to a contract extension. There is unrest in Calgary, Jarome Iginla trade rumors, coach and management issues, assistant GM Jay Feaster could take over (IMO, the Sutter’s need to go before any player decisions are made). The New Jersey Devils would like to add a defenseman. Ed Jovanovski is a UFA this year, he could be dealt or resigned, but they may not be able to do a deal with the Coyotes without the consent of potential owners Matthew Hulsizer or the True North Group, no formal discussion have taken place. The San Jose Sharks are looking for a defenseman to fill the departed Rob Blake’s minutes, they’ll likely wait till it’s closer to the trade deadline. Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson could get some interest at the trade deadline. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli will have plenty to consider at the GM meetings starting on Tuesday, as teams will be looking for deals to help them fix some of their cap issues, a chance Michael Ryder could be dealt.
Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan are off to a good start with the NY Rangers, and both will be looking for nice raises. Dubinsky is in the final year of his 2 year deal making $1.85 million per season. Callahan is making $2.3 million in the last year of his deal.
Curtis Zupke of the OC Register: Injured Ducks, Dan Sexton, Matt Beleskey and Joffrey Lupul all practiced yesterday. It was Sexton’s first practice after breaking his nose.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators forward Milan Michalek skated yesterday for the first time in a week after experiencing tendinitis in his knee. Michalek could return on Tuesday against the Thrashers.
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