On the Boston Bruins …
Jimmy Murphy: Multiple sources are saying that teams are calling the Bruins about defenseman Kevan Miller. The Bruins aren’t looking to trade him at this time. Sense is the Bruins like their depth on the blue line.
On the Buffalo Sabres …
Mike Harrington: There is zero chance that the Sabres fire another coach.
On the New York Islanders, San Jose Sharks, Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens …
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Trade talk is picking up, but teams are still in the tire-kicking stage. There are more buyers than sellers.
“There’s not a lot of teams that are out of it right now,” one league executive said Saturday. “Yes, a lot of teams are calling around, but it’s going to take some time before the market gets set.”
There is some talk that the New York Islanders are getting increasingly nervous about John Tavares future. Tavares’s camp may not be that interested in talking about a new deal during the season. The Islanders entered yesterday two points out of the playoffs, and if they are close, they won’t be trading him.
The San Jose Sharks are looking for a forward.
The Ottawa Senators are getting interest in forwards Mike Hoffman, Zack Smith, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau. The Sens are getting a few calls about defenseman Cody Ceci. The Senators won’t be trading center Derick Brassard. The Blues are interested in Hoffman and scouted the team on Friday. Defenseman Johnny Oduya will likely be traded by the deadline.
The Calgary Flames could release Jaromir Jagr and he could then play for the Czech Republic at the Winter Olympics. The Flames have been looking for a forward.
The Montreal Canadiens are reportedly looking for a top forward, and a first-round pick for Max Pacioretty.