Afternoon Hits III: Blues, Sabres, Islanders, Senators, Blackhawks, Kesler, MacDonald and Predators

  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: After the Blues and Sabres trade, the Blues for sure will not have an interest in Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald since they likely won’t have a first round pick in the next two drafts. Reports have the Kings and Sharks interested in MacDonald. A half dozen teams have inquired about Thomas Vanek. Islanders GM Garth Snow will be looking for a goaltender this summer.
  • David Pagnotta: The Islanders haven’t reached out Andrew MacDonald regarding a contract in a while. Asking price is high, but they are set on trading him.
  • Darren Dreger: Sounding like Chris Phillips wants a two year contract extension. The Senators prefer a one-year deal.
  • John Vogl: Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan on a contract extension: “Right now I can’t even discuss that. It’s such an emotional roller coaster.”
  • The Fourth Period: Sources saying the Blackhawks are extremely interested in Ryan Kesler. The Penguins put an offer on the table and the Red Wings, Flyers and Blue Jackets are also interested. The Blackhawks are also interested Martin Brodeur.
  • Will DePaoli: The Canucks were scouting the Penguins AHL team on Thursday.
  • Mark Spector: Doubtful that Kesler would accept a trade to the Maple Leafs.
  • Rob Tychkowski: The Predators could send Devan Dubnyk to the AHL when Pekka Rinne returns this week. Interesting as Dubnyk is on a one-way deal and Carter Hutton is on a two-way. Hutton has started 10 of their last 11.


  1. Alphonse wallace

    03/02/2014 at 4:17 pm

    I’m not a Canucks fan, I think right now Canucks be crazy to trade Kesler unless re-building or would get more around or on draft day, I’m sure Canucks would want prospect taravainan, Leddy, 1st and 2nd picks from Blackhawks since so much rival. From Pittsburgh sutter, pouliot, Philadelphia schenn, gustafsson 1st, prospect from Columbus rychel, Jenner But just don’t see happening. Best Waite

  2. Alphonse wallace

    03/02/2014 at 4:53 pm

    Sh Justin Braun and pick for islanders. LA first pick or 2nd pick and Alec Martinez

  3. hotwings

    03/02/2014 at 5:42 pm

    canucks look to be in more than a mess than the oilers… another case of wasted talent… the canucks have a good team to build around, with the sedins, good d core, kesler+luongo.. now they want to part with edler, luongo, kesler? seems like Gillis is a mental incompetant and autistic…

  4. Matt

    03/02/2014 at 9:00 pm

    Maybe also Blackhawks also take back Luongo but don’t have lots of Cap space and would have to give more back that are on NHL Roster.

  5. Canucks fan

    03/03/2014 at 1:08 am

    Kesler grew up rooting against the Wings as he was a huge Avs fan in the 90s, he might go to Columbus but that would mean getting Johansen and I don’t see that happening. I would love to get Beau Bennett and Scott Harrington plus a 2nd round pick for Kesler and Edler

  6. hotwings

    03/03/2014 at 1:42 am

    i think the pens need kesler to put them over the top… they might have an easy ride getting to the finals this year, but they would likely lose to juggernauts such as ducks/blues/hawks…

  7. hankbemis

    03/03/2014 at 10:40 am

    @hotwings hmmm…. sounds like last year when they just needed iginla to put them over the top