Steve Zipay: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said that there were several discussions with Martin St. Louis about the decision to trade him. Tells media to ask St. Louis “why the Rangers.”
Wes Gilbertson: Flames GM Brian Burke said they agreed on terms of a deal that would have seen them take on a contract, but the other team couldn’t make it happen by the deadline.
Buffalo Sabres: Sabres GM Tim Murray: “I didn’t come into today expecting to trade draft picks.” Liked the forward prospects #Sabres got though. “Heavy, skilled forwards.”
Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins GM Ray Shero said they asked about Ryan Kesler, but there was not a deal to be made. Shero added that their goal was to increase their forward depth and they think they’ve done that.
Sky Kerstein: Capitals GM George McPhee on them getting Rostislav Klesla in the Martin Erat trade: “it’s the only way Phoenix could do the deal”
Paul Friesen: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff: “I was close to paying some of those (high) prices (for a rental player).”
Ken Wiebe: Cheveldayoff said there was interest in some of their pending UFAs, but they weren’t in a sell-mode. Added that there were plenty of calls made on rental players, mostly forwards. He never talked about trading a first round pick.
Ed Tait: Cheveldayoff said there were no serious conversations about any of their core players.
Chris Kuc: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman: “I always just kind of chuckle when I see all these reports. I guess that’s the world we live in today.”
Dave Feschuk: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis said they are not ready for a rental player: “When you can give up 1st-rd picks or top young players and not feel it, you’re ready.”
Dave Feschuk: Nonis said that he talked with other GMs whose “teams with a chance to win the Cup” and they were complaining that the asking prices were too high.
Randy Miller: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on Martin Brodeur: “it’s a shame that with no substance at different times and no facts that people say things.”
Tim Panaccio: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that there were “no real discussions” on Ryan Kesler other than finding out what the Canucks wanted. No real offer was made.