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Posts Tagged Travis Moen
Quick hits: player salaries, realignment, Orlov, Stewart, and players visiting hospitals in Montreal
- Kevin Gibson via twitter: Based on the 2012-13 salaries, players lose $9,729,729 everyday. There are still free agents, so that number would be higher.
- Louis Jean via twitter: Realignment was discussed during the Board of Governors meetings on Wednesday, but it will not be apart of CBA discussions.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Dmitry Orlov suffered an upper-body injury last night, but it may not be serious according Hersey’s coach, Mark French.
- The Stats Guy via twitter: Blues Chris Stewart is leaving Germany and heading back to North America.
Leafs could be close on a deal … Habs-Moen close … Lightning talking Dmen … Pens after Suter’s rights … Ryan speaks his mind
- Mike Morreale via twitter: Brian Burke: “I’m not going to overpay to upgrade at the [goalie] position.” David Alter via twitter: Burke said they could be close on a deal. Talked with the Flyers and Predators tables on day 2. Chris Johnston via twitter: Burke on Jordan Staal: “We didn’t have a brother named Staal. That was part of the problem.” Damien Cox via twitter: To get Jordan Staal the Maple Leafs would have had to give up a good roster forward, the #5 pick and their best non-NHL defenseman prospect. They don’t have the depth yet to do that.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: Penguins GM Ray Shero expects the trade market to develop after the bigger names sign on July 1st. There is lots of activity between GMs.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said he’s confident that they will get a deal done with Travis Moen this week.
- Tampa Bay Lightning via twitter: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman had discussions with some teams about defenseman.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on if he’s had any negotiations with Zach Parise: “No, not at this point.”
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: A source said this morning that the Penguins were working hard to get the rights to Ryan Suter. Though Suter has expressed interest in remaining in the Western Conference, Pens GM Ray Shero thinks he can talk him into coming to Pittsburgh. Shero drafted Suter in 2003. The Flyers have interest in Suter, but sources say he doesn’t have interest in coming to Philadelphia.
- Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: Dupont fully expects the Bruins to have re-signed Tuukka Rask before July 1st, in the 3-5 year range.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks Bobby Ryan is fed up with the Ducks and wants out:
“I take things personally,” Ryan told the newspaper. “Anaheim to me has been a team over the past year that really has shown me nothing to prove that they want me here, unfortunately.
“Obviously, it’s not the ideal situation. When you get drafted, you want to win championships with that team and every time they look to add a piece to the puzzle, I’m the piece going the other way.
“I gotta be honest with you. At this point, I don’t care. Move me … because it’s just tough going to the rink every day knowing that if something goes wrong, you’re going to be the guy moved.”
“Everybody wants to play in your hometown, but it would be tough because a lot of expectations come when you’re put into a situation like that,” Ryan told the newspaper. “For me, if I’m moved, Philadelphia would be a very ideal and comfortable place for me.”
- Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: The Maple Leafs made an unsuccessful pitch for Roberto Luongo last night.
“I don’t need a goaltender until we play the first game,” Burke told reporters. “And we are far more comfortable with the guys we have than the media seems to be. If we can upgrade at a reasonable price, we will. I don’t feel any pressure to [trade for a goalie] now.”
“We’re listening to a number of different situations,” Gillis said Friday. “I haven’t made my mind up yet on what direction we’re going to go. I think it’s more prudent to be patient and make sure we’re doing the right thing for our organization and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Moen-Habs talking … Possible Rangers offseason targets … Devils offseason issues … Flyers and Wild will be interested in Parise
- Will DePaoli via twitter: The Canadiens and Travis Moen have held preliminary talks. Moen made $1.5 million last year.
- Brian Monzo of CBS New York: The Rangers have held preliminary talks with Brandon Prust and Martin Biron. Anton Stralman likely won’t be back. Before the new CBA, the Rangers could have close to $21 million in cap space. If they re-sign Prust and Biron, they could be in the $17-$18 million range. Monzo thinks they should go after Zach Parise. Shane Doan is another option. It’s likely that Matt Carle re-signs with the Flyers, but if he hits the free agent market, the Rangers should take a look. Paul Gaustad would look good on the 3rd or 4th line for the next few years. Justin Schultz is another defenseman the Rangers could look at.
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The Devils have some serious offseason issues to look at. 1. They need to re-sign Zach Parise. 2. They need to get Ilya Kovalchuk’s health straightened out. 3. Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg are free agents, and prospect Scott Wedgewood isn’t ready.
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Flyers will be one of the teams interested in Zach Parise. Martin Brodeur has said the Devils need to lock him up.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: The Wild are not allowed to say, but they are hoping that if Zach Parise becomes a free agent, he’ll be interested in going home. The Wild may also be selling Ryan Suter that they have the ability to win yearly with the help of their top prospects turning pro next year. Russo thinks the Wild may trade for their rights if it gets to that point.
Letang out … Some of the top UFAs … Possible Maple Leafs coaches … Backstrom’s injury not short-term … JVR breaks foot
- Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has some concussion symptoms according to coach Dan Bylsma. He will miss Saturday’s game, but will remain with the team until they return home after the game. Winger Steve Sullivan is questionable for Saturday night.
- Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Sportak notes some of the best UFAs available in an overall weak crop: Zach Parise, Shane Doan, Jiri Hudler, Mikhail Grobovski, Alexander Semin .. Role players in: Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton, David Jones, Jarret Stoll, Travis Moen, Paul Gaustad, P.A. Parenteau, Brandon Prust, Arron Asham and Dominic Moore … Along the blueline: Ryan Suter, Bryan Allen, Brad Stuart, Barret Jackman, Pavel Kubina, Matt Carle and Nicklas Grossman … noteworthy RFAs: Tuukka Rask, Cory Schneider, Anders Lindback and Shea Weber. (our free agent lists, starting with the Centers and RFAs)
- Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Koshan lists some coaches who could replace current Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson if he’s fired: The Usual Suspects: Randy Carlyle, Marc Crawford, Mike Keenan. Ready for the Next Step? Dallas Eakins, Mike Haviland, Brad Shaw, Todd Nelson, Patrick Roy. And then there is: Scott Gordon, John Anderson, Andy Murray and Craig Ramsay. Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox thinks that Dallas Eakins should be the next Leafs coach.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom will be out for both Friday and Sunday’s games, and will be re-evaluated on Monday. He has a deep bone bruise on his ankle.
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom left last night’s game with what looks to be a serious lower-body injury. Backstrom was not able to put any pressure on his leg as he was helped off the ice. GM Chuck Fletcher said it’s not a short-term thing.
- Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Flyers James van Riemsdyk blocked a Milan Jurcina shot and broke a bone in his foot. There is no timetable yet, he’ll be re-evaluated today.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Lavoie thinks that Wild forward Guillaume Latendresse will need to feel better in the next 10 days or his season could be over.
- Mark Stepneski of ESPN: Stars forward Brenden Morrow skated yesterday. He’s been out for 14 games with neck and back issues.
“I am nowhere near game shape. It’s probably going to be a week or so before I am in any action,” Morrow said. “It’s going to be skating and different movements that my body hasn’t been in and make sure I am not causing any pain and then we’ll start getting in some practices, getting bumped around a bit. I’ll take it slow at the beginning and then ramp it up before getting into a game.”
- TSN: Senators goalie Craig Anderson is still unable to hold a stick after cutting several tendons on his pinky finger while preparing dinner last week. “It’s hard to say … obviously the timeline is wide open right now,” Anderson told reporters Thursday. “All I can do right now is make sure I stay in shape. I’m able to go out there and skate with my gear on. The main thing right now is keeping my legs, keeping everything strong, so when I do have a chance to come back, I’m physically ready to go.”
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Maple Leafs have a couple firm offers on a number of players. They are getting interest in their 2nd line but nothing is imminent.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: The Wings are looking to add a decent-sized forward. GM Ken Holland has had some talks but wasn’t close t a deal as of yesterday afternoon. Holland is not looking for a depth defenseman.
“I’ve talked to a few managers today, but nothing’s really cooking,” Holland said. “There’s not a lot of players (available). Maybe things change in the next 18 or 24 hours. We’ll see. So many teams are in the playoff hunt.”
Sabres Paul Gaustad and Canadiens Travis Moen could be options. Other players available are Sammy Pahlsson, Steve Ott, Mike Knuble, Mikael Samuelsson, David Jones, Daniel Winnik and T.J. Galiardi.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Admits deals are long-shots, but lists 10 trades he’d like to see: 1. Ryan Getzlaf for Matt Frattin, Luke Schenn and a 1st round pick. 2. Roberto Luongo for Jacob Markstrom and a 1st round pick 3. James van Riemsdyk for Steve Ott and a 1st round pick. 4. Patrick Kane for Derek Roy and Andrej Sekera 5. Ryan Malone for Paul Martin 6. Rick Nash for Tyler Seguin and a 1st round pick 7. Alexander Semin for Ryan Ellis 8. Jonathan Bernier for Clark MacArthur and Joe Colborne 9. Lubomir Visnovsky for Andrew MacDonald and a 2nd round pick 10. Dustin Byfuglien for Erik Gudbranson and 1st round pick.
Morning rumors involving: Maple Leafs, Wild, Sabres, Islanders, Blackhawks, Hurricanes, Stars, Red Wings and Predators
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Maple Leafs, Penguins and Senators are checking out the goalie market.The Pens and Sens are looking for depth, and have shown interest in Josh Harding. The Wild are looking for a top pick and prospect. The Leafs have talked to the Islanders about Evgeni Nabokov, but GM Garth Snow is saying he won’t be moved. There is plenty of interest in Sabres Derek Roy. The Leafs, Canadiens, Blackhawks and Kings were interested in Antoine Vermette before he was dealt to Phoenix. The Canadiens could be open to trading center Tomas Plekanec. The Islanders want to wait until after today’s game to decide whether they are buyers or sellers. P.A. Parenteau is interested in re-signing with the Islanders, but the Senators, Blackhawks, Bruins and Maple Leafs have shown interest in him. If the Hurricanes are able to re-sign Bryan Allen, they may move Jaroslav Spacek. It’s sounding like Steve Ott won’t be moved, Canucks and Leafs interested. Looking like Mike Ribeiro could be moved.
- The Fourth Period: One league executive is saying the Maple Leafs are looking to add 2 top 6 forwards, which may result in the Leafs dealing Mikhail Grabovski. It’s looking unlikely that he’ll be re-signing with the Leafs before the deadline. The Leafs have been offered a 2nd and a prospect. The Leafs are also eyeing Steve Ott, James van Riemsdyk and Paul Stastny.
- Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Jonathan Toews upper body injury is progressing. There is a chance he plays on Wednesday. Same goes for Niklas Hjalmarsson.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: The Islanders have a couple inquiries on Brian Rolston, so it won’t be a surprise if he gets claimed off waivers.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Don’t expect to see Red Wings Patrick Eaves back this season. He’s been out with a broken jaw and is still having headaches.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock likes his roster, but realizes you can’t have enough depth up front.
“We’re all focused on if we can improve our team,” Babcock said. “At the same time, we like our team. If there’s something there that can help us and makes sense, then that’s a great thing.
“Change just to change isn’t going to be the approach. We’ve already done a good job in giving ourselves depth on the back end (by acquiring defenseman Kyle Quincey on Tuesday). We want to get healthy up front, but if there’s something available to make us better, we’d like to acquire that.”
A list of players could include: Travis Moen, Paul Gaustad, Sammy Pahlsson, Steve Ott, Mike Knuble and Mikael Samuelsson.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile:
“This trading deadline is not setting up anywhere near the same, in my memory, as past trading deadline,” Poile said. “Now we have more situations where more teams are in the playoffs or ‘I’m two points out of the playoffs … I’m not sure If I’m a buyer or a seller.’ What we know for sure is how close the standings are and it’s really hard to identify very many sellers at this point.”
The Predators continue to look for a forward.
“We certainly could use more depth on our forwards,” Poile said. “You talk two things, a higher-end deal for a top-six or top-nine forward or you talk about your depth.”
Wings OK with not making any more trades, but could look for a forward … What do Sens do in net? Markov practices … Kostitsyn wants to stay
- John Niyo of the Detroit News: Wings GM Ken Holland on Thursday, “If we do nothing between now and Monday, I’m OK with it.” They have the cap space to make a move if they find one they like, which would likely be forward but the pickings are slim. Canadiens Travis Moen, Sabres Paul Gaustad and Blue Jackets Sammy Pahlsson would be nice rental additions.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: So Craig Anderson severed a tendon in his right finger cutting chicken. GM Bryan Murray wants to take the weekend to decide if he needs to go get a goalie. Alex Auld will start tonight, and Robin Lehner has been recalled. The Sharks called Senators and Leafs to see if they have any interest in picking Antero Niittymaki off waivers. Dwayne Roloson could be another option. Anderson had surgery on Thursday and could be 6-8 weeks, but Murray said he could be back on the ice next week.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: The Kings are still active on the trade front.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov practiced with teammates yesterday for the first time since December 5th. He said he isn’t experiencing any pain, but there is no timetable for his return, but he hopes to return before the end of season.
“I have to try a full contract practice,” he said. “I feel pretty good on the ice right now. As soon as I feel like I’m ready to play, I’ll play.”
- Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail: Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn, “I want to stay.” Kostitsyn said earlier this season that he’d take a pay cut to remain with the Canadiens.
- Globe and Mail podcast: Roundtable talking about Jeff Carter trade and other possible moves.
Bruins looking for impact player … Blues not shopping Stewart … Quincey speaks about Avs … Lecavalier out 3 weeks
- James Murphy of ESPN: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli may have changed his tune and could be after adding an impact player before the deadline. Nathan Horton’s concussion, Rich Peverley’s knee injury, and their lackluster play since January have all lead to this switch. They have $13.2 million in cap space that Chiarelli can add, but he may be hesitant to trade for a short-term rental as prices are currently “through the roof.” Players the Bruins could look at are forwards Ales Hemsky, Milan Hejduk, Kyle Okposo and defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, Jaroslav Spacek and Johnny Oduya.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Strickland doesn’t think the Blues are shopping Chris Stewart, but you can assume his name as come up. AHL goalie, Ben Bishop, will come up in rumors, with the Lightning potentially interested. One source thought the Blues would eventually got Steve Downie for Bishop and a draft pick. Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey may be a fit for someone looking to bolster their blueline. He has a $4.5 million cap hit, but is only owed $3 million in salary next year. One Bruins source wondered if the Bruins would look at getting Michael Ryder back from the Stars. The Bruins will focus on re-signing Tuukka Rask. Sources are saying that the Canadiens won’t move Travis Moen. Contract extension talks haven’t begun yet though. Ryan Smyth will likely sign an extension with the Oilers.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Kyle Quincey after being traded to the Red Wings:
“Everyone is ready to get shipped out any day. There’s a lot of guys, their bags are packed beside the door, and they wouldn’t be unhappy to go – trust me. I know I had a big smile on my face, and all the guys were jealous. I think there’s a bunch of guys that were pissed off they weren’t in a package deal”
“I truly believe, if you have confidence in a player, then give it to them, show it to them,” Quincey said. “When there’s so much uncertainty if those guys are going to be there next year, it would be nice for guys to get extensions. But that’s their policy, and that’s what they do. Confidence, it comes and goes, and when it goes, it’s pretty tough to get it back.”
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Lightning center Vinny Lecavalier could be out for 3 weeks after an MRI revealed a fractured bone in a his right hand.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Sean Couturier is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: The Kings are bringing up Slava Voynov after trading Jack Johnson.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Scouting the Maple Leafs – Sharks game: 2 Winnipeg, Avalanche, Oilers, Blackhawks, Canucks, Penguins, Blues, Rangers, Coyotes, Lightning, Senators and Bruins.
Kings Dustin Brown may be available now … Oilers make last push to re-sign Hemsky … Goalies Leafs may look at … Wings looking at F’s
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Kings forward Dustin Brown may now be available, which puts more heat on the Blue Jackets to make a decision on Nash. The Rangers, Maple Leafs, and Flyers are just a few teams that would be interested. Jim Matheson via twitter: If Brown is available, Matheson thinks Eastern Conference teams will be all over him even with the 2 remaining years. The Bruins and Capitals could be interested. Tim Panaccio via twitter: A source said that the Flyers can’t get serious on Brown because of salary cap issues. Andy Strickland via twitter: “In a salary cap world where every GM wants value for the $ why would LA trade Dustin Brown? Has maybe the best contract in the NHL.”
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Teams are circling with interest in Ales Hemsky, but don’t rule out the Oilers making one last push to re-sign him. 2 years and $10 million ($5 million per season) might keep him there. Bob McKenzie via twitter: Postgame buzz last night had GM Steve Tambellini in the dressing room to meet with Hemsky.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Initial plan is to play Jeff Carter on right winger with Mike Richards.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Leafs GM Brian Burke confirmed on the radio that he’ll check out the goalie market to see what’s there. It was discussed for the first time on Wednesday. Goalie possibilities are: Evgeni Nabokov, Josh Harding, Anders Lindback, Curtis Sanford, J.S, Giguere, Antero Niittymaki, Scott Clemmensen and Ben Bishop.
- Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Goalies that Burke will look into are, Evgeni Nabokov, Nikolai Khabibulin, Josh Harding, Anders Lindback and JS Giguere.
- Curtis Zupke via twitter: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on other possible trades: ”Right now I got absolutely nothing.”
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: The Kings could use Jarrett Stoll as an asset now. He’s been misused all season.
- Bob Duff via twitter: 2 forwards that Duff is hearing most often linked to Red Wings are Mikael Samuelsson of the Panthers and Travis Moen of the Canadiens.
- Toronto Sun: (from their NHL trade rumors ‘slideshow’) Players listed: Ales Hemsky, Zach Parise , Teemu Selanne, Shane Doan, Ryan Suter, Ryan Miller, Ryan Malone, Rick Nash, Ray Whitney, Paul Gaustad, P.A. Parenteau, Mikhail Grabovski, Mike Knuble, Michal Rozsival, Luke Schenn, Kyle Wellwood, Jonathan Bernier, Jason Blake, Dustin Penner, Dennis Wideman, David Jones, Brian Rolston, Brad Boyes, Andrei Kostitsyn, Alex Semin.
Friedman talks Kings and Jackets … Pens could face cap crunch next year … Coyotes can make move .. Canadiens notes … McKenzie trade talk video
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Kings defenseman Slava Voynov’s solid play in 33 games may have led to Jack Johnson’s name in trade rumors. Jonathan Bernier and one of the 2 defenseman could land them a scorer like Jeff Carter. If they were split up, they may be able to get 2 scorers. Friedman doesn’t think the Blue Jackets will trade Rick Nash at the deadline unless the deal is incredible. Friedman notes there are some teams that aren’t big fans of Nash.
- Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: The Penguins have $59.59 million committed to 11 forwards, 6 defenseman and 1 goalie. It could become a problems as some small market owners want to lower the salary cap ceiling to the $60-$62 million range. Pierre LeBrun noted a temporary cap of $68-$69 million will be in place during the summer. Paul Martin is one player the Penguins might have to move at some point to reduce their payroll. He has a cap hit of $5 million through 2014-15.
- Helene Elliott of the LA Times: Coyotes GM Don Maloney has the budget room to make a trade or 2. “Any of the big names and sexier deals won’t include the Coyotes but there a couple of players we think we can fit in that would make us a little stronger,” he said. 3 groups remain interested in buying the Coyotes.
- Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail: The Canadiens are 6 points out in the East, and are limbo between being buyers or sellers. UFAs that could be moved are Chris Campoli, Andrei Kostitsyn, Travis Moen and Mathieu Darche. Defenseman Andrei Markov will travel with the team on their 3 game road trip, who is at least a couple weeks away from returning.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets blueprint going forward will be “Fast and competitive.” Heading into the this season, the Blue Jackets thought they had enough skill to skate 3 scoring lines.
- Bob McKenzie on the NHL Network talking trades
Sunday morning rumors and notes involving deadline buyers and sellers, Maple Leafs, Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Flyers, Kings, Blackhawks and Oilers
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:
“The prices, in some cases, are embarrassing,” said a league executive. “They’re going to get more realistic closer to the deadline, but right now teams are asking for too much for their players.”
Garrioch lists the Sellers and who is available: Carolina – Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek. Columbus – Jeff Carter, Antoine Vermette, Derick Brassard, Rick Nash and Steve Mason. NY Islanders – Mark Eaton, Steve Staios, Milan Jurcina, P.A. Parenteau. Tampa Bay – Ryan Malone. Edmonton – Ales Hemsky, Nikolai Khabibulin and Theo Peckham. Montreal – Travis Moen, Andrei Kostitsyn and Mathieu Darche.
The Buyers and who they like: San Jose – Rick Nash, Teemu Selanne and Ales Hemsky. Boston – Teemu Selanne, Ales Hemsky and Mike Knuble. Los Angeles – Rick Nash, Teemu Selanne and Ales Hemsky. Chicago – Nikolai Khabibulin, Bryan Allen and Derek Roy. Washington – Ales Hemsky and Antoine Vermette. Nashville – Ales Hemsky and Jarret Stoll.
Top 10 players to watch: 1. Rick Nash 2. Teemu Selanne 3. Jeff Carter 4. Ales Hemsky 5. Ryan Malone 6. Jarrett Stoll 7. Jaroslav Specek 8. Derek Roy 9. Antoine Vermette 10. Nikolai Khabibulin.
Keep an eye on: Mike Knuble, Bobby Ryan, Josh Harding, Jonathan Bernier, and Ryan Miller.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: If the NHL is helping out the Devils financially, “it is shortsighted for the league to withhold approval of deals that presumably would strengthen these wards of the state.” If they are able to trade for Marek Zidlicky, “it would be penny-wise but pound-foolish for the league to prevent it.”
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: The Leafs could look for a #1 goalie in the summer.
- Spector’s Hockey via twitter: Hockey Central suggested that the Blackhawks and Sharks might have interest in Oilers Nikolai Khabibulin.
- Dustin Leed via twitter: Scouting the Flyers – Penguins game: 2 Blue Jackets (GM Scott Howson and senior advisor Craig Patrick were on the list to attend), 2 Blackhawks, Kings, Predators, Canadiens, Avalanche, Flames, Panthers and Blues. Randy Miller via twitter: Miller notes that 2 Blue Jackets executives have been at a Flyers 3 times this week. He thinks talks must be serious.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Scouting the Blue Jackets – Blackhawks game: Blues, Hurricanes, Senators, Washington, Red Wings, Rangers, Stars, Flyers and Canadiens.
- Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove notes by Spector’s Hockey (video not posted): Eric Francis said that some NHL GMs doubt Nash will get traded at the deadline. The Blue Jackets are looking for an impact player, 2 top prospects and a 1st round pick. Elliotte Friedman noted that the Blue Jackets are trying to push Nash on the Flyers, and that they’d prefer to move Jeff Carter to the Kings. Francis said that Patrick Kane is happy in Chicago and they are happy with him. Friedman suggested that the Blackhawks could face some questions if they have a short playoff run. Francis said the Flames haven’t had contract talks with Olli Jokinen, but he’s not going anywhere. Sam Gagner also isn’t going anywhere.
Afternoon rumors involving: Blue Jackets, Jets, Sabres, Canadiens, Bruins, Flyers, Rangers, Kings, Avalanche, Islanders, Crosby, Hunter and starting goalies
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets don’t expect to make any trades this weekend, but one phone call could change that.
- Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said yesterday there’s no doubt he’s a buyer. “I’m always going to be trying to acquire assets. I’m always looking to make our team better for the future.” “It’s not just other teams asking about (our young players),” he said. “There are a lot of things that are talked about.” Cheveldayoff said there hasn’t been any contract extension talk with any of their pending UFAs: Jim Slater, Tanner Glass, Kyle Wellwood, Tim Stapleton, Johnny Oduya, Randy Jones, Mark Flood and Chris Mason.
- Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Burnside thinks it’s time for the Sabres to start making some deals. The Canadiens should find a taker for Hal Gill and perhaps Andrei Kostitsyn. Travis Moen and Chris Campoli could also be moved. The Bruins and Rangers will both be looking to add some depth along the blueline. A source said the Flyers could also be looking at adding another Dman. Hurricanes Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek will be UFAs. Luke Schenn could be had if it helps the Leafs land a top 6 forward. The Kings Jack Johnson could be in play, but they’d need to get a top forward back
- Adrian Deter of the Denver Post: Dater thinks the Avalanche will move a defenseman, with Shane O’Brien making sense. Dater also thinks teams will be interested Ryan Wilson, Ryan O’Byrne and Kyle Quincey.
- David Hutchinson of the Star Ledger: The Devils are looking for a veteran defenseman. Marek Zidlicky is one possibility, and he’s already waived his no trade clause for them.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: The Islanders are looking for a top 4 defenseman.
- Pens Inside Scoop via twitter: Penguins Sidney Crosby skated with teammates today because of ice time availability. No change in his status.
- Joe Haggerty via twitter: Bruins forward Rich Peverley is out 4 to 6 weeks with a grade 3 MCL sprain in his right knee.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Kings have put Trent Hunter on waivers.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Jonas Hiller will start in net for the Ducks tonight against Martin Brodeur and the Devils.
- Harvey Fialkov via twitter: Tomas Vokoun will start for the Capitals against Jose Theodore and the Panthers.
- Marc Antoine Godin via twitter: Carey Price will start in net for the Canadiens against the Sabres.