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RUMOURS DU JOUR

Isles GM Garth Snow has been busy working the phones. Sources say he’s trying to move LW Blake Comeau, who was pointless in eight games going into Saturday. He’s making $2.5 million this season and is a looming RFA in July. Not sure if Comeau is in the doghouse of coach Jack Capuano, but nobody should be happy with Comeau’s start coming off 46 points last season. The Isles may also be shopping for a second-line centre.

Fernando Pisani to Europe?

Unsigned Fernando Pisani, who has been skating with the likewise unemployed Jason Strudwick, has some interest in Europe but nothing from any NHL teams. He’s only 34, too young to retire. But, maybe it’ll come to that.

Would he go into the construction business like his dad?

“I’m no good with tools,” he said, with a laugh.

BLUES RELIEVE PAYNE AS HEAD COACH, HIRE HITCH*****

The St. Louis Blues have relieved head coach Davis Payne of his duties and named Ken Hitch***** new head coach. Hitch***** signed a contract through the 2012-13 season, making him the 24th head coach in Blues’ franchise history.

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Flames' woes have 'vultures' circling

GM ready to deal if struggles continue

In other words, expect a move or two sooner rather than later – unless the Flames somehow turn it around in an awful hurry.