Hockey Trade Rumors – Feb 21, 2011 – More Rumors

Pretty much anybody on the Panthers roster is available

Are the Rangers looking at McCabe?

Sharks looking to deal

Avalanche looking to deal Heduk?

It’s hard to believe anybody would claim Souray

Is Gaborik Available?

Pretty much anybody on the Panthers roster is available

Florida GM Dale Tallon is trying to unload before the deadline. Pretty much anybody on the Panthers roster is available — including C Stephen Weiss, if somebody will give up a first-round pick. The list I’ve been given of available players in Florida: LW Cory Stillman, C Steve Reinprecht, D Bryan McCabe, RW Steve Bernier, D Dennis Wideman, RW Radek Dvorak, C Shawn Matthias and Vokoun. OK, that pretty much covers the team. The Penguins could acquire Stillman, while McCabe and Wideman are good possibilities to get moved … Why did the Blues send D Erik Johnson, F Jay McClement and a first-round pick to Colorado for D Kevin Shattenkirk, F Chris Stewart and a second-rounder in the blockbuster early Saturday? The organization wasn’t pleased with the way Johnson was developing and the deal was the right fit … The next player leaving Denver: D John-Michael Liles. The Habs, Sharks and Canucks have interest. Avs veteran RW Milan Hejduk and D Adam Foote are also available.

Are the Rangers looking at McCabe?

Rangers had one last roundtable on Souray, and decided to pass. Their new focus? Bryan McCabe in Florida.

Sharks circling

If Sharks’ top-four defenceman Marc-Eduoard Vlasic’s upper body injury is serious, look for general manager Doug Wilson to be looking for more than just Ian White for his power play.

Vlasic isn’t the player people thought he’d be a couple of years ago, but he eats up minutes.

The Sharks may need backup goalie for Antti Niemi, too, if Antero Niittymaki’s injury keeps him out for any length of time.

San Jose is staying mum on Niittymaki. He hasn’t been on the ice in 10 days and they lost Alex Stalock, their best AHL prospect, when somebody stepped on his leg, which resulted in surgery.

This and that

Now that Colorado is in heavy wheel-and-deal mode, would they move winger Milan Hejduk? Teams would be lining up for the 35-year-old Czech, but Hejduk has a no-trade clause in his contract, and his family loves life in Denver, so he might balk at a deal anyway.

Wayne Gretzky’s son, Trevor, could get picked in the top three rounds of the Major League Baseball draft. He’s a catcher/first baseman at a high school in California. He has a scholarship to San Diego State, but if he goes that high in the draft, he might forego college.

Of the Stars’ top-six forwards, James Neal is the most vulnerable to get dealt for an offensive defenceman. But as long as Jamie Benn (shoulder injury) remains out of action, that’s like taking away from Peter to pay Paul.

Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu may have a broken finger after stopping a shot on Friday, which could kill their playoff hopes.

NHL teams are all into father-son trips and Dean Miller has had a great season. First he went to Florida with his son, Ryan, the Buffalo Sabres goalie. Then he was back in the sun with Drew Miller, Detroit’s fourth-liner.

It’s hard to believe anybody would claim Souray

A league executive on the flurry of deals before the deadline: “A lot of GMs don’t like the pressure of the final hour.” … The Rangers are taking a serious look at Ottawa D Filip Kuba. He played for coach John Tortorella in Tampa in 2005-06 and did a solid job. New York doesn’t have any veteran blueliners and has been trying to move D Matt Gilroy all season. Kuba would have to waive his no-movement clause and does have $3.7 million left on his contract next season … The Oilers placed veteran D Sheldon Souray on re-entry waivers Saturday and teams have until noon Monday to make a claim. The Rangers will look at Souray because he’s available for half his $4.5-million contract. But scouts who have seen him with Hershey of the AHL this season describe his play as brutal. Habs GM Pierre Gauthier should look because Souray thrived in Montreal. In the end, it’s hard to believe anybody would claim Souray.

Is Gaborik Available?

The concussion that forced Marian Gaborik out of yesterday’s 4-2 Garden defeat to the Flyers after the first period clouds a number of issues for the Rangers, who are staggering and close to being out on their feet after their eighth loss (2-7-1) in the last 10 games.

There’s of course the issue of Gaborik’s health. According to coach John Tortorella, the winger had complained intermittently for about a week about not quite feeling well “off the ice,” but did not miss a practice or a shift until he remained in the locker room after taking six turns for 4:39 in the first period.

There’s the issue of whether this injury will have an impact on interest in Gaborik leading up to next Monday’s trade deadline.

Though previous reports of the Kings’ interest in No. 10 have been fictitious, The Post has learned that Kings general manager Dean Lombardi recently has canvassed his friends among league executives for their opinions on the sniper, who is suffering through the worst season of his career and is available for the right price.

And there’s the issue of what the Blueshirts will do to try to replace Gaborik if the winger, who has recorded 17 goals in 47 games but has scored in just 10 matches, is sidelined for a lengthy period