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None more so in the Stars’ dressing room than Steve Ott and Mike Ribeiro, both of whom have heard their names in the rumor mill. And indeed, sources confirmed to ESPN.com that the Stars have gotten calls on both and would consider moving them for the right deal.
“It obviously makes you a little nervous,” Ott told ESPN.com after the morning skate. “I’ve been with the Stars since I was drafted. When your name gets mentioned in the rumors, it gets to you a little and you think about it. But truthfully, I do take it as a huge compliment. Obviously if there’s playoff contending teams that think I’m a puzzle piece, I take that as a compliment. But I want to stay here. I want to be part of the solution. But I can only control what I can control.”
Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson continues to talk and listen. With the NHL trade deadline looming next Monday, Howson hasn’t heard what he wants to hear.
“We’re waiting for the right deals,” Howson said. “We’re getting closer. But we’re not there yet.”
The Blue Jackets have two of the higher-profile forwards on the market. They’re listening to offers for captain Rick Nash and openly shopping Jeff Carter.
Stephen Weiss isn’t the type to bang his fist on the table and demand action.
The longest-serving – suffering? – Panther is way too polite for that.Especially when it comes to offering unsolicited advice to his bosses.
However, the Panthers’ top-line center and alternate captain doesn’t shy away when talk turns to the Feb. 27 NHL trade deadline.
Derek Roy stood before his stall in the Sabres’ dressing room long after the game ended Sunday afternoon and talked about better days earlier in his career. He could go back to the earliest days of his career and find coaches who pointed toward him as a common denominator for success.
“I was a go-to guy in Kitchener when we won the Memorial Cup my last year,” Roy said. “I played in the world juniors. It was a great year. I played in Rochester and was the go-to guy right away. It was fun. … When we lost Danny [Briere] and [Chris] Drury, I had a good season. I just tried getting better and better.”
SUNRISE, Fla. – To sell or not to sell? That is the question for the Ducks.
A setback to New Jersey in a shootout Friday night left them in 13th place in the Western Conference with five teams still to climb past in their longshot pursuit of a playoff berth with just 24 games to go.
But these Ducks have the postseason in their sights as a 14-2-4 run has gotten them to seven points back of eighth place after being 20 points when this all started Jan. 6 against the New York Islanders.
Luke Schenn admits he didn’t see it coming.
“I was pretty surprised,” the young defenceman admitted when asked on Friday for his reaction at being made a healthy scratch in the Maple Leafs 4-3 overtime victory over the Edmonton Oilers earlier this week. “I had friends there. I had family there.”
Judging by the look on Schenn’s face as he was explaining his feelings to reporters on Friday, there were some other words that come to mind. Gutted. Frustrated. Confused.
The agent for Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina said his client as soon as Saturday could provide a list of teams to which he would accept a trade. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman requested the list from Kubina on Thursday. Kubina, who has a limited no-trade clause, has seven days to comply or Tampa Bay can trade him anywhere.
If there’s interest in Nikolai Khabibulin, there is absolutely no reason not to move him. No reason at all.
For starters, Khabibulin’s value in the grand rebuilding scheme is all but nonexistent. He’s 39 years old. He is not the answer long-term. Even if he weren’t old, he’s been either hurt or lousy for his entire Oilers’ tenure, outside of nine games. The injuries, mixed with stretches of incompetence, have been a big factor in the Oilers’ finish the last few seasons.
For those unable to see Insider Trading. Offer for Grabovski is for a 2nd rnd pick and prospect. Could get more. Still hope to re-sign him.
If I had to wager, I’d say the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings are the most likely new homes for Rick Nash if there’s a pre-deadline deal.
But there’s certainly an Original Six team that would like Nash’s services if this were June and not February — the Detroit Red Wings.
With Ryan Smyth off the trade table, Detroit and Nashville can’t be happy.
They were both hot to trot for Smyth, especially the Predators who are dying for a top six forward, especially one with net presence. Nashville likes Ales Hemsky, too, but liked Smyth more, in large part because coach Barry Trotz has a history with the Edmonton Oilers’ winger from the world championship when he was a coach for Canada. The Red Wings have Tomas Holmstrom, a similar type, antagonistic player around the crease, but Homer, who just got honoured for playing 1000 NHL games, is on his last legs and is basically a fourth-line, PP guy now.
A year ago, Joe Colborne was the prospect involved in a trade by the Maple Leafs, coming to Toronto in a deal that sent defenceman Tomas Kaberle to the Boston Bruins.
For Colborne, a 6-foot-5, 213-pound centre with the Toronto Marlies, once was fine, thanks.
If Leafs general manager Brian Burke makes a swap before the deadline, and many across the National Hockey League think he will, there’s an excellent chance he will have to part with a talented young player.
Time for Tim Connolly to start doing something.
Don’t get us wrong — the 30-year-old veteran has played a significant role in turning the Maple Leafs’ penalty killing around. Among Toronto forwards, only David Steckel has averaged more ice time a game when the Leafs are shorthanded.
But Connolly draws a salary of $5.5-million US this season, the second-highest paid Leafs forward after Phil Kessel, and costs the Leafs $4.75 million against the salary cap.