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One of the names that has been in the air vis-a-vis the trade deadline for literally weeks is that of Edmonton Oilers winger Ales Hemsky. The Oilers have been out of the playoff race for a long time and, with a stable of young forwards trying to learn on the job in Edmonton, it has seemed clear for some time that Hemsky doesn’t fit into the team’s long-term plans there. At age 28, Hemsky will become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He is blessed with jaw-dropping talent and is one of the very few players on the market who is both a straight rental and could, in theory, pay immediate dividends on a team’s power play or playing with other skilled players.
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.