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It doesn’t appear that the Ducks are going to finish anywhere near the playoffs in yet another “final” season for Teemu Selanne. (Remember, he was thinking about retiring after the Cup season of ’07). Selanne doesn’t want to go anywhere at the trade deadline and the Ducks won’t trade him without his permission. But as we get closer to Feb. 27, what if Selanne gets Stanley fever? Here are some feasible alternatives.
Could Maple Leafs defenceman Luke Schenn soon be joining his little brother Brayden in the black and orange of the Philadelphia Flyers? Trade speculation will tell you that it is a possibility.
But Schenn, whose name has come up in trade rumours in the past, shrugged off the idea on Thursday.
“I’m happy being here in Toronto,” Schenn said. “They’re just rumours and it doesn’t really mean much to me.”
Trade rumblings: Habs move Cammalleri; B’s, Devils, Wild have tough decisions
The NHL trade deadline got an early jump Thursday night with the Montreal Canadiens shipping outspoken winger Mike Cammalleri to the Calgary Flames.
Just a day after spouting off about his frustrations with the way the team was playing, Cammalleri was gone.
Brian Burke says he’d be willing to start the playoffs with the Maple Leafs’ roster as currently constituted, but intends to make a trade in the coming weeks to try and extend any post-season run.
Speaking on The Fan 590 radio Wednesday night, with his team in its best position to challenge for a berth since he arrived, the general manager said just qualifying for the first time in six years was not good enough.
“I’m not interested in getting our asses kicked in the first round,” he said. “I’m not paid just to get in the playoffs. We could have got in last year if we’d traded our kids for a couple of 30-year-olds.
Sean Avery will remain a member of the AHL Whale for the time being despite the fact the Rangers have been asked by a NHL club to place the exiled winger on re-entry waivers, The Post has learned.
Sources have told The Post general manager Glen Sather rejected that request, instead offering to trade Avery in a minor-league deal under which the Rangers would take back additional dollars but the responsibility for placing Avery on re-entry would then pass to the acquiring club that would then bear the burden of carrying dead salary-cap space upon a claim.
LA PRESSE: Francois Gagnon reported Mike Cammalleri’s “read between the lines” comments in a recent interview suggests the unhappy Canadiens winger might welcome a trade. Gagnon acknowledged Cammalleri’s poor play this season and expensive contract could make him hard to move, he doesn’t consider it impossible, suggesting a team seeking scoring punch, like the San Jose Sharks, might be interested.
That’s about as close to a Gordie Howe hat trick as Nikolai Kulemin is going to come.
The Maple Leafs forward, eager to leave a dismal first half of the regular season in the dust, had his best performance of 2011-12 in a 2-0 Leafs win against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
As Jonas Gustavsson made 32 saves for his second shutout in three games, Kulemin scored his fifth goal, set up linemate and buddy Mikhail Grabovski for another and destroyed Sabres pest Patrick Kaleta with an open-ice hit in the third period.
BAINES: To what extent does Bryan Murray go to get to the playoffs and perhaps ensure a bit of a run? Does he trade away significant young assets to acquire impact players? Or does he deal mid-round draft picks for role players.
GARRIOCH: They need to get one more forward. Just think they need a little more scoring depth. I’m not sure I’d trade a first-rounder to do that, but they do have three picks from the first round last year. Maybe one of those guys could be used (Not Zibanejad, of course)
Derek Roy has enough issues. The Buffalo Sabres’ center has a balky shoulder that will likely keep him out of the lineup tonight in Toronto for the second straight game, he’s on pace for his worst offensive season in six years and he’s getting plenty of blame from fans for the team’s continued struggles.
Now there’s this: Roy is the hottest name in the rumor mill if the Sabres make a trade.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have fired head coach Scott Arniel. The move comes a day after the Blue Jackets were defeated 7-4 by the Anaheim Ducks.
Assistant Todd Richards will take over on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.
The Blue Jackets are 11-25-5 this season, which has them last in the Western Conference with a league-low 27 points.
Alain Vigneault and Mike Gillis were hotter than a Florida thermometer on Sunday.
However, even the considerable venom they spewed won’t result in Brad Marchand being suspended for more than five games for his low-bridge hit that concussed Sami Salo and resulted in a clipping major and game misconduct on Saturday.
The Boston Bruins winger will have a telephone hearing Monday with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, which means the supplemental penalty can’t be more than a five-game suspension. An in-house hearing would have meant a stiffer sentence. Regardless, the suggestion by Bruins coach Claude Julien that Marchand was trying to protect himself from being hit in the corner boards by Salo late in the second period of a 4-3 Canucks triumph set Vigneault off.
And you can bet Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke will be sniffing around, trying to buy some prime real estate … maybe C Ryan Getzlaf or W Bobby Ryan.
Burke and the Ducks’ GM Bob Murray are old trading partners. And Burke will be hoping that continues before next month’s trade deadline.
Murray sent a wakeup call last week and indicated everybody is available except for W Teemu Selanne and C Saku Koivu.
The Florida Panthers can expect some support from Montreal tonight.
As it stands, the Canadiens trail New Jersey by seven points for the eighth and final playoff spot in the east. That can all change tonight as the Devils and Panthers square off in New Jersey.
The Canadiens can’t afford to just sit back and wait for other teams to help them out, however. They have to go out and take care of their own business, much like they did in their 7-3 drubbing of Winnipeg on Wednesday.