Paul Stastny patiently answered the same types of questions he has been hearing for days as the Wednesday 1 p.m. trading deadline approaches.
First, Stastny — whose $33 million, five-year contract is up after this season — emphasized he hadn’t spoken with his agent, Matt Keator, in the previous 24 hours and didn’t know anything new about where negotiations stood with the Avalanche.
“I prefer to play and I prefer to play and stay here,” Meszaros said. “[Wednesday] is the trade deadline and I’m not looking for anything. I want to be here right now, do my job and play. What will happen, will happen. Everybody wants to play all the time. It was tough this year for me, I know that. I still like it here. I really enjoy being here with the guys. It’s going to be interesting [Wednesday].”
Meszaros said he’s not worried about what might happen. He doesn’t think about it.
“I don’t think we’re doing anything up front or in goal,” Holland said. “You’re always trying to do something on the back end. Not sure if we will or not.”
Vancouver, which pulled off the biggest deal on Tuesday by shipping goaltender Roberto Luongo back to Florida for goalie Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias, is looking to move defenseman Alexander Edler, who is at or near the top of the Red Wings’ wish list.
Ryan Miller and Steve Ott are already gone and the Buffalo Sabres’ fire sale concludes today when the NHL trade deadline hits at 3 p.m.
The Sabres took Tuesday off and will practice today in the Tampa Bay Times Forum in preparation for Thursday night’s game against the Lightning. After practice, several players will be nervously awaiting their fate.
Sources tell The Dispatch, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is trying to trade Gaborik by today’s 3 p.m. deadline for defensive help after two key injuries.
Gaborik has a limited no-trade clause, but he recently provided the Blue Jackets a list of teams to which he would approve a trade. A source said one of those teams is the Los Angeles Kings, who are in the market for a high-end forward and have had talks with the Blue Jackets regarding Gaborik.