RUMOURS DU JOUR
The Jackets are trying to make changes, but GM Scott Howson hasn’t been able to find a trade partner. His refusal to fire coach Scott Arniel is curious, but a couple of more losses and Howson might not have a choice. The Jackets are fielding calls for D Kris Russell and C Derick Brassard … Tampa GM Steve Yzerman isn’t ready to push the panic button, but he does have concerns about the play of veteran G Dwayne Roloson. The Lightning could look to bolster its netminding before the trade deadline.
Tampa tried to acquire G Jonathan Bernier at the draft in June and there is talk the Kings may move him at some point … Calgary GM Jay Feaster has been working the phones hard with no success. The issue: He’s offering players who are of little interest, including LW Niklas Hagman, RW David Moss and C Matt Stajan. LW Rene Bourque is the most attractive player Feaster has, but even he’s got a lot of cash left on his deal. “The Flames have to accept it’s time for them to rebuild,” said an NHL executive … The Kings are looking to move LW Dustin Penner. Acquired from the Oilers at last year’s trade deadline, he is in the final year of a contract that pays him $4.25 million. He might attract some interest when more time ticks off his contract.