RUMOURS DU JOUR – By Bruce Garrioch ,Ottawa Sun
While the Jackets aren’t firing anyone, they are busy working the phones: The club picked up C Mark Letestu from Pittsburgh last week, but it doesn’t intend to stop there. Teams have shown interest in C Antoine Vermette and C Derick Brassard, but both have long-term deals that pay them in excess of $3 million a season. The Senators would be interested in bringing back Vermette, but would find it tough to absorb his $3.75-million cap hit through 2014-15. The Jackets could trade RW Rick Nash and his $7.8-million cap hit, but it would be tough to make that deal mid-season and sources say they haven’t shopped him around … Sabres owner Terry Pegula was aggressive on the free-agent market last summer by signing C Ville Leino and D Christian Ehrhoff, but he didn’t stop there.
Sources say the Sabres tried to acquire C Patrick Kane, a Buffalo native, from the Blackhawks before the NHL draft in June. A cornerstone of the Chicago franchise, Kane, 22, who has a $6.3-million cap hit, wasn’t going anywhere. You can’t fault the Sabres for asking … The Isles are going to move a goalie and it won’t be Rick DiPietro. Many believe Evgeni Nabokov will be the odd man out when GM Garth Snow makes a decision. Sources say Nabokov, who is in the final year of his contract, could land in Phoenix. Have a nice Sunday. http://www.ottawasun.com/2011/11/12/garrioch-rink-wrap-nhl-rumours