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.

4 Responses to RUMOURS DU JOUR – By Bruce Garrioch ,Ottawa Sun

  1. palindrom says:

    Kaberle to toronto ?

    How much would you give to get him?

  2. TheLeafNation91 says:

    That ship has sailed. I would not take him for a seventh rounder…Were deep in the D department and his contract is not good.

    But I wonder if Chiarelli is still interested Bruins? lol

  3. wayne2 says:

    As a sens fan I would be happy to see Vermette back with the team.He as great speed and skills,responsable defensevily and wins faceoffs.He is still young and would fit perfectly with the youth movement/rebuilding process as a young veteran.

  4. zeddyp101 says:

    As much as I like him as a player….he just seemed to never get over the hump in Ottawa…allways had the potential to be a number 2 C….but just kept taking 2 steps forward and 1 step back… I'd rather have Brassard if I had to choose…tho I wouldnt be upset if we got Vermette back at the right price.

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