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LeBrun: A Flyers source suggested Thursday night that if they can add another defenseman, they would. But no team needs a blueliner more than the Blackhawks, and it hasn’t been from a lack of trying on the part of GM Stan Bowman. He’s been working the phones for a few months but has yet to find the fit. A source told me that the Hawks had inquired about Grossman, but I’m not sure how serious they were about him.
As I said earlier, Gill will help a team this spring. His Cup-winning experience and penalty-killing a*****en make him a terrific pickup, in my mind. Hurricanes defensemen Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek are both slated to be UFAs on July 1, and Carolina will likely move both players. Toronto would move Luke Schenn only in the right deal, one that gets them the top-six forward they’ve been looking for.
And of course the biggest name of all, when it comes to defensemen on the trade market, is Los Angeles’ Jack Johnson. A few team executives told me this week he’s in play, but only for the type of deal that hands the Kings the top-line forward they’ve been craving. The Phoenix Coyotes shut out the Kings 1-0 at home Thursday night, and I have to imagine Kings GM Dean Lombardi will be even more determined in his efforts to land Rick Nash. Jeff Carter and Ales Hemsky are other possibilities. The Kings struggle to score and must make the playoffs. Lots of pressure there.