The latest rumors involving Rangers and Carolina:According to spectors hockey said that NEW YORK TIMES: Jason Diamos reports NY Rangers GM Glen Sather may be looking to swing a deal with one of his 29 counterparts in Florida for the All-Star weekend in hopes of saving his club’s season. The Carolina Hurricanes are believed shopping wingers Sami Kapanen and Jan Hlavac. Sather might consider re-acquiring Hlavac and reuniting the “Czech Line”. The ‘Canes might be interested in forwards Mikael Samuelsson and Jamie Lundmark, although Diamos believes Sather isn’t willing to part with the latter for either player, preferring instead to move him for “a proven star”. Pittsburgh’s Alexei Kovalev, San Jose’s Owen Nolan and LA’s Ziggy Palffy are all thought to be on the block, but they’re right wingers, of which the Rangers have plenty. Instead, Sather might be interested in defenceman Alexei Zhitnik or Miro Satan from Buffalo, or wingers Khristian Huselius and Niklas Hagman from Florida.
According to spectors hockey said that Luke Decock reports Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford is heading to the All-Star weekend looking to make a deal to shake up his slumping club. Goaltender Arturs Irbe is available to the highest bidder, and Decock claims the Philadelphia Flyers may be interested in winger Sami Kapanen and could offer up prospect winger Pavel Brendl and draft picks in return. Rutherford might also shop defenceman Aaron Ward. Rutherford is believed interested in Colorado Avalanche defenceman Martin Skoula and winger Alex Tanguay.Spector’s Note: Clarke’s recent comments about players like Kapanen (see below) makes his rumoured interest unlikely, but he is growing disenchanted with Brendl. Moving Irbe could be tough, as the market on goalies is almost non-existent in the wake of the Boston Bruins acquisition of Jeff Hackett. Tanguay and Skoula have been rumoured to be on the block for months, but they’re still in Denver. Mind you, if Avs GM Pierre Lacroix does decide to move players before the deadline, I doubt Skoula gets dealt, given the loss of Derek Morris to an eye injury.