Trade Rumors

The Post recently reported that the uncertainty over which players may be cut to get the Devils under the salary cap is becoming a distraction. The club must free up around $4 million in salary once forward Patrik Elias is ready to return to the lineup, but the paper suggests he may not be ready to do so until December.

In addition to Kozlov, forwards Alexander Mogilny, Sergei Brylin and Jamie Langenbrunner have also been suggested as trade possibilities. The Post suggested defenseman Vladimir Malakhov’s poor play and salary might also make him a prime trade candidate.

There’s been speculation the Ottawa Senators may be interested in Carolina Hurricanes forward Erik Cole. The Ottawa Sun recently reported the Senators did inquire as to Cole’s availability during the off-season, but there’s been no further talk between the two clubs since then.

The paper also dismissed rumors of a Cole-for-Martin Havlat swap, or any move of Havlat for that matter, but yet rumors continue to persist of the Senators moving him.

One rumor had Havlat going to the New York Rangers for a package consisting of forwards Martin Rucinsky and Dominic Moore and defenseman Tom Poti, but this move makes little sense for both teams.

Another making the rounds has a swap of Havlat for Marian Gaborik in the works, but that seems highly unlikely, particularly with Gaborik re-injuring his groin this past weekend.

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