CBC’s Elliot Friedman had a lot to say about possible trades. He had an interesting idea about Filip Kuba of the Florida Panthers being a good fit for the New York Rangers. The only problem with that is the 4 million dollars that the Rangers would have to pay Kuba next season. He also said that the Carolina Hurricanes are planning on re-signing Alexander Semin.
According to Friedman the Buffalo Sabres aren’t going to make a lot of moves at the deadline. Sabres GM Darcy Regier thinks through all his moves thoroughly, so he will probably only make one big move that will have a significant return. He most likely will not move all of Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek, and Jason Pominville.
Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff may be looking to aquire according to Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun:
“I’d love to be able to acquire something that could inspire some more scoring for us,” Cheveldayoff said. “Our left side with Ladd and Kane has played well. Wheeler on the right side has played well. And the guys that have been auditioning up and down the lineup on the right side, you’ve seen some good things and you’ve seen some times where you wish you had more.”
The New York Islanders are talking contracts according to Arthur Staple of Newsday. They began preliminary talks with Mark Streit last month and are said to be beginning talks with Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov shortly. Nabokov has no plans to retire and is willing to listen to offers from the Islanders:
“I’m enjoying it, I want to continue to play,” the 37-year-old goaltender said. “And I feel the same as last year — I like the guys here, I like the direction of the team. When the time will come, we will definitely talk [about next season].”
There are also indications that the Islanders are looking to extend Brad Boyes as well.
According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray has taken their top prospects off the table:
“I’m certainly not going to give up a top young player at this point, but if there’s an ability to acquire someone who can help us as we go forward, absolutely.”
With Milan Michalek likely headed toward surgery the Senators will have to make a move, unfortunately there are more buyers than sellers right now and they may have to give up a to prospect to stay competitive.
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