NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up the latest NHL news and links from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs. So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts!
- New York Rangers not interested in trading Rick Nash – After the New York Rangers bough out Brad Richards, there were rumors that they would look to dump more salary by moving Rick Nash and his $7.8 million cap hit for the 2014-15 season. Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports that Nash is not interested in waving his no movement clause (in effect through the 2014-15 season) and the Rangers do not intend to trade him at this time. [FanSided]
- Mart Brodeur’s agent says deal could wait until midseason – Martin Brodeur currently remains unsigned and his agent now says a deal may not be coming soon. The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning kicked the tires on Brodeur, but decided to go in a different direction for their respective backup positions. Brodeur brings with him a wealth of playoff and Stanley Cup experience, so it is still possible a contending team picks him up as a backup. [FanSided]
- Will this be Marian Hossa‘s last season? – Marian Hossa is nearly half way through the 12 year contract he signed with the Chicago Blackhawks back in 2009, but there is already some speculation that this could be his last season with Chicago. After the Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews extensions, the Blackhawks have a bit of a salary cap problem and will need to move some salary for next offseason. With Hossa still putting up points (despite being an injury risk) his trade value will likely not get much higher. If the Blackhawks are going to move Marian Hossa, next offseason would be the time do so. [Blackhawk Up]
- Blues Jaden Schwartz trades jersey number in tribute to sister – St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz has decided to turn in his number 9 jersey for 17, a tribute to his sister Mandi, who passed away after a battle with cancer. Mandi Schwartz wore number 17 for three seasons with Yale and was named ECAC Hockey All-Academic in all tree. The number change was made possible by the departure of Vladamir Sobotka to the KHL. [FanSided]