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CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley reports Capitals Mike Knuble and Roman Hamrlik are expected to be healthy scratches again tonight, when the Capitals face the Toronto Maple Leafs. Both have previously voiced displeasure over coach Dale Hunter scratching them from the lineup, and Gormley wonders if both could be moved by the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: GM George McPhee has previously said Knuble wouldn’t be moved. Hamrlik, however, could be a different story.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Bryan Murray intends to watch how his club performs without sidelined goalie Craig Anderson before making any decisions about seeking a short-term replacement. Anderson is sidelined after cutting a tendon in one of the fingers on his right hand, but could be back as early as next week. Garrioch claims sources said the San Jose Sharks contacted the Senators and Maple Leafs to see if they might have interest in Antero Niittymaki. One trade option could be Tampa Bay’s Dwayne Roloson, who’s played better of late.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Roloson hasn’t played that much better of late. I doubt Murray will make a panic move for a goalie, especially if Anderson could return within a week or two.
TBO.COM: Erik Erlendsson reports Lightning GM Steve Yzerman might not be done dealing. One intriguing possibility could be Antti Miettinen, who was claimed off waivers from the Lightning by the Winnipeg Jets earlier this season, but has been placed on waivers by the Jets.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford reports a concussion injury to Kris Russell could force Blues management to consider adding a defenseman at the trade deadline, though they have suggested they could be quiet due to budget constraints.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the Rangers could put Sean Avery on re-entry waivers by noon ET today to see if a rival club might be willing to claim him.