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ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports the New York Islanders are now shopping Dan Boyle’s rights after failing to sign him. The Isles recently acquired his rights from the San Jose Sharks. The Islanders are also parting ways with backup Evgeni Nabokov after failing to agree to a new contract…The LA Kings have reached out to Marian Gaborik’s agent to keep the pending UFA in the fold…Andrei Markov’s agent said there’s nothing regarding contract talks with the Montreal Canadiens…Contract talks continue between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ryan Callahan’s agent.
SPORTSNET.CA: Mike Johnston cited a report claiming the St. Louis Blues are Jason Spezza’s preferred destination.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Where Spezza goes depends on the best deal the Senators can get for him. Still, it’s interesting to note that he has a preference, which could tilt trade talks squarely in favor of the Blues.
SPORTSNET.CA: Calgary Flames president Brian Burke diffused recently speculation his club might try to acquire Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This one started up because of Burke’s former ties with the Leafs and his role in bringing Phaneuf to Toronto. Plenty of overactive imaginations among the “Trade Phaneuf” camp. Good thing there isn’t an NHL franchise in Atlantic Canada or there would be lots of speculation about how he wants to be close to his offseason home on Prince Edward Island.
CBS SPORTS: Brian Stubits noted a recent rumor claiming Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell wants out of Florida, which was subsequently denied by Panthers GM Dale Tallon.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Rory Boylen lists seven NHL centers (Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton, Ryan Kesler, Paul Stastny, Sam Gagner, Mike Richards and Brad Richards) who could be on the move this summer.