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OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports sources say “at least four teams” - the Rangers, Sharks, Bruins and Red Wings - have expressed interest in Oilers winger Ryan Smyth…”Confirm or deny”: the Blue Jackets may be ready to deal captain Rick Nash. The Rangers and Kings are interested, but Nash’s $7.8 million per season contract to 2018 could mean he gets moved in the off-season, not the trade deadline. Their first priority is to move Jeff Carter. The Maple Leafs are interested…The Wild would like to add a top end defenseman, and could move either Niklas Backstrom or Josh Harding to make it happen, though they might have to wait until the off-season…The Canucks would like to add toughness for the playoffs…Islanders GM Garth Snow is fielding calls for Evgeni Nabokov, P.A Parenteau and Frans Nielsen. The Isles have held contract talks with Parenteau and Nielsen, and could keep the former and shop the latter…The Avs could move T.J. Galiardi…The Red Wings would like to add depth at forward and sources say GM Ken Holland has held talks with the Oilers over Ales Hemsky…Several teams, including the Sharks, Bruins, Rangers and Red Wings, could have interest in Anaheim Ducks winger Teemu Selanne if he agrees to be dealt…”The talk is the Leafs are willing to offer up either C Joe Colborne or C Nazem Kadri to the Hurricanes for C Tuomu Ruutu.” The Sharks are also believed to have interest in Ruutu.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seems the same four teams have interest in Smyth and Selanne. It’s up to them if they want to be traded…Confirm or deny the Blue Jackets could shop Rick Nash? I’ll take “deny” for $1000.00, Alex…Seems to me the Wild’s real need is for more scoring forwards, not defensemen…Snow is believed considering the retention of Nabokov for the rest of the season. Don’t be surprised if the Isles re-sign both Parenteau and Nielsen. They’ve done well in recent years retaining key players…Holland is also believed to have concerns over Hemsky’s injury history and declining production…If the Leafs are to move one of those young centers, I believe it should be Kadri, not Colborne. Leafs fans could forgive moving the former, not the latter, for what could be a “playoff rental” in Ruutu.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont reports the Bruins still have vacancies to fill, specifically those left by Mark Recchi (retired), Michael Ryder and Tomas Kaberle (free agency). He suggested as possible targets Phoenix’s Ray Whitney, Columbus’ Vinny Prospal, Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu, Buffalo’s Drew Stafford, Montreal’s Hal Gill, Carolina’s Jaroslav Spacek, Islanders Steve Staios or Milan Jurcina…He speculates possible power forward targets for the Maple Leafs could be Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan or Corey Perry…Dupont doesn’t buy the theory the Sabres might move Ryan Miller at the trade deadline…Some club might make a pitch for disappointing LA Kings winger Dustin Penner…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes won’t move Whitney if they’re still in the playoff chase…The Ducks aren’t moving Ryan or Perry, especially the latter…I concur about Miller, I also don’t believe they’ll shop him…If a team does make a pitch for Penner, it’ll be considerably less than what the Kings gave up to land him.
TSN: Darren Dreger recently suggested the trade status of Oilers center Sam Gagner remains uncertain but the club is still expected to move Ales Hemsky…The LA Kings are seeking a top-six forward and have interest in Hemsky, as well as Maple Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin and Clarke MacArthur, though no deal appears imminent with the Leafs…Dreger noted rumors linking the Calgary Flames with Jeff Carter, but Keith Jones suggested Buffalo’s Derek Roy might be a better fit…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gagner’s not going anywhere…Leafs fans probably wouldn’t be sad to see Kulemin or MacArthur moved, but I don’t think either guy would suitably address the Kings needs…I agree with Jones that Roy might be a better fit for the Flames, at least from a contract standpoint. The Flames already have a lot of money tied up in a handful of players.
CBC.CA: Eric Francis suggested the Edmonton Oilers might be willing to move Sam Gagner if they could get a top-four defenseman in return, but the problem is there aren’t many teams willing to give up that return for Gagner, despite his recent offensive heroics. Glenn Healy meanwhile dismissed the idea the Oilers would move Gagner, and feels there’s no room for Ales Hemsky…Francis also noted Carter’s agent said his client no longer has a “no-trade” clause, as it didn’t follow Carter to Columbus. Healy suggested Carter’s salary is as good as a “no-trade” contract, while Elliotte Friedman suggested Carter’s poor attitude could also affect his trade value…Healy believes if Ryan Suter wants to stay with the Predators, he’ll have to trust management. He also believes it could cost the Maple Leafs $5 million per season to re-sign Mikhail Grabovski…The Hurricanes could consider re-signing Tuomo Ruutu if they don’t find a suitable trade offer.