The latest on Rick Nash, Patrick Kane, Jack Johnson, Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Khabibulin, plus updates on the Flyers, Bruins and more.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger, responding to readers e-mails, reports Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has never been mentioned as a trade option, except by what he charitably called “the odd creative blog, tweet or online chat”…He doesn’t believe the Columbus Blue Jackets are 100 percent locked on getting a goalie as part of the return for Rick Nash…If the St. Louis Blues decide to move a goalie by the deadline, it’ll be minor league Ben Bishop…It’s hard to imagine the Toronto Maple Leafs trading Mikhail Grabovski unless he’s part of a bigger deal…Dreger “tweeted” yesterday the Maple Leafs had an offer for Grabovski of a second round pick and a prospect, but the Maple Leafs could get more, plus they’re still hoping to re-sign him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dreger’s right about no player really being an untouchable, but the rumor of Kane being shipped to Buffalo for Ryan Miller originated from Fantasy Island…The Blue Jackets will ultimately move Nash for the best they can get, with or without a goalie. It would be preferable if they could get a promising young starting goalie, but it probably won’t be a deal breaker if they can’t…Elliott and Halak are the Blues tandem for the rest of this season…The only way I think it makes sense to move Grabovski is if you’re getting a center of equal or potentially greater value in return. That lowball offer for Grabovski could be coming from a playoff contender which isn’t concerned about his contract status. I can’t see a non-playoff club like Columbus making that pitch with Grabovski not under contract.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi doesn’t expect the Flyers to make a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Mike Halford reported ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun claimed some league executives informed him LA Kings defenseman Jack Johnson was ” in play but only for the type of deal that hands the Kings the top-line forward they’ve been craving.” Johnson lacks a no-trade clause in his contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Little wonder the Kings are being linked to Rick Nash in the rumor mill. Still, if the deal were that simple, surely it would’ve been done by now. Stay tuned…
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis makes the case for the Oilers to shop goalie Nikolai Khabibulin if there’s reasonable interest in him.
CSNNE.COM: The Boston Bruins have extended contract offers to pending UFA center Chris Kelly, right-winger Shawn Thornton, center Gregory Campbell, and left-winger Daniel Paille.