Are the Blue Jackets shopping Rick Nash, possibly to Boston for Tuukka Rask? Has Jeff Carter demanded a trade? Are the Hurricanes poised to make either a trade or coaching change? Read on for the latest.

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson denied team captain Rick Nash is being shopped, saying not once had he brought up Nash’s name. Teams may have inquired about Nash but Howson has quickly closed those inquiries down. Nash also isn’t seeking a trade and remains determined to help the club. James Murphy meanwhile laughed off a rumor which had Nash coming to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Tuukka Rask.

Does Carter want out of Columbus?

RDS.CA: Renaud Lavoie spoke to Jeff Carter’s agent, who said his client has not requested a trade, contrary to rumors.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So that we’re clear, Nash isn’t being shopped, nor has he or Carter demanded to be dealt. That won’t quiet the rumormongers, but officially, the word is neither wants out or are available.

TSN.CA: Darren Dreger reports this coming weekend could determine the fate of Carolina Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice. Sources say GM Jim Rutherford is trying to move a defenseman for a scoring forward, and it is believed he could move either Tomas Kaberle or Bryan Allen for an offensive boost up front.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander reports Rutherford said yesterday no major changes were planned for his team, for now.”There’s not anyone out there right now who’s available,” he said. “There might be some who become available. We’ll see what we can do.”  Luke Decock meanwhile also reported Rutherford is believed showcasing Kaberle for a trade and Allen might also be on the block, but Decock doubted a trade will improve the culture in the Hurricanes dressing room.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If there’s nothing available on the trade market to help the Hurricanes, then the only option is to fire the coach. Sad, but true. I daresay we’ll see Maurice fired before a trade is made, but we’ll see what this weekend brings.