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CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman reports there’s some disappointment Columbus’ Marian Gaborik (broken collarbone) won’t return before the Olympics. Some teams were hoping to see him play as he could be a more affordable option than Buffalo’s Matt Moulson or the Islanders’ Thomas Vanek…It sounds like the Canucks won’t waste its future on playoff rentals…One reason the Kings have interest in Edmonton’s Sam Gagner is their woeful power play. Gagner’s contract ($4.8 million annual cap hit) is a tight fit for the cap-strapped Kings and Friedman doesn’t know if the Oilers would absorb part of it…Panthers GM Dale Tallon isn’t in any hurry to move pending UFAs Brad Boyes, Tom Gilbert and Marcel Goc…Friedman has twice asked Devils GM Lou Lamoriello if he’ll trade Martin Brodeur and was told he wouldn’t do it…The Devils lack of a first round pick this year could hurt their chances to land Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri…Wild GM Chuck Fletcher isn’t keen on moving his young talent…
NHL LIVE (VIA KUKLA’S KORNER): TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray says he’s open for business and there isn’t a player on his roster he wouldn’t consider trading. Given the soft goalie market McKenzie doubts Ryan Miller gets moved before Friday’s Olympic roster freeze at 3 pm ET. He also doubts the Blues and Wild (rumored to be interested in Miller) are willing to pay the big asking price for him…He also says Islanders’ Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald are in play, and doubts the Isles can move Vanek before Friday…Rangers and Ryan Callahan’s agent don’t appear any closer toward a new contract. Rangers would like to resolve his contract situation before Friday. There appears to be a little more movement on Dan Girardi’s contract talks.
NEW YORK POST: Brett Cyrgalis reports Islanders winger Thomas Vanek is determined to go to free agency this summer, which almost assuredly means he’ll be moved by the March 5 trade deadline. There’s a small but legitimate chance Vanek could return with the Islanders this summer as a free agent.
BUFFALO NEWS: Mike Harrington reports Sabres GM Tim Murray is willing to listen to offers for anyone on his roster, admitting he’s had calls about Ryan Miller, Matt Moulson, Steve Ott and Henrik Tallinder.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeff Gordon reports the recent struggles of Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak could resurrect the “Ryan Miller to the Blues” rumors. Gordon noted GM Doug Armstrong has remained supportive of his current goalies but has made bold moves when needed in the past.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater, responding to reader e-mail, would love to see the Colorado Avalanche acquire NY Rangers winger Ryan Callahan but doubts the Avs could get him by offering up P.A. Parenteau. His sources say the Avs haven’t contacted the Rangers about Callahan.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kevin Baxter reports Kings GM Dean Lombardi has spoken to the Edmonton Oilers about center Sam Gagner but his $4.8 million per season salary is a sticking point.
EDMONTON SUN: Derek Van Diest reports Gagner is ignoring the trade rumors, having heard them all before.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whole lotta chatter in the media rumor mill regarding the usual suspects but from what I can there’s little to indicate any of them will be on the move before tomorrow’s 3 pm ET Olympic roster freeze. Of course anything can happen between now and then but it appears many general manager would prefer to wait until after the Olympics. That’s probably a good idea regarding some of these players (Callahan, Vanek, Miller) who are headed to the Olympics, as GMs could be leery of acquiring those players only to see them get sidelined by a serious injury during Olympic play.
As for Gagner, unless the Oilers are willing to pick up a big chunk of his salary I don’t think he’s a fit for the Kings right now. Regarding Murray’s comments about willing to listen to offers for everyone on his roster, that doesn’t mean he’ll move guys like Tyler Myers or Cody Hodgson. Sure, he could, but that doesn’t mean he will. His UFAs (Miller, Moulson, Ott, Tallinder) remain his prime trade candidates.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports Stars forwards Erik Cole and Shawn Horcoff are caught in a grey area of either being traded by the March deadline or being retained for their experience.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Their futures could depend upon where the Stars are in the standings by March 5.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Bruce McCurdy considers checking line center Boyd Gordon a valuable trade chip for the Oilers but believes they would be better off retaining him.
CSNNE.COM; Joe Haggerty reports Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli doesn’t expect to make any deals before the Olympics break. The Bruins are believed in the market for a defenseman with a left-handed shot on an expiring contract.