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ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports contract talks apparently aren’t going well between the NY Rangers and team captain Ryan Callahan, sparking rumors the club could shop him if he’s not re-signed by the trade deadline…Contract talks continue between the Sharks and defenseman Dan Boyle but they’re not close to a deal. The Sharks could seek a one-year deal (based on Boyle’s over-35 status) while the blueliner could seek a two-year deal… Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri is ignoring the trade rumors swirling around him…LeBrun wouldn’t be surprised if the Penguins move a young defenseman to land a short-term replacement for injured winger Pascal Dupuis. He also wonders if a few teams might contact the Pens about Kris Letang, whose eight-year, $58 million contract kicks in next season. He says he has no evidence the Penguins are shopping Letang…He believes Ray Whitney might welcome a trade at the deadline if the Stars are out of playoff contention by then.
Craig Custance reports Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon has no intention of trading goalie Tim Thomas by the trade deadline, though he said if Thomas requested a trade he’d honor that request…During a recent live chat, Custance believes the Kings could have interest in NY Islanders winger Thomas Vanek but won’t overpay for a rental player…He considers the Senators to be buyers… The Hurricanes would like to get a player (preferably a defenseman) who could help them immediately for one of their goalies. They’ll probably instead have to accept draft picks or prospects…If the Penguins trade defenseman Simon Despres it’ll be for help at forward…He likes the Wild as a destination for Sabres goalie Ryan Miller…He thinks the Ducks might have interest in David Legwand but won’t move a prospect like Emerson Etem for a playoff rental…
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger claims the Rangers are gauging Ryan Callahan’s value in the trade market. There’s lots of interest in Dan Girardi but the Rangers feel more confident about re-signing him. Bob McKenzie reports Callahan seeks a seven-year, $6 million per season deal while Girardi seeks a seven-year deal comparable to the Blues’ Jay Bouwmeester ($5.4 million per season)…McKenzie believes the trade market for Buffalo’s Ryan Miller as lukewarm. The Wild haven’t made an offer as they’re awaiting what happens with Josh Harding’s health situation, while the Blues have lukewarm interest.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman also touched on Dan Boyle’s contract status, believing the Sharks could offer a one-year deal with bonuses which, for a player of Boyle’s age, can carry over to next season…While the Islanders’ Thomas Vanek and Buffalo’s Matt Moulson haven’t rule out re-signing with their respective clubs, a lot of teams are interested in Moulson, and Friedman believes the Blues could be in on Vanek, having interest in him back in October…Friedman’s heard from a couple of sources Erik Cole wants out of Dallas but his agent denies it…He also touched on the possibility of Stars forward Ray Whitney moving at the trade deadline…Coyotes pending UFA defenseman Derek Morris has popped up in the rumor mill, but moving him leaves a banged-up Zbynek Michalek as their only right-handed shot on the blueline…The Canadiens and Penguins are seeking size…Friedman wonders if the Oilers moving Sam Gagner to wing during a recent game against the Penguins was to showcase him at that position…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lots to discuss today, rumor fans. Regarding the Callahan & Girardi rumors, remember back in the fall when Henrik Lundqvist’s contract talks were reportedly going nowhere, only to see him re-signed? Bear that in mind regarding the Callahan and Girardi rumors. Sure, one of them could be moved at the deadline, but I don’t think it’s a certainty…I expect the Sharks will get something done with Boyle, probably a two-year deal…I don’t believe the Penguins have any interest in moving Letang. If they did, the best time would be this summer, when teams with more cap space are more willing to make big moves…Legwand could be trade bait but the Predators will seek a decent return, preferably a young forward…If Miller gets traded it’ll be at the trade deadline. As for the Wild, if Darcy Kuemper keeps playing well in Josh Harding’s absence they’ll have little reason to part with quality assets for a rental player like Miller…If the Blues would have trouble taking on Miller’s salary, why would they want Vanek’s?…Unless the Coyotes fall completely out of the playoff picture I don’t think they’ll trade Morris… Same goes for the Stars and Whitney…Gagner’s name has fallen off the rumor charts of late. Probably because the Oilers’ asking price is too high.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Pat Leonard also reports on Ryan Callahan’s contract talks, claiming his agent remains optimistic a deal can be done. Leonard believes if Callahan isn’t re-signed by the trade deadline Callahan could put talks on hold and test free agency rather than allow negotiations to be a distraction while he focuses on the Rangers’ playoff race. The Rangers have also opened preliminary contract talks with Mats Zuccarello.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports of no progress between the Rangers and Callahan and Girardi, with wide gulfs existing between the club and the two players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I still have doubts the Rangers trade either player while in the thick of the playoff chase.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports long-time Devils goalie Martin Brodeur wouldn’t be shocked if the team wanted to trade him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt very much that happens. They’ll want to keep Brodeur in case Cory Schneider gets injured or struggles down the stretch.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika lists Ray Whitney and Vernon Fiddler as the most likely trade candidates if the Stars fall out of playoff contention by the trade deadline. Others could include Erik Cole, Sergei Gonchar, Stephane Robidas and perhaps Ryan Garbutt.
RDS.CA: Luc Gelinas claims the reason a proposed deal which would’ve shipped Rene Bourque to Colorado for P.A. Parenteau fell through because the Avalanche wanted prospect Sven Andrighetto.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan claims everyone expects Eric Gryba is the Senators’ most-likely trade candidate.