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ESPN.COM: Craig Custance reports Washington Capitals GM George McPhee refuses to respond to rumors suggesting his club should pursue Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. Custance believes the Capitals have bigger needs to address, such as the need for a top-four defenseman. He suggests if the Capitals wish to make a bold move they should pursue NY Rangers’ blueliner Dan Girardi.
WASHINGTON POST: Katie Carrera report Martin Erat still wants the Capitals to trade him. GM George McPhee said if Erat still wants to be dealt he’ll try to accommodate him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trying to acquire Girardi would certainly be a bold move, but I don’t think the Capitals can land him. As for Erat, I don’t think there’s a market for him.
BOSTON HERALD: Stephen Harris reports Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was on hand watching his Bruins lose to the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 last night. Harris speculates he may have been scouting Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty reports the Bruins are interested in NY Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald but won’t part with a first round pick to get him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tallinder would be a more affordable option than MacDonald.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: James Mirtle lists Dave Bolland, James Reimer, Nikolai Kulemin, Mason Raymond, Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri as six Maple Leafs to keep an eye on as the trade deadline nears. Of these, Mirtle suggests Kulemin is the Leaf most likely to be available by the trade deadline. He doesn’t expect Reimer to be dealt until the off-season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Concur with Mirtle’s assessments of these players. If the Leafs make a move at the deadline, Kulemin is the likely Leaf to move.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland would like to acquire a defenseman at the trade deadline but won’t overpay for a rental player. The Wings had interest in Vancouver’s Alexander Edler at last year’s draft before his “no-trade” clause kicks in. A source says they have interest in the Islanders’ Andrew MacDonald.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Elder might be willing to waive his no-trade clause to join the Red Wings but I doubt that’s the kind of move which could happen at the trade deadline. I don’t expect Holland will give up a first round pick for MacDonald.
MIAMI HERALD: George Richards reports Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon insists he won’t engage in a fire sale at the trade deadline