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ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman denied forward Martin St. Louis could be traded. “He is not going anywhere”, claimed Yzerman. LeBrun also reported pending UFAs Ryane Clowe or Michal Handzus could be next to be moved by San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson, who traded Douglas Murray to Pittsburgh earlier in the week….Nashville Predators GM David Poile is “day-to-day” over his plans for the upcoming trade deadline. The Predators need scoring, and they’ve been linked to Dallas Stars center Derek Roy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I never believed St. Louis was available in the first place. He’s invaluable to the Lightning’s offensive attack, and he doesn’t strike me as the type to bail on a struggling club…I doubt there’s much interest in Handzus, who is coming to the end of his NHL career. If he is moved, the Sharks won’t get much in return…If the Predators remain close to playoff contention, I expect Poile will make a move to bolster their chances. He won’t sell the farm, of course, but he has depth in defense and prospects he could shop for a scorer.
TSN.CA: LeBrun cited an NHL executive who believes the Flames will move Jay Bouwmeester, but “they want a lot for him”…Andy Strickland of True Hockey reported Ryan Miller submitted a list to management of eight clubs he won’t accept being dealt to.
BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports the Sabres will be sellers at the deadline, most likely peddling pending UFAs Robyn Regehr and Jordan Leopold. Jason Pominville could also submit a list of teams he won’t accept being dealt to, but claims management hasn’t asked him for it.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word out of the Buffalo media yet regarding Miller’s list. Hopefully there will be more information later today or tomorrow.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens reports the Anaheim Ducks “are clearly a buyer and not a seller”. He noted the Ducks have gotten by so far without a permanent second line center. He cites Washington’s Mike Ribeiro, Dallas’ Derek Roy and Columbus’ Derick Brassard as those who could fit that role.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks have over $14 million in cap space for this season, so they’ve got plenty of room if they wish to shop for depth at center. It would have to be a short-term pick-up, however, as they’ll have only $10.8 million to sign 7 players next season. And no, they won’t trade Bobby Ryan for Sean Couturier or Brayden Schenn. At least, not this season…;)
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan examines the pros and cons of adding Jay Bouwmeester to the Detroit Red Wings lineup.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A number of NHL teams have interest in Bouwmeester, but most aren’t keen to take on his $6.68 million salary for next season with the salary cap dropping to $64.3 million.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports contract talks between the NY Islanders and Mark Streit have been progressing well, plus the clubs has open preliminary contract talks with Evgeni Nabokov and Brad Boyes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, Streit, Nabokov and Boyes won’t be shopped at the trade deadline. And no, Lubomir Visnovsky wasn’t a “sign-and-trade”. The Islanders want to keep him.