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Could the Islanders use Mikhail Grabovski as trade bait for a top-4 defenseman?

Could the Islanders use Mikhail Grabovski as trade bait for a top-4 defenseman?

ESPN.COM: Katie Strang, in a live chat with her readers, expressed surprise Martin Brodeur hasn’t been signed yet but believes it makes sense for him to wait for the right fit…She expects the Blackhawks could move either Johnny Oduya or Niklas Hjalmarsson to become salary-cap compliant. Oduya’s modified no-trade clause could complicate things, making Nick Leddy a possible trade candidate…She suggests recently-added Islanders Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin (who lack no-trade clauses) could be used as assets by GM Garth Snow to add a top-four defenseman…Marc-Andre Fleury’s performance this season could determine his future with the Penguins…There might be some interest from the Rangers in Ryan Malone but he hasn’t received a training-camp invite from them.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe the reason Brodeur hasn’t been signed is there’s currently no interest in him…Hjalmarsson also has a modified no-trade clause. Leddy could be a more likely candidate…I don’t see the Islanders moving Grabovski or Kulemin. Maybe as the season progresses they might consider it to address the need for a top-four defenseman, but there’s other younger assets they could move…Fleury’s got something to prove this season, and as it’s a contract year I’m expecting a strong performance from him…Malone could receive an invitation to a training camp but it remains to be seen if it’ll be with the Rangers. 

NBC SPORTS: Mike Halford cites the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporting there’s currently nothing new regarding contract talks between the Blues and RFA forward Jaden Schwartz. Halford notes Blues management has a history of playing hardball with their restricted free agents. GM Doug Armstrong hopes to have Schwartz under contract before training camp.

THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper reports not to expect the Nashville Predators to bring back winger Jordin Tootoo.

COURIER-POST: Dave Isaac reports the Philadelphia Flyers aren’t expected to make training camp invitations to Dustin Penner and Ryan Malone. GM Ron Hextall, when asked specifically about the Penner rumor, said he hadn’t heard that.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hate to say I told you so….

DETROIT FREE PRESS: George Sipple reports Red Wings GM Ken Holland said he hasn’t spoken with Daniel Alfredsson in about a month but claims the veteran winger is training hard. Holland said Alfredsson wants to return to the Wings but only if he can contribute.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for that rumor of the Wings and Alfredsson being close in talks on a new contract.