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COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline reports Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is still trying to trade Rick Nash but things have been quiet in recent days. Howson has, however, reportedly contacted the LA Kings regarding their backup goalie Jonathan Bernier, who has requested a trade.

TSN.CA: Howson told TSN’s Gino Reda he’s seeking a couple of NHL-ready forwards in return for Nash, and denied speculation he’d contacted the Kings regarding Bernier, pointing out he recently acquired Sergei Bobrovsky from the Flyers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So for about a day, it appeared there was a bit of trade rumor excitement regarding the Jackets and Bernier. It’s apparent, however,  Howson will go with Bobrovsky and Steve Mason as his tandem next season. As for Nash, there’s no rush for Howson to move him, nor any pressure on the interested teams to meet Howson’s asking price. This could drag on into September.

Big money offer for Doan from Eastern team?

CBSSPORTS: Brian Stubits cited a report claiming Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan has received a four-year, $30 million offer from an Eastern Conference team.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Chris Kuc reports Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman confirmed he’d inquired about Doan. Bowman also declined to comment on speculation he had interest in Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, as he cannot comment on players under contract with other teams lest he violate the league’s anti-tampering rules.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if there’s anything to that reported offer for Doan, but it certainly stirred up reaction on the Twittersphere. Sure, it’s too much money for a 35-year-old player on the downside of his career, but honestly, it wouldn’t shock me if that offer was legit. Never underestimate the ability of an NHL GM to overpay for free agents, especially in a thin market like this summer’s.

NATIONAL POST: Michael Traikos on the bad reputation which dogs former Capitals winger Alexander Semin and its impact upon his free agent value.

EXAMINER.COM: Jim Diamond suggests the NHL’s opening proposal in CBA negotiations with the NHLPA can’t be good news for Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber, for their implementation would seriously affect his next contract.

CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty believes there’s plenty of reasons why a David Krejci and a first round pick for Bobby Ryan trade (as suggested by another reporter) would make sense for the Boston Bruins and Anaheim Ducks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Ducks are shopping Ryan, they could get better offers from other clubs. I think this deal would favor the Bruins.  Things have been quiet of late on the Ryan trade rumor front, though that doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t any trade discussions going on. The perception now is teams are waiting to see what happens with Shane Doan before proceeding, but of course, we heard the same thing about how the Zach Parise and Ryan Suter signings would open up the trade market.