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NEW YORK POST: The Devils may be operating under a “secret payroll limit”, to quiet concerns they’re operating under an unfair competitive advantage because of the financial assistance they’re currently receiving from the league. It’s also rumored the Devils might have interest in reacquiring Johnny Oduya if the Winnipeg Jets fall out of playoff contention by the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Regardless of any “secret payroll limit” (sounds like “double secret probation“), the Devils are reportedly on the verge of acquiring defenseman Marek Zidlicky from the Minnesota Wild.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Examines the possibility the Rangers acquiring a notable scoring star like Rick Nash could have an adverse effect upon their successful team chemistry this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Rangers can add scoring depth without giving up too much in return (which isn’t likely to happen), the best move might be no move at all. As the old saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes winger Tuomo Ruutu is sidelined for up to three weeks with an upper body injury. GM Jim Rutherford claims it won’t have any impact upon his contract negotiations with Ruutu.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It could, however, effectively take him off the trade market.
ESPN.COM: Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli would like to make a trade but is leery of upsetting team chemistry.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Chiarelli did make a few notable moves around this time last season which bolstered his team’s chances of winning the Stanley Cup, but last fall he also resisted the temptation to shake things up when they got off to a horrible start in October. Ultimately, Chiarelli’s decisions will depend on how his club is performing, the status of Nathan Horton’s recovery from concussion, and what’s available on the open market. And no, they won’t be landing Rick Nash from Columbus.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Pending UFA center Kyle Brodziak is trying not to be distracted by his contract talks with the Minnesota Wild, but doesn’t like the uncertainty over his future.
TORONTO SUN: Joe Colborne doesn’t want to be Maple Leafs trade bait.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Leafs hope to land a first line scorer, Colborne could be part of the return.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman, a free agent this summer, claims he’s not letting trade rumors affect his performance.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s what they all say, but you know it has to be at the back of his mind.
TAMPA TRIBUNE’s Erik Erlendsson reports via Twitter the Tampa Bay Lightning won’t find goaltending and blueline help to get them into the playoffs this season. He claims they will be sellers at the deadline and will look to address those needs in the off-season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg for the link.