Find out what moves weren’t made yesterday by the Blue Jackets, Rangers, Red Wings, Flyers, Capitals and Panthers.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Shawn Mitchell reports Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson revealed Rick Nash requested a trade back in January. Aaron Portzline reports the NY Rangers made a late pitch, ” adding prospect J.T. Miller to an offer that already included NHL center Brandon Dubinsky, prospects Tim Erixon and Christian Thomas and a first-round draft pick.”
NEW YORK POST:Larry Brooks reports Rangers GM Glen Sather “stuck to his guns in resisting Columbus’ demands that the package in return would have to include either Ryan McDonagh or Michael Del Zotto plus either Derek Stepan or Carl Hagelin, plus Boston College winger Chris Kreider and Brandon Dubinsky”
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Arthur Gross commended the Rangers GM for not mortgaging his club’s future for Nash.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Depending on the Rangers performance in this year’s playoffs, Sather could revisit his interest in Nash by the entry draft. Remains to be seen how much he’d be willing to part with then.
PHILLY.COM/CSNPHILLY.COM: Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk is relieved he wasn’t moved on deadline day. It’s believed the San Jose Sharks made a pitch for him (rumored to have offered up goalie Antti Niemi), but the offer was declined. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren claimed he never had any interest in moving van Riemsdyk There was also interest in Flyers defenseman Matt Carle leading up to the deadline, but the Flyers didn’t get any inquiries about him on deadline day.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Now maybe “JVR” can relax, without being bombarded by questions about his future, and focus on playing hockey for the rest of the season…until the June entry draft weekend, when the questions over his future are bound to come up again.
DETROIT NEWS/DETROIT FREE PRESS.: Red Wings GM Ken Holland was shopping for a big, physical forward yesterday, but wasn’t willing to move any of his current roster players or part with prized prospects to do so. Holland also lacked a first round pick, which put him out of the running for Paul Gaustad, who went to Nashville.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: McPhee’s critics weren’t pleased over this, urging him to move players like Alexander Semin, Mike Knuble and/or Roman Hamrlik for a player who could help turn the Capitals season around. Problem is, that mythical creature does not exist, and certainly not with any of those players in the offer, so the Capitals GM was wise to stand pat, especially with the lack of quality available in this year’s trade market.
MIAMI HERALD/SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon denied rumors he tried to move defenseman Jay Garrison because contract talks had soured. Tallon admitted Mikael Samuelsson’s former teams (Vancouver and Detroit) had interest in the veteran forward but the Panthers weren’t willing to move him.