Updates on Rick Nash, Cory Schneider and Lubomir Visnovsky.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Allen Panzeri reports the Senators aren’t on Rick Nash’s list of preferred trade destinations, but that could change as the Senators appear to be the only serious bidders. The San Jose Sharks are believed to have dropped out of the bidding, while the NY Rangers turn their focus toward New Jersey Devils pending UFA Zach Parise.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blue Jackets apparently intend to be patience, believing Nash’s trade value will improve once the big name free agent forwards are off the market. Time will tell if the gamble is worth it.

Could an offer sheet for Schneider force Canucks to trade Luongo?

TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox suggests the Maple Leafs should pitch an expensive, multi-year offer sheet to Vancouver Canucks RFA Cory Schneider, for while it won’t get them Schneider (the Canucks will match), it could force them into trading Roberto Luongo.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Leafs GM Brian Burke’s distaste for offer sheets, this scenario isn’t expected to occur.

NEWSDAY’S Arthur Staple reported the following on Twitter earlier today regarding Islanders newly-acquired defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky: “Just got off the phone w/ #Isles D Lubomir Visnovsky. Ready to come to camp and play. “This is my first choice, to play for the Islanders.” Apparently, the Slovakian report appeared before the trade, and was asked if he would join the KHL or play for a Slovakian team if there were a lockout. Staple also reported Visnovsky knows he’s got a year left on his NHL contract and would only play in Europe next season if there’s a lockout.

SPECTOR’ S NOTE: So relax, Islanders fans, Visnovsky is joining your team next season.