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OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Canucks want to acquire a third-line center but GM Mike Gillis is holding off to see if his club can get back on track in the playoff race…There’s a belief the Wild and Capitals are interested in Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. Garrioch claims before new Sabres GM Tim Murray was hired the club asked the Ducks for John Gibson and their first round pick. Garrioch believes the Kings and Canucks should investigate the Sabres’ asking price…Expect the Oilers to move Ryan Jones, Nick Schultz, Corey Potter and Ales Hemsky by the trade deadline…A buyout of Brad Richards by the Rangers this summer seems likely to free up cap space to re-sign their key free agents…Ryan Callahan is believes seeking a seven-year deal worth $6.85 million per season (similar to Boston’s Patrice Bergeron). Garrioch suggests the Blues, Wings and Kings need help up front…The Islanders must find a taker for Thomas Vanek and hopes to get a first round pick in return. They’re also shopping defenseman Andrew MacDonald…Garrioch claims the Canadiens made three offers to the Avalanche for P.A. Parenteau which were rejected…Contract talks continues between the Sharks and Dan Boyle. They won’t move him at the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think the Canucks will try to shake things up in the off-season by attempting to move one or two core players, probably defensemen. It won’t happen until the off-season when teams have more cap space and willingness to spend… The Ducks have no need for Ryan Miller. Neither do the Kings and Canucks, who need scoring, not goaltending…The Oilers are likely to be busy near the trade deadline…It’s expected Vanek and MacDonald could be on the move by the trade deadline…If the Habs are interested in Parenteau they might have to wait until the off-season. And no, they won’t trade P.K. Subban for him…Boyle will finish the season with the Sharks and if he wants to stay beyond that he’ll have to accept a one- or two-year deal.
BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa believes it’s not wise for the Rangers to invest big dollars in a long-term deal for Ryan Callahan, a player whose body is breaking down…He wonders if the Oilers have interested in Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn, who’s struggling in Philadelphia…Panthers GM Dale Tallon’s priority is finding assets for impending UFAs like Brad Boyes and Tom Gilbert.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Schenn might benefit from a change of scenery but I’m not sure the Oilers (given their ongoing defensive struggles) are the right destination…Boyes and Gilbert could fetch decent returns for the Panthers by the trade deadline.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl lists the forwards, defensemen and goalies who could be shopped by the trade deadline. He lists New Jersey’s Jaromir Jagr among the forwards and Florida’s Tom Gilbert among the blueliners.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jagr has said he’d prefer to finish the season with the Devils. As he’s their best scoring forward I doubt they’ll move him as long as they remain in the playoff chase.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks wonders if the Rangers might trade Ryan Callahan to the Columbus Blue Jackets if they could get Cam Atkinson in return. He also believes Thomas Vanek will hit this summer’s free agent market…Brett Cyrgalis reports contract talks between the Rangers and Callahan have reached a temporary halt. GM Glen Sather has apparently allowed the Callahan camp to speak with other teams as a way to try and convince Callahan to reduce his asking price. Term, not dollars, is the sticking point as Callahan seeks a seven-year deal while the Rangers would prefer five years.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Pat Leonard reports Callahan’s agent remains optimistic of getting a deal done with the Rangers, and doesn’t have a hard deadline for the Rangers to re-sign or move his client. Only one of the teams the Rangers gave permission to speak with the Callahan camp regarding a contract extension has done so. Leonard claims it was not the Columbus Blue Jackets, who reportedly had interest in Callahan.
CBC.CA: The hotstove panel of Elliotte Friedman, Glenn Healy and guest Nick Kypreos touched on the Ryan Callahan rumors. Kypreos reports a Western Conference team held a short conversation with Callahan’s agent Steve Bartlett who told Bartlettt he’s asking for too much in dollars and terms. He also believes this is Rangers GM Glen Sather’s way of trying to show Callahan his asking price is too high right now. Healy was dismissive of this.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sather is trying to convince Callahan that his asking price is not only too high for the Rangers but also for other clubs if he should try to test the free agent market this summer. While it’s up to Sather to decide if he’ll trade his captain before the March trade deadline (if not sooner), it’s ultimately up to Callahan to decide if he wants to accept a shorter term for $6 million per season to remain in New York or take his chances this summer and hope to land what he wants in free agency.
NJ.COM: Randy Miller reports on the possibility of the Devils moving Martin Brodeur.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sure, it’s possible, but they won’t get much of a return for him by the trade deadline. Brodeur says he won’t ask to be dealt and GM Lou Lamoriello earlier this season dismissed the notion of trading him. Unless one of them makes the first move, it won’t happen.