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NJ.COM: Rich Chere and Randy Miller report Devils forward Jaromir Jagr offered up his thoughts on the possibility of being dealt by the March 5 trade deadline. “The situation with me is I think if any team would try to trade for me they would probably ask me first if I wanted to go there,” Jagr told Chere. Miller reports he has an even shorter answer. “I’m not going anywhere,” he said.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Devils are only three point out of a playoff berth. I’ll be surprised if they deal away Jagr, their leading scorer.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes it’s up to Ryan Callahan to strike a deal with the New York Rangers if he hopes to remain with the club beyond March 5…Brooks also believes Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman “isn’t planning on contesting the divorce sought by Martin St. Louis so much as seeking the most favorable terms with which to separate.” He believes this will likely carry over into the off-season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far no word of progress in Callahan’s talks with the Rangers.
TAMPA TRIBUNE: Erik Erlendsson reports there’s no denying the strain the trade rumors about Martin St. Louis are having on the Lightning. Since January 7, when the original Canadian Olympic roster was announced and St. Louis was initially exclused, Erlendsson notes the Lightning are “9-8-1 after going 25-13-4 before Jan. 7, lending to questions about whether the record correlates.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Erlendsson notes, this hasn’t adversely affected St. Louis’ play. Who knows, maybe as time goes by this will blow over, especially if the Lightning finish the season strong and do well in the playoffs. In the meantime, I doubt St. Louis gets traded at the deadline, but expect the trade rumors to carry over into the off-season.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports it’s possible the Colorado Avalanche could trade center Paul Stastny if he’s not re-signed by the trade deadline. “While the Avs would like to re-sign as many players in the last year of their contracts as they can, Stastny’s situation is trickier because of his potential status as an unrestricted free agent July 1”, writes Dater. Neither Avalanche management or Stastny’s agent would comment on the status of contract talks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stastny could be traded but I doubt he will. Despite the risk of losing him to free agency this summer I doubt they want to risk upsetting team chemistry right now.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garioch reports it’s believed the Senators have tabled a contract offer to defenseman Chris Phillips, leaving him a couple of days to accept or reject it. If he isn’t re-signed by March 5, Phillips could be traded on March 5. The Boston Bruins are believed to have interest in Phillips.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: David Pollak reports Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle’s name may have come up when other clubs contracted GM Doug Wilson about trade possibilities. Boyle, however, has a limited no-trade clause has made it clear he wants to stay with the Sharks and Wilson hasn’t given any indication he feels otherwise.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg. If the Sharks make a move by the deadline it’ll likely be a minor one. They won’t move any of their notable players.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Mark Lazerus reports Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman isn’t focused on the upcoming trade deadline. Bowman professed to be happy with his current roster.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Their recent acquisition of Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard are probably the only moves Bowman will make leading up to deadline day.