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Garrioch on the Canes, Yandle and…Oshie?

The Carolina Hurricanes earned their first victory of the 2014-15 season in their 9th game, defeating the Phoenix Coyotes 3-0 on Saturday, and given their issues, the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch kicked off his weekly rumor roundup discussing Ron Francis' challenges in attempting to right his sinking ship before it becomes a McDavid-Eichel lottery team:

With four years left at $7 million per-season, the underachieving Alexander Semin was a healthy scratch against the Arizona (don’t call me Phoenix) Coyotes on Saturday. The Canes would love to deal him but there’s no interest.

Naturally, the name of captain Eric Staal is going to be front and centre in all of this because there are several teams interested, not the least of which is the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Defenceman Andrej Sekera, who had 44 points last season and is making $2.75 million, will be highly sought after and will easily find a new home.

Garrioch also reports that the Keith Yandle Trade Rumor Mill is sputtering to life, as it usually does at this time of year...

The Coyotes haven’t gotten off to the kind of start anybody expected and that has GM Don Maloney contemplating a big changes. A month into the season and they are closer to last place than first in the difficult West. The name of defenceman Keith Yandle has surfaced again because he’s one of the club’s most attractive commodities. If the Coyotes want to do something big, Yandle is their best bargaining chip. Making $5.25 million, he’s 18 months or so away from unrestricted free agency and he’ll want to cash in. Oliver Ekman-Larsson has emerged as the club’s top blueliner while the club also has Michael Stone, Chris Summers and Brandon Gormley, who isn’t happy in the minors. Up front, the club will try to keep top centre Antoine Vermette but that doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen. He’ll be one of the most sought after forwards at the trade deadline and you can expect he’ll cash in with long-term deal in the $7-million range as a UFA on July 1.

But I find this a little difficult to believe:

There is a sense St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong is looking to make changes by adding a forward. If he does that, the Blues have to take money off the books because they don’t have the cap space to take on anymore cash. St. Louis has listened to offers for winger T.J. Oshie in the past and he’d be a good chip in discussions.

Garrioch continues, discussing Chris Stewart, Cal Clutterbuck, Paul Martin and Dustin Byfulgien's statuses, as well as a "no progress" report regarding Daniel Alfredsson...

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  Tags: alexander+semin, andrej+sekera, carolina+hurricanes, don+maloney, doug+armstrong, eric+staal, keith+yandle, phoenix+coyotes, ron+francis, st.+louis+blues, t.j.+oshie, toronto+maple+leafs

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