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by Paul on 01/27/12 at 12:26 PM ET
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
• A guy on the Leafs’ radar could be San Jose W Ryane Clowe. He has a cap hit of $3.625 million through next season, but the word is he might be someone the Sharks are willing to part with before the deadline.
Before anybody in San Jose picks up the phone to get GM Doug Wilson’s denial he’ll move Clowe, the belief is it would take more than the Leafs might be willing to offer to make that deal happen, so going after a potential unrestricted free agent is more realistic.
The Leafs would certainly have an interest in Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu. The Hurricanes have held talks with his camp, but it’s believed Ruutu wants too much on a long-term deal, which means he’ll likely be moved.
• Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini could be busy. Sure, we’ve all heard the Oilers are trying to deal W Ales Hemsky, but there’s also interest in Ds Theo Peckham and Andy Sutton. The veteran Sutton is a UFA at the end of the season, while Peckham could be valuable because he’s an RFA. There are a lot of teams looking for blue-line help.
• Keep an eye on Buffalo G Ryan Miller. He isn’t being shopped, but the Sabres will have to decide in the next two weeks if they’re in the playoff picture or not. The Ducks, Blackhawks and Lightning could all go looking for goaltending help. They would all have interest in Miller if GM Darcy Regier decides to make that move. Don’t rule out a Miller for Jonas Hiller swap. That should get the ball rolling.
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