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Trade Rumors Heat Up

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• A looming unrestricted free agent on July 1 with 16 goals and 18 assists in 51 games with the Oilers heading into Saturday, Smyth is going to have to decide whether he wants to head to a contender before the clock strikes zero on Feb. 27.

Sources say there’s at least four teams — including the Rangers, Sharks, Bruins and Wings — that have expressed interest with Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini….

• Confirm or deny: The cellar-dwelling Blue Jackets may finally be ready to accept reality and they could be willing to deal captain Rick Nash. If that’s the case, they’re going to want a big return: A top young player, a prospect and a first-round pick. The Rangers and Kings are interested. But Nash’s $7.8-million cap hit through 2018 is going to make it difficult for that to happen. Sounds like the kind of deal that needs to be made in the off-season. The first priority for the organization is to get C Jeff Carter moved. The Leafs certainly have interest.

• Several teams — including San Jose, Detroit, Boston and the Rangers — are waiting with baited breath to see what RW Teemu Selanne is going to do at the trade deadline. He has a no-movement clause, but sources say all four teams have expressed interest with Anaheim GM Bob Murray and are waiting to hear if Selanne, 42, has any desire to win one more Stanley Cup before the end of his career….

• This won’t go away: The talk is the Leafs are willing to offer up either C Joe Colborne or C Nazem Kadri to the Hurricanes for C Tuomu Ruutu. Carolina GM Jim Rutherford has been telling teams a deal is imminent. The Sharks are making a hard pitch as well, but GM Doug Wilson doesn’t want to pay the high asking price. Neither do the Senators.

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