Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/25/12 at 12:14 AM ET
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
• With Nashville comfortably in the playoff race, a couple of teams indicated they’d heard defenceman Ryan Suter was off the market and the Predators were going for it. GM David Poile, via email: “Business as usual, trying to sign [him].” By the way, Suter turned 27 on Saturday.
• There are a few reports the Oilers are trying to get Nashville to offer either blue-liner Ryan Ellis or Jon Blum/a first-rounder for Hemsky. For what it’s worth, one source (not Poile) said Monday that the Predators are not interested.
• A couple of teams think Buffalo’s Paul Gaustad would be a very nice fit in San Jose. That kind of big, depth centre is exactly the kind of player the Sharks eye. Another GM said he could see Wild defender Marek Zidlicky being a possibility there, too. He’s out of favour in Minnesota and those two teams like dealing with one another.
• Get the sense the NHL is confident the St. Louis sale to Tom Stillman will work out. The Devils? Tough to get a good handle on what’s happening, although it’s clear an ugly ownership fight has, at the very least, annoyed everyone by leading to some unpaid bills. Whatever the case, it won’t be easy to fix everything in time to deal with Zach Parise’s impending free agency. He’ll want assurances about the overall health of the franchise.
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