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Pre-trade deadline 'headlines' from Cox and Friedman

02/28/2015 at 8:58pm EST

added 9:31pm, Watch the segment below...

Two days prior to the trade deadline, Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman dished trade-related "headlines" during the 2nd intermission of Hockey Night in Canada's Saturday broadcast.

Cox stated that the Maple Leafs may be the most active team at the deadline. They're listening to offers for Jonathan Bernier, emphasis on "listening," but there are teams like San Jose, Dallas perhaps (given that Kari Lehtonen continues to struggle); Olli Jokinen, Korbinian Holzer and David Booth are also possible moves.

Cox wondered whether the Maple Leafs would trade Joffrey Lupul to the Habs, and there is only "very lukewarm interest" there, and the Clarkson deal was going to be more complicated, but the Blue Jackets and Leafs were unable to consummate a larger deal, so they swapped Horton for Clarkson.

According to Friedman, Patrick Sharp was not asked for a list of 10 teams to which he would accept a trade within 48 hours of the trade deadline, and because that list wasn't asked for before 3 PM on Saturday, he's going nowhere; he also reports that Mats Zuccarello and the Rangers are at contract loggerheads, and the Rangers offered 6 years at $4.5 million on average, so he's being shopped, but the Rangers are not allowing would-be suitors to discuss a contract with Zuccarello before making trade offers;

Jeff Petry's not playing tonight for Edmonton and Montreal, Anaheim and St. Louis have been rumored; Friedman wonders if the Blues have considered moving Vladimir Sobotka to help the team despite Sobotka's status as a KHL'er;

Cox had no news on Chris Stewart, and he reported that Sabres prospect Mark Pysyk is OK after having collapsed on a basketball court today, and he does note that Ted Nolan was overruled in terms of demoting Pysyk to the Rochester Americans, and that disagreement between Nolan and GM Tim Murray may indicate a larger rift between coach and manager;

Friedman says that, regarding, Curtis Glencross and the Calgary Flames, Calgary's whittling the list of teams they're considering trading Glencross to, and they want to consummate a trade before Monday;

In Arizona, Antoine Vermette was very emotional after today's Coyotes game understanding that he's going to leave, and the Coyotes are determining whether they're going to retain salaries or take back contracts in terms of the deals that they may make...

And there are Eastern Conference teams who believe that one of the Eastern playoff contenders is making a move for Keith Yandle.

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