• While a handful of teams in the league are getting heavily involved in trade talks, the New York Islanders look as if they’re standing pat for now. Isles beat writer Chris Botta tweets, “As far as I’ve heard, nothing major or even moderate right now.”
  • As has been widely speculated, the Toronto Maple Leafs may be looking to trade a defenseman after signing John-Michael Liles to a new contract. Carl Gunnarsson and Luke Schenn appear to be the most likely guys to be moved. The Edmonton Journal’s David Staples looked at which player the Leafs coaches trust more, statistically speaking, and he ended up with this conclusion: “Right now, it’s evident coach Ron Wilson favours Gunnarsson over Schenn, but in three years?”
  • The San Jose Mercury News’ David Pollak asked around, and has a Sharks’ source telling him there is a “zero chance” Ryane Clowe is moved before the trade deadline.
  • The Chicago Daily Herald’s Tim Sassone tweets that General Manager Stan Bowman isn’t done, and that he thinks they could trade for a defenseman or two and maybe even another forward.
  • The Detroit Red Wings have been rumored to be eyeing guys like Teemu Selanne and Ales Hemsky, but TSN’s Darren Dreger thinks they might be more interested in another forward: “I would expect the Wings would show considerable interest in Brenden Morrow if Dallas is truly listening to teams targeting the veteran centre. Hard to imagine the Stars are willing to do the Red Wings any favours, but if the price is right, anything is possible.”
  • There’s a possibility Carolina Hurricanes General Manager Jim Rutherford will tear down and start over. And if that’s the case, the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch writes, “Some NHL insiders are wondering if Cam Ward will be part of the solution.”

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