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Posted On Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 6:52 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 Trade Deadline blog

Ryan Miller believes he'll be traded before deadline

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller said Thursday he believes he's likely to be dealt before the NHL Trade Deadline on March 5.

Miller has been the subject of trade rumors since prior to the season because he can become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

If Miller is not traded, he could re-sign with Buffalo; however, if he goes elsewhere the Sabres would get nothing in return.

Posted On Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 1:18 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Amid injuries, rumors, business as usual for Islanders

Life without John Tavares begins for the New York Islanders on Thursday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first game for both teams following the Olympic break. New York has lost six straight games at Nassau Coliseum, while Toronto has won two straight and 11 of 14.

The Islanders may soon be looking at life without forward Thomas Vanek and defenseman Andrew MacDonald. Each player is rumored to be headed elsewhere by the NHL Trade Deadline on March 5 at 3 p.m.

"Is it in the back of your mind? I'm sure it is. If [I said it wasn't] I'd be lying," Vanek told reporters. "I know what's ahead and what could happen, but once you come to the rink you block it out."

Islanders coach Jack Capuano has no intention on sitting Vanek to protect him from injury.

"We need to go about our business," Capuano said.

Posted On Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 12:37 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sharks get Couture, Torres back; Hertl skates

The San Jose Sharks are set to have forwards Logan Couture and Raffi Torres back in their lineup when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.

It's the first game out of the Olympic break for each team.

Couture hasn't played since Jan. 5 because of a hand injury which required surgery. He had a five-game point streak when he came out of the lineup, including goals in four straight games from Dec. 29-Jan. 4. He'll center the second line between Patrick Marleau and Marty Havlat.

"Last night, it was difficult going to sleep just thinking about how exciting it is to get out and play in an NHL game again," Couture said Thursday, according to "It feels like I haven't played in like three years."

Posted On Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 12:21 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Gaborik's return provides boost for Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Marian Gaborik is expected to start out on the fourth line in his return to the lineup Thursday against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

The Blue Jackets and Devils are among four teams in the Metropolitan Division separated by two points, and Gaborik's return after missing the past 22 games with a broken collarbone is a key addition for a Columbus team that starts Thursday three points out of the second wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards liked the way his top three lines were playing prior to the Olympic break, so Gaborik will begin the game playing alongside Mark Letestu and Derek MacKenzie.

Posted On Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 10:48 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews big Blackhawks-Rangers game

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, gets you set for 12 games on a busy Thursday.

The Chicago Blackhawks are back in action visiting the New York Rangers in a game that starts at 7 p.m. ET on NHL Network, and Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk joins us from the Arena Cam at Madison Square Garden to preview the action.

NHL insider Darren Dreger joins the set from Toronto to discuss big names with the NHL Trade Deadline just six days away.

Also former goaltender Kevin Weekes talks goaltending controversies and trade rumors around the League.

Posted On Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 6:05 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Duggan on silver medal-winning performance in Sochi

United States women's hockey captain Meghan Duggan joined NHL Live to discuss her team's silver medal-winning performance at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and if any of the sting has worn off from falling short against Canada in the gold-medal game.

Posted On Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 1:12 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Canadiens' Price to miss two games with injury

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price will miss the next two games with a lower-body injury.

Price left the morning skate early Wednesday and did not return.

"It's a lower-body injury that he aggravated during the Olympics," coach Michel Therrien said. "We want to ensure that he's completely healthy when he returns to the lineup. His situation is one that we'll be evaluating day by day. We'll check on his status for practice on Friday ahead of the game on Saturday [vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs]."

Posted On Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 12:36 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 Trade Deadline blog

St. Louis, Lightning discuss future with team

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis told reporters Wednesday he has had discussions with general manager Steve Yzerman regarding his future with the team.

St. Louis did not elaborate, but according to a report by Newsday's Arthur Staple, three NHL sources confirmed St. Louis requested a trade last month.

Posted On Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 10:52 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live talks Trade Deadline

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for a four-game Wednesday schedule as well as the NHL Trade Deadline which is only a week away.

St. Louis Blues analyst Darren Pang will join us by phone to talk about the rise of the Blues and goaltending rumors around the League.

Jamie McLeannan joins us from Toronto to talk goalies on the trading block.

In addition, Steve and E.J. look at the Western Conference and make predictions for what and who teams need to trade for before the deadline.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.25.2014 / 7:54 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 Trade Deadline blog

MacTavish: Oilers seek more draft picks

The Edmonton Oilers will look to add draft picks and open roster space for younger players at the NHL Trade Deadline, general manager Craig MacTavish said Tuesday.

"It's not rocket science where we are right now and what our strategy is going to be moving forward," MacTavish told the media at Rexall Place. "We've got a number of guys that are UFAs that are veteran players that are going to elicit attention around the League from teams that are preparing for a playoff run that will be in all of those conversations. It's been pretty quiet through the Olympic break, but I think that starting today it will start to heat up on a day-to-day basis."

The Oilers have several pending unrestricted free agents and veterans they may be looking to move at the deadline, including right wing Ales Hemsky and defenseman Nick Schultz. Edmonton will have a high pick in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft but has traded away its second- and third-round picks. MacTavish said he would like to make sure his team will have selections in those rounds.

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