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Posted On Thursday, 02.19.2015 / 1:13 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Jets at Capitals

The Winnipeg Jets have dealt with their fair share of injuries this season, but the news regarding one key player is positive heading into their game Thursday against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center.

Forward Drew Stafford, acquired in a trade Feb. 11 that sent forward Evander Kane to the Buffalo Sabres, took part in the morning skate and will be in the lineup, coach Paul Maurice said. Stafford sustained an upper-body injury Monday in a 5-4 shootout win against the Edmonton Oilers and was listed as day-to-day.

"I'm feeling good," Stafford said in video posted by the Jets. "I'm fully prepared to pick up where I left off."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 5:20 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Maloney, Coyotes waiting for the right price

Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said Wednesday he "has a price in mind" for forward Antoine Vermette and other players but doesn't expect it to be met until closer to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2.

"Well, there's a certain ebb and flow to it. Through experience, generally the best deals come at the deadline," Maloney said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "We have a clear price in mind for not only Antoine, but any of our people here.

"We know we're having a difficult season. We need to bring some young assets in. We want to introduce more youth and speed into our lineup, which is what we plan on doing going forward."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 11:36 AM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Penguins wouldn't mind adding a forward: report

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said Wednesday he's more likely to add a top-nine forward than a defenseman prior to the NHL Trade Deadline, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Penguins are battling the New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division, with the four teams separated by five points entering Wednesday.

With the trade deadline set for March 2 at 3 p.m. ET, Rutherford said he isn't on the verge of pulling the trigger on a big trade.

"That doesn't mean there won't be [a trade] in the next week or so," he said, according to the Post-Gazette.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.17.2015 / 7:54 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Tallon says Panthers expect to be active: report

Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said Tuesday he expects to be active heading toward the NHL Trade Deadline, as much to give some prospects NHL playing time as to help the Panthers reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season.

"You know we have a lot of good young players in the minors that we'd like to get some action to after the deadline (March 2)," Tallon told the Sun-Sentinel. "It depends on what other teams are looking for and what they want to do and how it helps our chances not only this year but down the road."

Sean Bergenheim reportedly has requested a trade, and Tallon said he will try to accommodate him. The Sun-Sentinel also mentioned Scottie Upshall, Tomas Fleischmann and Tomas Kopecky as possibilities to be traded. The four forwards can become unrestricted free agents after this season.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.17.2015 / 3:55 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Blue Jackets not looking to shake things up: report

After making the Stanley Cup Playoffs for only the second time in franchise history a season ago, and extending the Pittsburgh Penguins to six games before being eliminated in the Eastern Conference First Round, much was expected of the Columbus Blue Jackets this season.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen might be disappointed with where the Blue Jackets stand, 12th in the Eastern Conference entering their game Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers and 13 points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild-card spot in the East, but that doesn't mean he's looking to make major changes to his roster as the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline closes in at 3 p.m. ET on March 2.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.17.2015 / 1:17 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Flyers

Columbus Blue Jackets all-star forward Nick Foligno has a lower-body injury and won't play against thePhiladelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.

Foligno, who has four goals and three assists during a five-game point streak, is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, the Blue Jackets said via Twitter.

Foligno has career highs of 22 goals and 52 points in 53 games, and was one of the captains at the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game, which was held at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen will miss his 57th straight game to start the season, but for a team on a 6-0-3 run that has crept back into contention for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the mere presence of the veteran on the ice at the morning skate Tuesday created a surge of emotion.

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Posted On Monday, 02.16.2015 / 3:46 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Leafs' Nonis fielding calls on Kessel, Phanuef: report

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis is receiving calls from other GMs on the availability of captain Dion Phaneuf and top scorer Phil Kessel but is in no rush to trade either of them, or anyone else on his team, ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET on March 2, he told TSN 1050 Toronto on Monday.

Nonis said his top defenseman and top forward are generating some interest when he was asked what other teams around the League think of Phaneuf and Kessel.

"GMs have their opinions about players. Everyone thinks that they're good players; I've had teams call on both of them," Nonis said. "These aren't guys that the rest of the League looks at and says, 'Well, I really don't want any part of them.' That's not the case at all. Phil's a good player. He's a top goal scorer in the League, he has been over the last five, six years. And Dion plays a lot of minutes, and if you look around the League, [defensemen] that play that many minutes are hard to find.

"What people think of them? I think probably you should ask them directly. But I've never had anything negative said to me about them."

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Posted On Monday, 02.16.2015 / 2:52 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Devils haven't approached Zidlicky about trade: report

Marek Zidlicky of the New Jersey Devils could be on the radar for teams looking for an offensive-minded defenseman prior to the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET on March 2, but his contract contains a no-trade clause and he told on Monday that general manager Lou Lamoriello has not approached him about waiving it.

"I don't think about that," Zidlicky said of a possible trade. "The last two games was pretty tough for us and I don't think about it."

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Posted On Sunday, 02.15.2015 / 12:34 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Petry's agent expects trade from Oilers: report

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry expects to be traded by the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline on March 2 at 3 p.m., his agent told the Edmonton Journal.

"We have had no contract negotiations with the Oilers and we've expressed that to Jeff," Petry's agent Wade Arnott told Jim Matheson. "We expect Jeff will be dealt by the deadline."

A right-handed shot, Petry was the Oilers' second-round pick (No. 45) in the 2006 NHL Draft and has played 292 games in Edmonton. Sources told the Journal that teams have started calling Arnott to inquire if Petry, who could become an unrestricted free agent July 1, is interested in signing an extension. That would, according to Matheson, potentially increase Petry's value.

Petry, 27, has four goals, 10 assists, 100 shots on goal and a minus-25 rating in 56 games for the Oilers. He signed a one-year contract for the 2014-15 season worth $3.075 million.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.14.2015 / 5:29 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Senators' Neil out indefinitely approaching deadline

Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil is out indefinitely after fracturing his left thumb during a fight in the second period of a 7-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

There was speculation Neil was a possibility to be traded, but the Ottawa Citizen reported last Thursday that Neil had not asked for one with the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline approaching on March 2.

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