COLUMBUS: Does Rick Nash want out? The Jackets captain hasn't said that publicly, but John Shannon of Sportsnet is hearing otherwise.
SOG: 206 | +/-: -21
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun said two days earlier that the Rangers and Kings have interest in Nash, but his $7.8 million cap hit would make it difficult for either team to acquire his services. Both teams would have to shed significant salary in order to attain Nash.
Following Wednesday's signing of Vinny Prospal to a one-year contract extension, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch asked GM Scott Howson if the "nuclear" option of blowing up the team, i.e. dealing the likes of Nash and Jeff Carter, was still possible.
"It doesn't change that at all," Howson told Portzline. "(Prospal) is going to be here either way."
DETROIT: According to capgeek.com, GM Ken Holland will have the ability to add about $24 million in cap hits at the trade deadline. The West-leading Wings have been linked to just about every star pending free agent at some point this season, whether it's Predators defenseman Ryan Suter or Devils forward Zach Parise.
But TSN's Darren Dreger said Wednesday morning on Team 1260 that the Wings could be interested in Canadiens forward Travis Moen, a defensively responsible forward who won a cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. He had missed five games with an upper-body injury but returned Tuesday. Dreger also said the Wings had shown interest in Edmonton's Ales Hemsky, but that's not the case as of now.
CHICAGO: Dreger also said on the same show that the Blackhawks are interested in adding goaltender Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders, but GM Garth Snow isn't ready to deal the Russian netminder. Chicago's Corey Crawford (2.94, .900) has struggled in his second season as the starter, and backup Ray Emery (2.80, .901) hasn't fared much better.
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