LOS ANGELES: The Kings made the first major trade leading up to the 2012 trade deadline, and reports are they may not be done. After landing Jeff Carter from Columbus for defenseman Jack Johnson and a first-round pick, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported GM Dean Lombardi will consider trading captain Dustin Brown.
McKenzie reported Thursday morning that eight teams -- Boston, Buffalo, Edmonton, New Jersey, the N.Y. Rangers, Philadelphia, Toronto and Vancouver -- have expressed "high interest" in Brown. He has two years and $3.175 million left in his contract.
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CALGARY: The Flames moved into the top eight in the Western Conference earlier this week, but they've gone in the wrong direction in a hurry since. Calgary was blasted by rival Edmonton, 6-1, then yielded a two-goal lead before losing in a shootout to Phoenix.
During an intermission interview with Rogers Sportsnet, GM Jay Feaster blasted his team and hinted at changes.
"If we don't show a whole lot more urgency heading into Monday, you guys will be busy as it relates to the goings on in Calgary," Feaster told Roger Millions. "It's our veterans that haven't come to play in the last games. That's where we have to talk about intellectual honesty. If our play isn't trending to be a playoff team we have to be honest and have to look to marshal some assets."
The Flames don't have a lot of acquisition space to make a big move, but Feaster could make a couple of deals if he moves salary out as well. If he decides to sell, Calgary has a handful of pending UFAs -- Olli Jokinen, Lee Stempniak, David Moss, Cory Sarich and Scott Hannan -- that could warrant varying levels of interest from contenders.
Feaster certainly made it sound like the team's final game before the deadline (Saturday against Philadelphia) could play a large part in which route he takes.
"If there's a deal that doesn't mortgage the future on a rental player, then we would look to do that," Feaster said. "But again, this team does what we did in Edmonton and through two periods on Thursday, this team isn't inspiring a lot of confidence in me that they're serious. … Our vets need to carry us and we need more from our veteran players."
COLUMBUS: The Blue Jackets' rebuilding project has begun. GM Scott Howson has traded centers Antoine Vermette and Jeff Carter in consecutive days, and he has more assets to move. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported sources in the organization told him the Carter deal does not affect the ongoing negotiations with teams for captain Rick Nash.
SOG: 87 | +/-: -19
Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Tribune reported the Lightning's interest stemmed from coach Guy Boucher coaching Brassard during their time in the QMJHL, and it was likely minimal.
"[Probably] just kicking [the] tires," Erlendsson wrote on Twitter.
NEW JERSEY: Martin Brodeur and Patrik Elias own five Stanley Cup rings between, all won with the Devils, and they both named the same thing when asked by Mark Everson of the New York Post what the club could use in the next few days.
"Definitely, a defenseman would be a luxury, to add depth and size,” Brodeur said to Everson. “On our forward lines, we’re pretty well-equipped."
Added Elias: "We have the pieces here. Over 60 games, you realize if you need something or not.
SOG: 63 | +/-: 2
The Devils were linked to Marek Zidlicky earlier in the month, but nothing has come of that yet. He also wouldn't help in the size department. With guys like Hal Gill, Pavel Kubina and Nicklas Grossman already dealt and Tim Gleason off the market, there might not be a lot of big-bodied rearguards available.
Carolina's Bryan Allen, at 6-foot-5 and 226 pounds, might be the best option if GM Jim Rutherford decides to move the pending UFA. Everson notes there could be financial restrictions for the Devils though, and they must forfeit a first-round pick in 2012 or 2013 as penalty for the original contract Ilya Kovalchuk signed that was ruled an attempt to circumvent the salary cap.
OTTAWA: Goaltender Craig Anderson was in the hospital Thursday and could miss significant time because of a cut on his right hand. The Senators said Anderson is out indefinitely, but sources told the Ottawa Sun he'll be out 10 days or more, and possibly up to 6-8 weeks.
GAA: 2.00 | SVP: 0.920
"As the Senators prepare to face the Boston Bruins [on] Saturday at home, [GM Bryan] Murray has to decide whether he’ll go get another goalie as insurance or stick it out with [Alex] Auld and [Robin] Lehner until Anderson is ready to return," writes Bruce Garrioch and Don Brennan of the Sun.
"But the goalie market is thin."
If Murray does pursue a goaltender, he'll likely be looking at the same guys as Toronto GM Brian Burke. The Sun article mentioned Evgeni Nabokov, Josh Harding, Ty Conklin, Antero Nittymaki and Dwayne Roloson as potential targets. If the Senators are only looking for a short-term fix, pending UFA Curtis Sanford could also be in play.