Trade and team rumblings from Day 2 of GMs meetings
NAPLES, Fla. -- There was continued "talk" on the second day of the GMs meetings. Here are some of the developments ( Read our Day 1 wrap here):
Bryan Murray isn't done yet. The Ottawa GM has bolstered his blue line and offensive depth with his acquisition of Mike Commodore and Cory Stillman from Carolina, but he would like to get deeper up front. The Senators were interested in Peter Forsberg before he pulled the plug on his NHL return this season. Now, Murray is looking elsewhere for help.
"It's going to be difficult, there's no question," Murray said. "I think there's a number of teams that are pursuing somewhat the same type of player and we'll just have to wait and see if call-backs take place. In a couple of cases, I've made a request at least to talk."
Among the players the Sens are believed to be interested in is Atlanta forward Marian Hossa.
"What we have to do is get our own team playing better first," Murray said.
The Senators were 5-10-1 their last 16 games heading into Tuesday.
No news on the Mats Sundin trade front and interim GM Cliff Fletcher doesn't expect anything to happen until after the GMs meetings end Wednesday.
"There's been a few rowboats offered for a battleship," Fletcher quipped Tuesday. "It's all preliminary negotiations. There's nothing on the front burner right now. Nothing's going to happen until we return to Toronto, sit down with our people, and then go through the process just like every other team goes through."
Contrary to reports suggesting Kings defenseman Rob Blake has said he won't waive his no-trade clause, he has not been asked by GM Dean Lombardi to do so. Lombardi said Tuesday he's spoken to Blake in general about the defenseman's feelings regarding a possible move and has an idea of what teams might be attractive to him.
"I think I have a pretty good idea of where he'd like to be," Lombardi said.
The belief is Blake, 38, who returned to Los Angeles at the start of last season, would like to stay on the West Coast, which means Anaheim and San Jose would be logical landing points. Still, the Ducks are more interested in help up front than adding to an already talented blue line.
It's believed Lombardi would entertain offers for most of his older players. One player that would garner some attention is Ladislav Nagy, but he's been out of the lineup with a neck injury. The talented Slovak was starting to play well when he was injured and it's unknown when he might return to action, which might restrict teams' interest in acquiring him. Regardless, Nagy, an unrestricted free agent, isn't likely to be re-signed by the Kings in the offseason.
The Philadelphia Flyers went to Plan B on Tuesday and landed veteran defenseman Jaroslav Modry from the Los Angeles Kings for a third-round draft pick in the 2008 draft. The team's attempts to acquire Tomas Kaberle from Toronto were rebuffed after Kaberle refused to waive his no-trade clause when the Leafs were approached by the Flyers earlier this week.
Modry, 37, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. The well-traveled Modry will be playing for his sixth NHL club since breaking into the league in 1993. He has one goal and six points in 61 games this season. He will join a Flyers club that has lost seven straight games in regulation heading into Tuesday night.
Minnesota GM Doug Risebrough won't be mortgaging the team's future to try and load up for this season's playoff run. He likes what he sees in his dressing room; and while he will try and do his part to make the team better, the onus will be on current Wild players to win their first playoff round since 2003.
"This team, as I see it, this is their time," Risebrough told ESPN.com. "It's not the organization's time; it's the team's time.
"I'm not going to step into the abyss," and give up significant parts of the team's future, he said.
Last spring, the Wild were ousted in the first round in five games by eventual Stanley Cup-champion Anaheim. They lost three one-goal games, but Risebrough said there wasn't a deal he could have done at last season's deadline that would have changed the outcome of that series.
"We were close, but we were far," he said.
Detroit GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com Tuesday the team is expected to offer erstwhile Grind Line member Darren McCarty a contract before Tuesday, the deadline for players to sign with teams and be eligible to play in the playoffs.
Holland said McCarty isn't yet in NHL shape, but thinks McCarty may add some gritty depth to a Wings team that will enter the playoffs as one of the top Stanley Cup contenders.
McCarty won three Cups with Detroit, but drugs and alcohol have plagued the winger and he was out of the game at the start of the season. He launched a comeback several months ago and has most recently been playing with the Wings' AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich.
In other Red Wing news, all-world defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom will miss a week to 10 days with a slight MCL sprain. He was injured early in Monday's win over Colorado.
Scott Burnside is the NHL writer for ESPN.com.
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