Thursday, January 24, 2008

Oilers and Stars talking, Malik AWOL?

Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe was in the pressbox at the Dallas Stars-Buffalo Sabres game Thursday night. He was sitting with ex-Stars GM Doug Armstrong. Could there be something going on with these two old rivals? The New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild also had scouts at the game, and the Dallas Morning News Stars blog is reporting that the Rangers have been scouting the Stars a lot lately. Source

Rumours are flying that the Columbus Blue Jackets are close to a trade. Talks have surrounded the Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers. Jackets GM Scott Howson would prefer to deal with an Eastern Conference team, but if the right deal came along he would trade with the West. Source

According to a source close to the Hockey News, Teemu Selanne could be back skating with the Anaheim Ducks as soon as next week. Source

William Houston of the Globe and Mail is reporting that TSN analyst Mike Milbury says Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke wants the GM job with the Toronto Maple Leafs and will take it if he is assured he will not see or hear from Richard Peddie outside board meetings. Peddie is the president and chief executive officer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Leafs. Burke is currently signed until 2009 and is negotiating with the Ducks on an extension. Source

New York Rangers defenseman Marek Malik's equipment was not in his practice locker and could be on the move according to Newsday. "Right now it's just an internal matter," said coach Tom Renney. Asked if he was suspended, Renney declined to answer. Asked if he was still on the team, the answer was: "He's a Ranger." Renney wouldn't say if the defenseman was being traded. Malik is earning $2.5 million this year and has been a healthy scratch for a few games. Perhaps Columbus is interested? Source

The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Donald Brashear to a one-year contract. Source

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