According to the Puck-rakers blog on the Columbus Dispatch website, Doug MacLean could once again be involved with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Apparently, MacLean is back in good graces with Lightning majority owner Oren Koules, even though MacLean and Florida real estate developer Jeff Sherrin sued Koules for $50 million when the group's Absolute Hockey Enterprise's venture fell apart in November. It's rumored that he could become the new president or GM (or both). Source
The same blog is saying that the Columbus Blue Jackets will be active around the NHL Entry Draft in June, as the team will be looking for a top line centre. The Jackets will probably use their 1st round pick acquired from the Adam Foote trade in a package to acquire that centre. Source
The New York Post is reporting that New York Rangers GM Glen Sather rejected a trade that would have involved sending Sean Avery to the San Jose Sharks for Steve Bernier. Writer Larry Brooks suggested that this rejection spurred the Brian Campbell trade, as well as the Marian Hossa trade, as the Pittsburgh Penguins were pursuing Bernier as well. Source
On CBC's Hockey Night in Canada intermission program "The Hotstove", panelist Pierre LeBrun suggested that there might be some interest in Alexei Yashin. Yashin wrapped up the RSL season with his team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, where he scored 15 goals and 41 points in 54 games.
Toronto Maple Leafs forward John Pohl is rumoured to be signing with HC Lugano of the Swiss Nationalliga A for next season. Source