According to the Puck-rakers blog at the Columbus Dispatch website, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins have had preliminary talks about a trade. The talks are surrounding Pittsburgh trading the rights to some of their impending unrestricted free agents. Writer Aaron Portzline speculates it could be either Brooks Orpik or Ryan Malone. Brochu's take: This could be a move similar to what Nashville did last summer when they sent the rights to Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell to Philadelphia. Rumors are flying it could be Marian Hossa as well. Source
The Dallas Stars have traded forward Marty Sertich to the Colorado Avalanche for a conditional draft pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Source
The Anaheim Ducks have traded defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron to the Minnesota Wild for a third round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Source
Vancouver Canucks forward Trevor Linden will announce his retirement in a news conference scheduled for Wednesday in Vancouver.
Dallas Stars defenseman Mattias Norstrom announced his retirement from the NHL Tuesday.
The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a three-year extension with head coach Mike Babcock.
The Los Angeles Kings have fired coach Marc Crawford. Crawford had one year remaining on his contract. There are rumors that Joel Quennville could be taking his job.