The Bergen Record is reporting that the Colorado Avalanche are interested in acquiring New Jersey Devils forward Jamie Langenbrunner. It's also believed that several teams are interested in forward David Clarkson. Source Brochu's take: Langenbrunner's leadership would work well with the Avs' youthful lineup.
The New York Islanders have signed forward Nino Niederreiter to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The Detroit Red Wings have signed forward Trevor Parkes to a three-year,entry-level contract.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Andrew Crescenzi to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The New York Rangers have placed defenseman Wade Redden. Brochu's take: Redden won't be picked up, and in all likelihood will never be called on re-entry waivers. His options are limited to the AHL, Europe or retire. Injuries have really affected his play in the last few years.
The Chicago Blackhawks have placed goalie Cristobal Huet on waivers. Brochu's take: GM Stan Bowman has a plan in place to loan Huet to a team in the Swiss League, so this is merely a formality. The Hawks will now be able to shed $5 million from their salary cap.