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2/17: The teams watching the Rangers and Senators in Ottawa today are: St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Colorado, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, NJ, Nashville, Florida. (Garrioch)

2/13: The Rangers had two scouts watching Tampa Bay and Buffalo. (Yerdon)

2/13: The Rangers had a scout watching the Penguins and Senators. (Pagnotta)

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Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

2/17/18 | 9:24AM: Teams that are interested in potentially trading for Ryan McDonagh are aware of his current injury and that it isn't having any impact on trade talks. (NY Post)

2/16/18 | 2:39PM: Elliotte Friedman wrote that he has heard that the price to acquire McDonagh in season is "very, very high." (Fan Rag)

12:17PM: Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal tweets that the Rangers would want Bruins rookie Jake DeBrusk in any potential deal for Ryan McDonagh.

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Jeff Gorton said on Friday that he wouldn't say that any potential trades are "imminent" but that things can change with one phone call. (NY Post)

Gorton said that the Rangers have "a lot of balls in the air" and that it's hard to predict when things will happen. (NY Post)

Larry Brooks noted that the Rangers are "committed" to moving pending free agents Rick Nash, Michael Grabner, Nick Holden and David Desharnais. (NY Post)

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2/14/18 | 12:10PM: Pierre LeBrun writes that Grabner might be generating the most interest from teams around the league because of his cap hit and production. (The Athletic)

LeBrun wonders if the Rangers would be able to get a low first round pick in exchange for Grabner. (The Athletic)

2/7/18 | 10:20PM: On NBCSN on Wednesday, Bob McKenzie spoke Grabner and said that the Rangers right now are asking for a first round pick and that there is a lot of interest in him.

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Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. New York won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. New York won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

2/14/18 | 12:10PM: Pierre LeBrun says that if he was Jeff Gorton, he would be "all over" Nashville in regards to a potential Rick Nash trade. He notes that the Preds are in "win-now" mode and looking for a top-six winger. (The Athletic)

He notes that the Rangers are willing to eat some of Nash's cap hit to get the best possible return. (The Athletic)

2/13/18 | 5:20PM: Elliotte Friedman reports that the Nashville Predators are reportedly "all in" on Rick Nash. (Sportsnet)

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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman (11) battle along the boards during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman (11) battle along the boards during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

2/15/18 |10:06 PM: Renaud Lavoie reports that if McDonagh does go to Tampa Bay it won't be for Sergachev. (TVA)

2/12/18 | 3:10PM: McDonagh has drawn "keen interest" from the Lightning and Bruins but neither team has "stepped up" with an offer that the Rangers could "legitimately consider." (NY Post)

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers do not feel any urgency to trade McDonagh by the deadline and could instead look to revisit the idea at the draft. (NY Post)

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Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) carries the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) carries the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

On Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday:

  • Elliotte Friedman said, "Ryan McDonagh is one of the biggest names on the market right now, a lot of teams are looking at Boston and saying a) they can do it, we've mentioned Tampa, and b) there could be a fit on the left side of the Boston defense."
  • Nick Kypreos said, "Joe Resnick may be the most popular agent the next few weeks because he has the hottest and biggest fish in the trade market in Rick Nash. It appears that Nashville seems to be leading the charge in interest for Rick Nash, followed by Dallas. It's not necessarily a money thing with him in terms of their interest in maybe re-signing him, we know he has made almost $90 million in his career so it's really a chance to win a Stanley Cup."
  • Host David Amber said that "Nash in Nashville makes sense to me."
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Jan 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates his goal during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Jan 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates his goal during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

2/12/18 | 6PM: The Leafs are on Rick Nash's list of approved teams, according to TSN.

2/10/18 | 7:44PM: Nash told Larry Brooks that he is open to "anything" regarding a possible trade, including amending his no-trade list. (NY Post)

Nash confirmed that the teams currently on his list are teams that he feels have the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup, and that includes teams in Canada. (NY Post)

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(Scott Rovak)

Earlier this week, Elliotte Friedman wrote that one of the subplots around the Olympics will be pending UFA Ilya Kovalchuk. (Sportsnet)

Kovalchuk is eligible to sign with any team this summer and Friedman wrote that it's believed his "eyes are on New York." (Sportsnet)

Friedman said later in the week that he thinks that the Rangers would be Kovalchuk's top choice. (Fan Rag)

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Jan 21, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin (6) chases down New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) as he takes the puck down ice in the second period of the at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jan 21, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin (6) chases down New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) as he takes the puck down ice in the second period of the at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

On TSN's Insider Trading on Thursday, the following was said about the Rangers:

  • Darren Dreger said on Rick Nash, "Rick Nash's agent is a popular agent, maybe the most popular agent in the NHL right now just given the fact that Nash does have the contract and trade protection. I'm told that Resnick has spoken to at least 8, maybe 10 teams already who do have interest in Nash. As far Nash and his interest, I believe that it's the Nashville Predators #1 and perhaps the Dallas Stars #2."
  • Dreger on 25 scouts being at MSG on Wednesday, "25 scouts were at Wednesday's game so the league is paying close attention to the business dealings of GM Jeff Gorton and media has targeted Rick Nash and to a certain degree Michael Grabner, but you have to look at the other pieces. I'm hearing that JT Miller, a very serviceable winger is generating a bit of a buzz around the NHL and there is intrigue around Chris Kreider as well. He is still recovering from the blood clot in his right arm, expected to return in perhaps in mid-March, there might be a low level deal there."
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10:20PM: On NBCSN on Wednesday, Bob McKenzie spoke about the Rangers and said:

  • "A lowercase "r" rebuild. It's not a teardown. Let's make it perfectly clear here, Jeff Gorton, the GM of the Rangers and his management team are not looking at burning this thing down and bottoming out for 3-5 years like a lot of franchises have done. He is most certainly in the mode in listening on anybody, I would go so far to say this, there is only one untouchable on the New York Rangers and that is Henrik Lundqvist. We will see rentals flying out the door, Rick Nash, Michael Grabner, Nick Holden, those guys will be dealt before the deadline. Jeff Gorton will listen on Ryan McDonagh, he will listen on Mats Zuccarello and he is going to listen on some of the younger guys like JT Miller, Chris Kreider and others. I can't imagine a deal that would get Brady Skjei out of New York any time soon but I also know that at this time the Rangers are not shutting down any possibilities and their quest right now is to get as many first and second round picks, prospects and young players as they can to try and reload over the next number of years."
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Nov 4, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Nick Holden (55) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with teammates in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)
Nov 4, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Nick Holden (55) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with teammates in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)

2/7/18 | 10:20PM: On NBCSN on Wednesday, Bob McKenzie spoke about Holden and said that someone is going to give up a draft pick to acquire him for depth.

12:04PM: Elliotte Friedman writes "not to underestimate" the interest in Nick Holden as a depth defense option for playoff teams. (Sportsnet)

2/6/18 | 6:48PM: On TSN's Insider Trading, Bob McKenzie said "Nick Holden is a UFA defensemen who could be on the move by the deadline."

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Earlier today on TSN 1040, Bob McKenzie said that the Rangers are "wide open for business" and will listen on just about anybody. (TSN 1040)

Darren Dreger said this morning that the Rangers are open for business and Pierre LeBrun writes in The Athletic that the Rangers are making an effort to go young and continue what they started by moving Derek Stepan and Dan Girardi last summer. (The Athletic)

This evening on Insider Trading, McKenzie said that the word "rebuild" is now being used in relation to the Rangers and that Jeff Gorton will listen on "everybody."

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Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (61) skates during the warmup period before game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (61) skates during the warmup period before game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

2/7/18 | 10:20PM: On NBCSN on Wednesday, Bob McKenzie spoke about Nash and said that the Rangers are getting a lot of calls on Nash, the price will be high and the Rangers are prepared to eat up to 50% of his cap hit to facilitate a trade to a team that might be near the cap.

He said that right now the Rangers are asking for a first round pick, a top prospect and a lesser player/pick/prospect.

12:04PM: Elliotte Friedman writes that Nash's list may not matter and that a team not on his list could ask for permission to try and convince him to accept a trade.(Sportsnet)

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( Adam Hunger)

6:30PM: Elliotte Friedman was on SiriusXM earlier today and said that he thinks Rick Nash will be traded from the Rangers by the deadline but that the "biggest question is if" he returns in the offseason.

Friedman adds, "The Rangers like him, obviously his son likes being in New York. I think the biggest question is going to be does he go back next season and I wouldn't be surprised if Grabner gets traded and the same thing happens there." (SiriusXM)

On who could go after Nash, Friedman said "I think Nashville will be in it. I think St. Louis will be in it. It all comes down to where he is willing to go. I think San Jose, if Joe Thornton is coming back, Joe Thornton and Rick Nash are tight. I think those are two guys that would love to play with each other. I think there are a lot of options there. Normally I would put Calgary there but they don't have a high pick. I think there's going to be a lot of interest in Nash, I think Nashville is a team that's really looking at things and it actually makes a lot of sense to me." (SiriusXM)

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Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) skates during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports  (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) skates during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Frank Seravalli of TSN listed the Flames, Avalanche and Penguins as potential teams that could be matches for pending UFA Michael Grabner.

Seravalli said that Grabner would add speed and bottom six scoring to the Flames.

Regarding the Avalanche, Seravalli says that if Colorado wants to be a buyer they could go after Grabner and add his goal scoring ability to the playmakers on their roster.

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Jan 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates his goal during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Jan 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates his goal during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

6:03PM: Larry Brooks reports that the Rangers appear willing to assume up to 50% of both Ryan McDonagh's and Rick Nash's cap hits in potential trade deadline moves. (NY Post) 

He lists Nashville, Columbus, Dallas, St. Louis, San Jose and Pittsburgh as potential options for Nash. (NY Post) 

Brooks writes that in regards to McDonagh, the Rangers will eat the money to get a "commensurate return" for McDonagh. (NY Post) 

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(Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist told Larry Brooks that he will support whatever path the Rangers decide to go down in relation to being sellers at the trade deadline. (NY Post)

Lundqvist said that he wants the Rangers to have the "best team possible" right now but that he plans to spend his entire career in New York and is not considering asking for a move to a team that might have a better chance at the Stanley Cup. (NY Post)

He said that he made a commitment to the organization when he signed his last contract and added. "I love it here. I want to be here and battle through the ups and downs, the good and the bad. It's important to me." (NY Post)

Lundqvist has a full-no move clause and three more-years on his contract after this season with a cap hit of $8.5 million. (NY Post)

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5:10PM: McKenzie tweeted that the Rangers could "possibly" trade Nash and Grabner and will "dutifully listen on McDonagh and Zuccarello."

11:28AM: On TSN 690 in Montreal, Bob McKenzie said that the Rangers are exploring the "sell" options at the trade deadline.

McKenzie added that the Rangers have not "fully committed" to becoming sellers and that they haven't yet asked for Rick Nash's list of teams that he could be traded to.

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(Brad Penner)

Larry Brooks writes that Jeff Gorton should "drive a hard bargain" in regards to a potential deal for Ryan McDonagh. (NY Post)

He said that Gorton should "think big and go big" and if his price isn't matched he can revisit at the draft. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that while the Rangers may be willing to move McDonagh, "no one is giving away" the Rangers captain. (NY Post)

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Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates with the Rangers bench after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates with the Rangers bench after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Larry Brooks writes that if the Rangers trade Michael Grabner the return could potentially be a first round pick or young roster player. (NY Post)

Brooks also notes that Grabner could potentially be re-signed in the offseason.

  • He also notes that both Nick Holden and David Desharnais might be able to bring back returns of mid-round draft picks. (NY Post)

Grabner has 21 goals this season after scoring 27 last season.

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Larry Brooks wrote on Friday that the Rangers should be able to "cash in" on Rick Nash as they reportedly look to trade the pending UFA before the trade deadline. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that Nash is the "perfect fit" for a team looking to add forward and lists Dallas, St. Louis, San Jose and possibly Tampa Bay as good fits. (NY Post)

He notes that based on previous trades for rentals the Rangers should be able to get a "legit" young player and a first round pick as well as assume up to 50% of Nash's cap hit, which could increase the return. (NY Post)

There are conflicting reports about whether Nash has submitted his list of approved trade destinations. Darren Dreger said that Nash had not been asked yet for his list while Larry Brooks writes the list was submitted over the summer. (NY Post)

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Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are expected to sell at the trade deadline to "refresh and replenish" the organization. (NY Post)

He said that this is the plan regardless of where the Rangers are in relation to a playoff spot. (NY Post)

Brooks said that the Rangers objective is to add draft picks as well as "young NHL or NHL-ready players" in an attempt to become Stanley Cup contenders in the future. (NY Post)

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Steve Sullivan won't be available for the Devils tonight, instead traveling to New Jersey to undergo a routine physical and "get situated." While coach Pete DeBoer doesn't know exactly where he'll use Sullivan at this point, he's still a longtime admirer of the veteran winger -- and he's not the only one.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

?I?ve always been a fan of is,? DeBoer said this morning in Boston, where the Devils will take on the Bruins tonight. ?He?ll give us some speed, an offensive guy. I?ve got to try and find him some chemistry and with Kovy out I think he?ll be a nice burst of offense, hopefully, for us.?

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Well, the trade deadline is over, but that doesn't mean we can't wring a little bit more coverage out of it. We told you our thoughts on the Devils' acquisition of Steve Sullivan and even covered you with all the trades on Tuesday and Wednesday. Now, here's what's left over in my brain about the deals that were (and weren't) and some of the teams heavily involved in the past two days.

Devils Don't: When the Devils added Steve Sullivan, I think it's pretty safe to say Devils fans greeted it with a conjunctive, "That's it?" Make no mistake, Sullivan can help if he's got anything left, but yesterday was more about what the Devils chose not to do. They didn't jump into talks for a guy like Ryane Clowe, Jaromir Jagr, Jason Pominville or Martin Erat. They only dealt a seventh-round pick for Sullivan, preserving the few top prospects and 2013 draft selections still left in the cupboard. And you know what? It was the right move -- for now and for the next two or three seasons. As much as Devils fans are conditioned to think they can win the Stanley Cup every year, that's not the case this year. One player was not going to fix this team and the Devils didn't have the assets to overhaul their forwards like the Rangers did over the past few days. The Devils are a playoff team, but they might not make the postseason after long-term injuries to Dainius Zubrus, Martin Brodeur and Ilya Kovalchuk. We wrote before and during the season that the most important thing for New Jersey was to stay healthy. They didn't and it's cost them, but there were no quick-fix answers out there at or before yesterday's trade deadline. In the end, Lou Lamoriello made the right decision by standing pat.

Rangers re-do: I like what the Devils' cross-river rivals did over the past two days. Yes, they gave up a lot, but they completely revamped their team in the style their coach prefers to play, added talented depth and regained the cap flexibility they lost when they traded for Rick Nash. What we're seeing is that (at least for now), teams in this cap era can't afford to be top heavy in salary (Are you listening, Anaheim?). The Rangers had most of their cap tied up in Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, Rick Nash and Henrik Lundqivst and have several very talented RFAs they'll need to sign this summer. More importantly, I think it makes them better this year. Weird, right? Normally trading a proven 40-goal scorer from one of the most offensively inefficient teams wouldn't help that team moving forward. However, the Rangers now have a third-line center (which they didn't), a top-six grinder with a solid scoring touch and a 22-year-old puck-moving defenseman to replace guys like Stu Bickel and Steve Eminger. The Rangers might end up missing Gaborik's scoring touch if they make the playoffs or the draft picked they gave up for Ryane Clowe if they flame out, but that doesn't mean these were bad moves.

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Devils general manager/CEO/president and overlord of northern New Jersey Lou Lamoriello addressed the media a little after 4 p.m. ET. Here's what he had to say about the acquisition of Steve Sullivan and deals the Devils didn't make, but could have.

Via the Twitter feed of The Record's Tom Gulitti:

  • Steve Sullivan will travel to New Jersey for a routine physical exam. He won't be available Thursday in Boston but will be available to play against Toronto on Saturday.
  • Lamoriello called Sullivan a "depth forward," which is similar to what we thought of the deal.
  • The Devils could've made other moves, but the price was too high. Lamoriello said he had to keep in mind the draft picks he'd already traded away this season in deals for Alexei Ponikarovsky and Andrei Loktionov.
  • Lamoriello said he doesn't regret giving up 2013 third-round pick for Marek Zidlicky at least year's deadline.
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Remember like an hour ago when Marek Zidlicky was missing from practice and everyone was like "OMFingG! He's gonna be totally traded!" You know, guys like me. Well, everyone JUST STAND DOWN!

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/319511439511539712

Carry on with your day, folks. Oh, and we have no idea if Zids will be in the lineup Thursday against Boston. But that's all secondary.

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Via Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun:

https://twitter.com/SunGarrioch/status/319505208323477505

"Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..." is pretty much my opinion on Drew Stafford. I think he's nothing more than a third liner on a good team, if that. I don't think a "change of scenery" is going to change his game either. I doubt the Sabres are interested in adding Marek Zidlicky, who was absent from today's practice. Buffalo seems way more interested in procuring picks and prospects. Perhaps a three-way deal? Oh, the speculation madness!

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Sorry if we're a little late on this one, but there was a noticeable absence at today's practice -- a certain puck-moving(ish) defenseman with a no-trade clause.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/319494734366248962

Zidlicky said yesterday he hadn't been asked to provide a list of teams with whom he'd be willing to accept a deal. Could the Devils be moving him for a scoring forward? It's possible. It's been a season-long suggestion around these parts that Lou Lamoriello move one of his eight NHL defensemen for some help up front. Instead, Lou held on to all eight and dealt picks for Alexei Ponikarovsky, Andrei Loktionov and Matt D'Agostini. The waiting game begins...

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After covering you on the day-bef0re-the-deadline deals Tuesday, we're back it to today. The official 2013 NHL trade deadline is Wednesday at 3 p.m. and we'll keep you covered here for all of the deals involving the Devils and around the NHL.

UPDATE: (4:59) The trades are still filtering out, but this is one Twitter's been buzzing about for a good hour:

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With the trade deadline set for 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 3, considering this post your one-stop shopping for all trades, deals and machinations. We'll update all league-wide deals (with the exception of minor-league trades) here and keep you guys updated with every deal. Let's start off with a couple of fun ones from the Lonestar State.

First, there was this:

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With the trade deadline only 27 hours away, the rumors, rumblings and reports are starting to really move. This one, from Renaud Lavoie of RDS officially puts a big name on the trade docket:

https://twitter.com/RenLavoieRDS/status/319108974727270400

Would Devils fans accept Jagr on the roster? Probably. But I imagine there are teams in the East willing to pay a lot more than Lou Lamoriello and judging from the Brendan Morrow deal, the Stars aren't going to give away any of their veterans. What would the cost be for Jagr? Probably a top prospect and a second-round pick or a first-round pick and a B-level prospect. The Devils could deal Jon Merrill and a second and maybe a lower-level prospect as well or possibly move Reid Boucher and multiple picks or a first rounder. That (which is purely conjecture) might get it done, but that's assuming Lou is willing to give up those assets to boost a team with multiple holes. I don't foresee anything happening and?there's no reports saying the Devils are interested -- but Jagr certainly would be a big boost to the Devils' struggling offense.

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Tonight at 7:30 p.m., ?Linsanity? returns to the Big Apple for the second time this season as the Houston Rockets head to Barclays Center to play the Nets.

The Nets are coming off a home-and-home sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks, using some late-game heroics to earn the victories.

Houston not only is coming off a come-from-behind win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the Rockets also beat the Nets soundly, 119-106, on Jan. 26. The Nets have lost 12 straight overall to the Rockets.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are looking to add a defensemen but only one that is a good skater.

Brooks writes that the team may have some interest in adding Dennis Wideman or Jaroslav Spacek, but that there is no interest in Chris Campoli or Bryan Allen.

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Aaron Portzline tweets that Columbus has traded Jeff Carter to LA for Jack Johnson and a first round pick.

Portzline says that the deal will be made official by Scott Howson soon.

Darren Dreger also says that the deal is done.

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Marvin: Why does it seem like the Rangers are only interested in Nash? Wouldn't it be a cheaper move to get Smyth from? Edmonton or Selanne from the Mighty Ducks. And what about Bobby Ryan? I thought they loved him.

Adam: In regards to the two players on the Ducks, Selanne has said that he doesn't want to get traded and Ryan appears to be off the market, for now, since the team is making a big run towards the playoffs.

Bruce Garrioch wrote in the Ottawa Sun that teams seem to have given up hope about Selanne waiving his no-move clause.

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Steve Zipay writes in Newsday that the Rangers are reported to have interest in acquiring UFA to be defensemen Shane O'Brien or Chris Campoli.

O'Brien is 6-3 and 230 and is averaging close to 20 minutes a game in Colorado with close to two minutes on the PK.

He has two goals and 12 assists this season.

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In the Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch breaks down the trade deadline situation and says that the Rangers are not in the category of "big buyers" but in the category of "sniffing around."

He says that the Rangers like Rick Nash but that they are worried about any sort of chemistry issues that a trade could bring.

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In the Wall Street Journal, Mike Sielski says that the Rangers need to use the next two weeks to ask and answer the following questions:

In some ways, their excellence this season makes it harder for them to answer the two key questions for any team at any trade deadline: Should we make a move, and if so, what move should we make?
Sielski says that Mike Milbury thinks the Rangers should look to acquire another goal scorer as long as it doesn't come at the cost of one of the good young players.

Stu Hackel wrote at SI Red Light that the Rangers should look to add a tough veteran scorer, like Ryan Smyth, and while it would be a mistake to tamper with the chemistry, he says that the Rangers have a lot of prospects they could deal.

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At ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun writes again that the Rangers are interested in acquiring a top six forward who can score and/or a defenseman to play on the power play who has a good shot.

LeBrun also says that the Rangers, like others in the league, are keeping an eye on the situation going on in Nashville with Ryan Suter/Shea Weber

He says that the Rangers would covet either one of those defensemen.

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In his chat at ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun says that the Rangers covet two things as they try to shape their team for a playoff run.

LeBrun says that one is a top-six forward and that the other is a defenseman for the PP.

I would imagine that the defenseman would be of the Bryan McCabe big shooter variety that they tried last season. Brad Richards can PP a power play from the left point and John Tortorella has started to use Dan Girardi on the right point.

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