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9:50 EST (SL) -- Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen will miss three months after that terrible injury on an icing race last night. Fellow blueliner Jamie McBain was a healthy scratch last night and has been rumored to be available. Does this Pitkanen injury, along with the acquisition of Marc-Andre Bergeron change his availability? Bob McKenzie reports that McBain could still be had, for the right price. Then again, so could most NHL players.
NHL Deputy VP Bill Daly was on Sportsnet this morning and said that Olympic discussions continue with the sides "working through" issues with insurance and travel, as well as the ability for the league to use content from the IOC. Another meeting has been scheduled in the near future, so it won't long before the NHL in Sochi is officially official.
Daly also gave an update on the Phoenix Coyotes situation saying that they league is still trying to find an owner and would help a buyer make things work in Glendale. So status quo.
9:20 a.m. EST (SL) -- Looking at the standings, who might be the sellers today? Florida and Colorado are two teams you'd have to think are already planning for 2013-14. The Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars have already begun dealing pieces away for futures. But what of the Philadelphia Flyers?
As of this today, the Flyers sit six points out of the No. 8 seed and it appears head coach Peter Laviolette and GM Paul Holmgren are safe. So what do they do? Do they ride out this season, hope for a top lottery pick (James van Riemsdyk, 2007), try to make a big splash over the summer and go for it next season? Or is there a move out there that's possible to help them make a push for a bottom seed in the East? Jaromir Jagr might have been an interesting move, but that's now gone.
9 a.m. EST (SL) -- Do you need a defenseman? Maybe you could convince Dale Tallon to part with Dmitry Kulikov, as Pierre LeBrun opines, or even Keith Yandle from Phoenix, for the right price, of course.
Yandle's name has surfaced in rumors for some time now. He still has three years left with a $5.25 million cap hit attached to his name. The Philadelphia Flyers might a team that would be interested in Yandle, but at this point, the Coyotes are better off waiting until the summer if they decide to listen to offers to increase the bidding war.
Kulikov has one year left and a $2.5 million cap hit for next season before he is scheduled to become a restricted free agent. The Panthers could be big sellers today with this disastrous season almost behind them and with an eye for the future.
New York Islanders captain Mark Streit's name has also come up, and while it's unlikely he'll sign an extension before the 3 p.m. ET deadline, GM Garth Snow has no interest in dealing his captain, per Darren Dreger, and the sides aren't far apart from a new deal. After their win last night, the Islanders are now tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference. They need Streit for their playoff push.
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