The Post has learned that two weeks ago Kings GM Dean Lombardi offered to send Sean Avery, veteran defenseman Mattias Norstrom and veteran center Craig Conroy to the Rangers in exchange for 20-year-old defenseman Marc Staal, who by acclamation is considered the organization's brightest prospect. -- New York Post

Glen Sather, the Rangers' president and general manager, said Tuesday that he had no plans to step down in the near future and would not specifically discuss comments by Mark Messier that he hoped to take Sather's place at the helm of the Rangers. -- New York Times

The Ducks need an upgrade on No. 4 defenseman Sean O'Donnell, who is a better fit as fifth or sixth guy. The Ducks will listen in on the Peter Forsberg situation in Philadelphia but won't sell the farm for him. They feel they made their blockbuster move last summer with Chris Pronger. -- Toronto Sun

The Bruins' attempts to re-sign Brad Stuart have hit a wall because the pending UFA defenseman politely told them he doesn't want to stay. There are plenty of suitors for Stuart, led by Edmonton, and right now the price is high. -- Toronto Sun

Unhappy winger Sergei Samsonov says the Montreal Canadiens should trade him if they're not going to play him. -- Toronto Sun

The way Flyers coach John Stevens tells it, the benching of Geoff Sanderson for the last two games was because Sanderson is most comfortable on the left side. Stevens liked the physical presence that Ben Eager and Todd Fedoruk had given the Flyers on that side. Stevens wants Sanderson to hunt down pucks, apply pressure, and use his speed to create turnovers. Sanderson was clearly upset Saturday for again being a healthy scratch. -- Philadelphia Inquirer

Penguins winger Colby Armstrong wanted to hear nothing of conspiracy theories surrounding the sprained right knee that kept him out of the team's two weekend games. He said the injury was real and he wasn't dodging the rematch Sunday in Montreal, where he might have been targeted after he leveled Canadiens captain Saku Koivu Thursday. -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Red Wings forward Mikael Samuelsson suffered a setback in his return from a broken right foot and goaltender Chris Osgood isn't yet ready to return from a broken finger. Samuelsson reaggravated his foot injury during the Monday morning skate in New York. Samuelsson won't skate again for 3-4 days. -- Detroit Free Press

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