February 08, 2007

According to sources, the Devils are trying to win the Brad Stuart sweepstakes. The Bruins are believed to want to trade their defenseman now, rather than waiting until the Feb. 27 deadline. -- New York Post

Gary Bettman dismissed any speculation yesterday he may leave, or be forced from, his job as NHL commissioner. There have been stories in some media outlets that the patience of certain owners is running thin with Bettman. Some are frustrated with the current US TV contract. Others are upset with the unbalanced NHL schedule. -- Toronto Sun

According to general manager Glen Sather in one report yesterday, the Rangers would consider dealing veterans should they fall even further out of the playoff picture. Among the team's free agents at the end of this season are Michael Nylander and Brendan Shanahan, both of whom playoff contenders might be willing to take on as short-term rentals. -- Daily Journal

So it should have surprised no one yesterday that Mark Messier not only didn't back off his recent declaration that he wants to be the Rangers' next general manager, he said he's ready to do the job right now. -- New York Daily News

Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky was spotted inhaling smelling salts, also known as ammonium carbonate, during Tuesday's 3-0 victory at Columbus. The Blue Jackets radio broadcast team mentioned this on air and assumed Gretzky had been hit in the head by an errant puck or something. But that wasn't the case, Gretzky said he had a head cold. -- Arizona Republic

As the pressure associated with going to the playoffs mounts, teams want to do everything in their power to eliminate distractions. And as much as the Predators are benefiting from the play of Tomas Vokoun and Chris Mason, the question of which goalie is playing when could eventually become an issue. -- The Tennessean

Bruins coach Dave Lewis said he didn't anticipate Marco Sturm being available tonight against the Hurricanes. Nor did he think Glen Murray would dress tonight. Murray didn't practice yesterday and planned to test his groin during today's morning skate. -- Boston Globe

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