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9:51 a.m. EST -- Florida Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison is set to be a UFA this summer and while they haven't been able to hammer anything out in regards to a new deal, he's expected to get some attention today. Darren Dreger reports that Panthers GM Dale Tallon has no intention of moving the NHL's second-leading goal scorer among defensemen unless it's a monumental offer.
From Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: "Rick Nash arrived at the rink at 9:20 this morning. 'Just another morning,' he said, with a smile."
9:33 a.m. EST -- Mike Russo of the Star Tribune reports that Minnesota Wild defenseman Nick Schultz has garnered some interest, as well as Josh Harding, with the Maple Leafs and Flyers two teams that have inquired about the netminder's availability.
What do the Vancouver Canucks need by the end of the day? Is it Steve Ott? Is it Johnny Oduya or Greg Zanon? They might as well embrace the hate directed their way and just pick up Ott. They might already be the NHL's biggest heels, so why not add to it?
P.A. Parenteau and his agent told Garth Snow that they'd prefer to wait until the off-season to negotiate a new deal, but with that uncertainty about his return to the Islanders, they are listening to offer for not only him, but also other pending UFAs Mark Eaton and Milan Jurcina, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
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9: 15 a.m. EST -- James van Riemsdyk of the Philadelphia Flyers has been involved in trade rumors forever, and today is no different. TSN's Darren Dreger says that San Jose may have made an offer for him, possibly with Antti Niemi involved, but the Flyers aren't budging ... or, perhaps, they're holding out for something sweeter.
9 a.m. EST -- As we wait for the first trade of the day, keep in mind that players who were placed on waivers over the weekend could be claimed at noon EST. Grant Clitsome of Columbus and Brian Rolston of the Islanders are two players who could have new homes later today.
CBC's Elliotte Friedman poses a question on Twitter: "After Nabokov (who may not be available), is there another goalie out there who can make a difference?"
Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero is known to make a move during the deadline, but it seems very quiet out there at the moment. He told the Tribune Review's Josh Yohe that he's not close to anything. Things change over time and the Penguins are still waiting to find out if that Crosby kid will be their big second half addition.
Washington Capitals GM George McPhee could be an active player today if the price is right. Steve Whyno of the Washington Times reports that forward Nicklas Backstrom is on long-term injury reserve, freeing up $7.6 million in cap space for the Capitals.
- Darren Dreger