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Report: Carolina Willing to Eat Significant Salary to Move Semin

Dave Pagnotta of the Fourth Period reports that the Hurricanes are willing to retain a significant part of Alexander Semin‘s salary to facilitate a trade.

Semin has three seasons left beyond 2014-15 at an annual salary and cap-hit of $7 million.

Kings Acquire Andrej Sekera

“The Mayor” John Hoven reports the Kings are closing in on a trade for Hurricanes D Andrej Sekera.

5:09 PM: Elliotte Friedman confirms.

5:25 PM: Friedman says the prospect in the deal is Roland McKeown.

5:28 PM: Friedman says the pick is conditional. If L.A. misses the playoffs, the Canes will get their 2016 1st round pick, and L.A. will keep their 2015 1st.

Canes Trade Tlusty to Jets

The Hurricanes have traded Jiri Tlusty to the Jets for a 2016 3rd round pick and a 2015 6th.

With Blake Wheeler and Mathieu Perreault out of action, the Jets could use the help up front. Tlusty has 13 goals and 10 assists in 52 games this season.

Insider Trading: Sekera, Michalek, Kings, Wisniewski, Habs, O’Reilly

Image from Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

Image from Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

From February 24th’s edition of TSN’s Insider Trading:

Bob McKenzie says the Blackhawks are among the many teams that are interested in Carolina’s Andrej Sekera, as the Hawks have been extensively scouting the Canes’ defenseman. He says it sounds like Johnny Oduya is close to returning, but the team is looking to add to their blueline, regardless.

McKenzie says that Zbynek Michalek‘s concussion is concerning some suitors. He says even if Michalek isn’t in action by the trade deadline, he should still be traded, though the compensation would likely be heavily conditional.

Pierre Lebrun reports that the Los Angeles Kings are interested in both Sekera and Michalek, however the Kings are cautious about adding salary in case they need cap space should Slava Voynov be reinstated. He senses the Kings are leaning towards risking it, and taking on salary anyways. He says they would ideally like to add a top-four defenseman, and a forward due to Tanner Pearson being out of the lineup.

Darren Dreger says the Blue Jackets are testing the market for James Wisniewski, but his contract is “cumbersome”. He says Wisniewski has submitted a list of 10 teams he would not accept a trade to.

Bob McKenzie says the Habs’ trade of Jiri Sekac for Devante Smith-Pelly was fueled by head coach Michel Therrien’s lack of trust in Sekac. Pierre Lebrun reports that GM Marc Bergevin would like to add both a forward and a defenseman before Monday’s trade deadline, but he’s not going to mortgage the future to do so. He says he would be very surprised if the Habs were seriously interested in Joffrey Lupul.

Darren Dreger says that a deal involving Ryan O’Reilly is unlikely to happen before the trade deadline. He says there may be some discussion about the parameters of a contract extension, and if there’s no traction a draft day trade may be likely.

Kuc: Blackhawks Interested in Sekera, Glencross

Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Blackhawks are interested in Andrej Sekera of the Hurricanes and Curtis Glencross of the Flames.

Both potential UFAs, Sekera is a strong bet to be moved before the deadline, and it’s looking like a Glencross move is getting more and more likely.

Penguins Have Interest in Re-Acquiring Jordan Staal

Image from Michael Miller via WIkimedia Commons

Image from Michael Miller via WIkimedia Commons

Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Penguins are interested in re-acquiring Jordan Staal.

The Penguins traded Staal to Carolina to play alongside his brother Eric in 2012 for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and a first round pick which ended up being Derrick Pouliot.

Staal, 26, is signed for seven seasons after 2014-15 at a cap-hit of $6 million per season. He has a full no-trade clause, but Yohe reports that those close to Staal say he would waive it to return to Pittsburgh.

As Elliotte Friedman points out, it would take a lot of cap-maneuvering to make a trade work.

Yohe says that any trade would be more likely to happen in the off-season than before the trade deadline.

Plenty of Interest in Andrej Sekera

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Image from Benjamin Reed via Wikimedia Commons

Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports that the field of interested parties in acquiring Carolina defenseman Andrej Sekera is a large one. The Hurricanes, capitalizing on the demand, are asking for a first round pick and a prospect for the pending UFA.

Brooks reports that the Rangers are among the interested teams, and that getting Sekera should be their top priority, above upgrading their bottom-six forwards.

Wings Still Looking for Right-Handed Defensemen

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports that, although it’s coach Mike Babcock’s preference to have a balance of right- and left-handed defensemen, the team’s roster consists exclusively of left-handed handed defensemen.

St. James lists Cody Franson, Eric Gryba, Jeff Petry and Tyler Myers as potential targets for the wings. She suggests Mike Green will probably stay put as long as Washington is in playoff contention, and wonders about Justin Faulk, whom I doubt Carolina would move.

  

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