Blue Jackets could look for an Offensive Defenseman or Top Center … Wisniewski Happy to be a Duck
  • Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch: Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson likes his team, but sees that he might need to upgrade on the blueline. He also knows that they need to generate more scoring. They already have 7 defenseman under contract for next season, with the majority of them, defensive-defenseman. He may look at dealing some of them, and bring in someone with a more offensive side. Fedor Tyutin, Jan Hejda and Rostislav Klesla could be trade possibilities. The Blue Jackets may also be looking for a front line center, or allow Derick Brassard to “grow into the role”. There is still no word if Nikita Filatov will return to the club next season, or they could trade him for an offensive defenseman or top center.
  • The Edmonton Journal: Steve Yzerman may the at the top of the list for future NHL general managers. The Tampe Bay Lightning may look for a new GM, after the team was recently bought by Jeff Vinik. Flames GM Darryl Sutter may also be on the hot seat if Flames don’t make the playoffs this year (see yesterday’s post).
  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Dennis Seidenberg has only played 2 games for the Bruins, but he may want to stay for a lot longer. “This is a good opportunity for me to show what I can do and if I can fit on the team,’’ he said. “There is a chance – I definitely hope – to stay here.’’
  • Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank: Islanders coach Scott Gordon is not that thrilled with Isles GM Garth Snow for trading away defenseman Andy Sutton, and not bringing a depth replacement. The Isles are still in the playoff hunt, the blueline is looking a little thin.
  • Chris McCosky of the Detroit News: Brett Lebda has missed a couple games recently as a healthy scratch, and may be running out of time to secure a regular spot on the Red Wings blueline, as well as a new contract from the Wings for the upcoming UFA.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Anaheim Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski was happy he wasn’t dealt at the deadline, but he and the Ducks are far apart on a contract extension. Wisniewski is making $2.75 million this season, and will be looking for a raise. He is arbitration eligible. The Ducks may not be interested in giving him the raise he wants.