LATEST NHL RUMBLINGS
— Rangers GM Jeff Gorton turned down trade offers for Keith Yandle during the summer, including an aggressive offer from the Buffalo Sabres, and the move to hold on to Yandle is paying dividends. Scouts have raved about Yandle’s play to start the year after struggles to fit in with the Rangers last season and dealing with a shoulder injury during the entire post-season.
Yandle has 8 points in 14 games and has been driving possession for the Rangers. Yandle is carrying just a $2.625 million cap hit due to the Coyotes picking up half of his salary, among reasons teams’ have been trying to get him out of New York and they’ve had no luck. Don’t look for that to change.
Talk among executives is Gorton has all intentions of locking up Yandle long-term and it won’t surprise many that Rick Nash and Dan Girardi are actively shopped after the season to make room for Yandle and other pressing moves.
St. Louis strongly covets Nash.
— Christian Ehrhoff’s time in Los Angeles could be short-lived. Ehrhoff a healthy scratch over the weekend has struggled mightily on the ice and winning over head coach Daryl Sutter has been a struggle for Ehrhoff.
Ehrhoff is being actively discussed in trade talks, league sources say. Contrary to reports, Ehrhoff does not have a no movement clause in his contract. Columbus who liked Ehrhoff over the summer are one of many teams trying to land a top-6 D and a potential fit.
— If anyone thinks Hurricanes owner Peter Karamanos Jr is going to sign off on anything to help the Pittsburgh Penguins, better think again when it comes to Eric Staal rumors. Things remain personal between Karmanos and Penguins GM Jim Rutherford, mostly from Karmanos end.
— The Penguins have had discussions with the Oilers Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"