Insider Only NHL: Trade, Free Agency Rumblings from the draft

The New York Rangers continue to push forward to land Ottawa Senators forward Dany Heatley. All of their focus on Saturday will be finding away to acquire the talented winger.
The Wild, Oilers and Kings remain in the mix, although the Kings have backed off of their pursuit.
This is not the first time Phil Kessel is being shopped. There has been some issues with head coach Claude Julien over the past two seasons.
The Av’s held trade talks with the LA Kings on Friday, with Av’s winger Ryan Smyth at the center of the talks. Smyth has been on the Kings radar for sometime.
Philadelphia is out of the Ryan Clowe sweepstakes and the Wild, Kings and Maple Leafs remain in the mix.
Very few whispers about Marian Hossa on draft day. The vibe I’m getting is that he will test free agency.
Marty Havlat is going to have to take a short-term deal to stay with the Blackhawks. We’re told Havlat’s camp countered the Hawks short-term offer with a 5 year – $23.5 million offer that was declined by the Hawks.
Brian Burke inquired about Chris Kunitz this week according to a Penguins source.
We’re hearing the New York Rangers have significant interest in Flyers winger Mike Knuble and Penguins forwards Billy Guerin and Ruslan Fedotenko.
The Montreal Canadiens have offered Mike Komisarek a 6 year deal worth close to $28 million.
Pittsburgh declined offers from the

Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators to move back and accumulate another second round, 3rd round pick.
When we will see a signing from the Penguins? I’m told Ray Shero isn’t very sure. Ruslan Fedotenko is currently mulling over the Penguins two year offer.
A deal is believed to be on the table between the Penguins and Mike Zigomanis and if an annoucement isn’t made on Monday, I would be very surprised.
Pittsburgh is currently in a holding pattern with Billy Guerin and are waiting for Robert Murray to make the next move. Pittsburgh has laid out what they can offer and what they are willing to offer.
Full update on the Penguins latest rumblings in the morning

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