Vancouver, LA top Gaborik’s wishlist; Knuble on the trade block?

The Marian Gaborik situation has taking another turn for the worse as Gaborik has turned down a 8yr Р$80 million deal from the Minnesota Wild. $8 million per season is likely the highest the Wild will go, but it’s not really about the money for Gaborik. The Wild have begun targeting potential trade partners. If the Wild try to move Gaborik now, they are looking for an impact player plus prospects in return. If they wait until the deadline , the Wild will likely receive a deal similar to what the Atlanta Thrashers received last season for Marian Hossa.
Sources indicate if Gaborik had his wish he would be traded to the Vancouver Canucks or LA Kings. He will have that chance next summer. When Gaborik officially hits the trade block which could be very soon, the Canadiens are expected to be very aggressive in their pursuit. They would have to move Alexei Kovalev and others to match the salary, which I’m hearing they are open too, but the Wild are very interested in Chris Higgins. The salary cap will make it very difficult for the Wild to trade Gaborik early in the season. Check out the NHL chart for the rest of the teams who have inquired about Gaborik
The Philadelphia Flyers have little hope of upgrading their blue line due to their cap problems and they have explored the trade market for Mike Knuble to see what kind of return he could net. The Flyers did show interest in Sharks defenseman Kyle Mclaren but his $2.5 million salary is the issue
The Nashville Predators have held preliminary talks with the New York Rangers about forward Petr Prucha. The Predators are looking to send a salary back to the Rangers which is why talks are at a bit of a standstill.

Milan Hejduk is off to a good start recording two points in yesterdays 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins. Hejduk (29 goals last season) still has the potential for a 37-40 goal season but some have questioned his intensity at times over the past year with talk of him already planning his retirement following the 09-10 season.
Many insiders still believe there was more to Marian Hossa turning down the Penguins offer than Hossa being set on playing for Wings head coach Mike Babcock.
Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and will miss two weeks according to the Ottawa Sun.

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