Sportsnet: The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to try and re-sign d-man Cody Franson. If they can’t before the NHL Trade Deadline, he will be traded and the Detroit Red Wings are interested. Elliotte Friedman believes a swap of Dion Phaneuf for Mike Richards makes sense for the Maple Leafs and LA Kings.
TSN: Bob McKenzie speculates the Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers could be suitors for Arizona’s Antoine Vermette.
Ottawa Citizen: Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray has received calls from rival GMs interested in long-time Senators Chris Phillips and Chris Neil, as well as pending UFA blueliner Marc Methot.
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