Alexei Emelin

The Hockey News:’s Francois Gagnon suggests several clubs could have interest in Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin ($4.1-million cap hit). This isn’t the first time he’s been mentioned as a trade candidate, as his name surfaced in the rumor mill leading up to the NHL trade deadline.

Edmonton Journal: David Staples is reporting the Dallas Stars are shopping goalie Kari Lehtonen. Staples feels the Edmonton Oilers shouldn’t pursue him, citing his age (32), contract (three years remaining at $5.9 million annually) and declining performance. The Oilers will likely target Cam Talbot or Robin Lehner.

The Fourth Period: Phil Kessel is getting all the trade rumor attention in Toronto right now but other Toronto Maple Leafs are getting calls about the asking price on captain Dion Phaneuf, forwards Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul, and goaltender James Reimer. The St. Louis Blues were very interested in Lupul at the NHL trade Deadline.

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