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Sens’ Erik Karlsson Not Worried About Trade Talk

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Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson may hear his name mentioned in the trade rumors, but it certainly isn’t effecting him on the ice.

Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion stated that while the team plans to keep the two-time Norris Trophy winner for life, they would be listening to trade offers, according to the Ottawa Citizen.

Dorion even went as far as to point out even Wayne Gretzky was traded in his prime.

“This isn’t close to that,” Karlsson said of the comparison, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun. “I don’t know why that parallel is being drawn.”

“This isn’t something I can control. I’m going to do the job I’ve done,” Karlsson said, according to Garrioch. “I’m going to do the best I can to help this team. When the time comes to make a decision, I will make one.”

 

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Lightning Shopping Slater Koekkoek

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are shopping defenseman, and former first round pick, Slater Koekkoek, according to SportsNet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Tampa Bay is now motivated to trade away their once prized prospect, who is currently playing with the Syracuse Crunch on a conditioning stint.

Koekkoek is waiver eligible and will become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights in the summer of 2019.

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Blue Jackets’ Sergei Bobrovsky Will Not Dress Due To Team Incident

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that veteran goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will not dress for tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators due to what is being described as an “incident”.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen stated the following:

“There are certain expectations and values that we have established for our players that define our culture. An incident occurred in which Sergei failed to meet those expectations and values, so we made the decision that he would not be with the team for tonight’s game. This is an internal matter and we will have no further comment at this time.”

In corresponding moves, the Blue Jackets has recalled Jean-Francois Berube, and placed both Brandon Dubinsky and Markus Hannikainen on injured reserve.

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Leafs’ Frederik Andersen Targeting Saturday Return

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ goaltender Frederik Andersen said that he is eyeing the team’s upcoming game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday to make his return to the ice.

Andersen was placed on injured reserve on January 3rd, retroactive to December 23rd, and hasn’t played since December 22nd.

Despite his goal of a Saturday return, Maple Leafs’ head coach Mike Babcock is looking towards Monday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche as the best time for his return.

Babcock pours a little cold water on Andersen’s reveal, saying it might be Monday vs. Colorado. Hmmm…— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) January 9, 2019

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