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Predators, Senators “Chatted” About Erik Karlsson

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As the NHL trade deadline approaches, a the trade rumor mill is heating up.

According to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, Nashville Predators general manager David Poile “chatted” with the Ottawa Sentators about a trade for defenseman Erik Karlsson.

A deal is unlikely but the fact that the two sides had a brief discussion shows that something could be worked out. In that case, Nashville could form a dangerous team if Karlsson is added to the likes of P.K Subban, Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm and Roman Josi, assuming none of the aforementioned names are sent to Ottawa in a deal.

Karlsson, a four-time All-Star and two-time Norris Trophy winner, has recorded 41 points in 54 games this season.

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Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha Out Four To Six Weeks

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The Detroit Red Wings will be without bright spot forward Anthony Mantha, who has developed impressively this season, will miss four to six weeks with a hand injury and will undergo surgery today, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Mantha injured his hand while fighting with Patrik Nemeth of the Colorado Avalanche, a game that resulted in the two-game suspension of Tyler Bertuzzi.

Mantha has picked up 14 points in 27 games this season.

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Flyers Hire Chuck Fletcher as General Manager

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The Philadelphia Flyers have announced the hiring of Chuck Fletcher as the team’s new general manager, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Fletcher, who becomes the eighth man to serve as GM in franchise history, will take over for Ron Hextall who was fired back in November.

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Devils’ Steven Santini Sent To AHL On Conditioning Loan

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The New Jersey Devils have sent defenseman Steven Santini to the AHL on a conditioning loan as the 23-year old works his way back from a broken jaw, according to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti.

Santini has played in only one game for New Jersey this season, struggling to catch on as a full-time player for the Devils, and has only played in 76 NHL games during his short career after the Devils selected him with the 42d pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

 

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