OTTAWA -- There is talk that if the Montreal Canadiens win the Marian Hossa sweepstakes, they might make a push for Chicago Blackhawks right winger Martin Havlat as well. The Blackhawks might be willing to move Havlat. The New Jersey Devils also are interested in Havlat, who was a teammate of Hossa in Ottawa.
While they're both listed as right wingers, Havlat can play on the left side and has done so with the Blackhawks this season.
It is looking more like Hossa will be traded by the Atlanta Thrashers.
OFF THE GLASS
One player rocketing up the charts among forwards for this year's NHL draft in Ottawa is Joe Colborne, 18, a 6-foot-5 centre with the Camrose Kodiaks in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. After last month's prospects game in Edmonton, 100 scouts went to see Colborne, who has committed to the University of Denver next season ... Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier sat down for a face-to-face meeting with defenceman Brian Campbell last week to try to convince the potential unrestricted free agent to re-sign in Buffalo. Campbell would like to remain with the Sabres and another offer is expected to be tabled this week, but he's not going to take anything less than he feels he deserves. After losing centres Chris Drury and Daniel Briere to free agency last summer, Regier doesn't want that to happen with Campbell. So if Campbell doesn't sign by the trade deadline, then there is a good chance he will be dealt.
AROUND THE BOARDS
Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke must be busy. The word is talks with right winger Corey Perry are progressing and he could be close to signing a contract extension. There are also whispers that Burke is working on a big deal before the deadline ... San Jose Sharks coach Ron Wilson is under the gun heading into the players. The Sharks are only 14-13-5 at home this season and there are probably some players in San Jose who wouldn't mind a change behind the bench ... The New York Rangers-Canadiens game at the Bell Centre on Tuesday should be interesting. Earlier this month, Rangers left winger Sean Avery took exception to a late hit by defenceman Mike Komisarek. "That's what (Komisarek) does," Avery said on Feb. 3. "He's big, so he doesn't skate well. He has to play physical or he won't play in this league." Insiders say some of Avery's bitterness may stem from the rumour that Komisarek is dating actress Elisha Cuthbert, who used to go out with the Rangers pest ... While all the attention in Florida has been focused on centre Olli Jokinen, sources say centre Jozef Stumpel and winger Radek Dvorak are being shopped.
RUMOURS DU JOUR
A new name has surfaced on the NHL trade market with the clock ticking toward the deadline: Los Angeles Kings centre Mike Cammalleri. Two league sources told Sun Media that Kings GM Dean Lombardi wouldn't give Cammalleri away, but is concerned about keeping him beyond next season when he makes $3.6 million ... Speaking of the Kings, Lombardi gave defenceman Rob Blake a list of 10 teams -- including the Senators, Rangers, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, Ducks, Sharks, Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings -- that have shown interest in obtaining the veteran. It's believed Blake would rather stay in the West, which means the Avs, Ducks and Sharks might have the best shot at landing him ... Keep an eye on Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Dan Boyle, who has begun contract talks with the club. There's a strong belief that Boyle is going to be a rental at the deadline. The Sharks, Rangers and Senators are considered the front-runners. The talk is the Bolts can't keep Boyle unless they're able to move centre Brad Richards and his $7.8-million salary this summer. Richards has a no-movement clause. GM Jay Feaster always has vehemently denied he would trade Richards. We'll see.