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Gillis biding his time

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

IN A BIND OVER SEDINS, OHLUND

Canucks GM Mike Gillis is playing the waiting game with a trio of looming unrestricted free agents.

Contract talks with the Sedins -- LW Daniel and C Henrik -- and D Mattias Ohlund are going nowhere with the trade deadline approaching.

While Gillis wants to see how the Sedins play down the stretch and in the playoffs (if the Canucks make it) before making a decision on whether to sign the twins, the Ohlund situation is more interesting. He has a no-movement clause and will not be a rental player. That means if Gillis wants to get something in return, he'll have to allow Ohlund to talk contract because he won't go anywhere without a long-term deal.

A league executive passed along this speculation: The Sedins and Ohlund will all sign with former Canucks GM Brian Burke in Toronto this summer. Sure, why not?

PRONGER'S ON THE BLOCK

While the Ducks deny it, two league executives told Sun Media yesterday that Anaheim is trying to move D Chris Pronger to free up salary.

Sources say the Ducks are motivated to make a deal because they want to keep veteran D Scott Niedermayer, who's poised to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.

The belief is Niedermayer, who is making $6.75 million this season, is planning to return for 2009-10. Pronger is making $6.25 million and would be going into the final year of his contract.

The Ducks also wouldn't mind moving LW Chris Kunitz.

CENTRE OF HABS' ATTENTION

Canadiens GM Bob Gainey is under pressure to find a replacement for C Robert Lang, who's out for the season.

The belief is the Habs might make a pitch for either Islanders Doug Weight or Blues Keith Tkachuk.

The Blues haven't talked to the 36-year-old Tkachuk about moving him at the deadline, but they will offer him the option to go to a contender.

Gainey won't be the only one looking for help up front; the Blue Jackets are also desperate.


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