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NHL notebook: Jackets, Carter deny trade talk

The puck is dropped in a game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Columbus Blue Jackets at the MTS...

The puck is dropped in a game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Columbus Blue Jackets at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on Sept. 20, 2011. (REUTERS/Fred Greenslade)

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, Last Updated: 7:25 PM ET

Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson denied Friday that centre Jeff Carter has asked for a trade.

Asked by the Columbus Dispatch if Carter or his agent, Rick Curran, had even intimated that the player would welcome a move, Howson said: "No. Not at all.

"Look, nobody's happy right now," the GM said referring to the personnel on the last-place Jackets.

"Jeff's not happy. Rick (Nash) isn't happy. We've won three games (out of 18). Nobody's happy.

"We see Jeff as part of the solution here. We want to get him integrated into the lineup and into the team. He has missed 10 games, and he's only now getting back into the lineup and playing. We gave up two very big assets for him."

Curran and Carter also denied making a trade request, the Dispatch said.

Carter, 26, was acquired in June from the Philadelphia Flyers for Jakub Voracek, a first-round draft pick and a third-rounder.

There was a report Thursday on RDS in Quebec that Carter wanted out of Columbus.

HABS HURTING

The Montreal Canadiens defence is decimated by injuries.

Veterans Andrei Markov, Hal Gill, Jaroslav Spacek and Chris Campoli are all are expected to be sidelined for at least another week.

"Markov will not return to a game before the trip to California," coach Jacques Martin said Friday, referring to a Canadiens trip that begins Nov. 30 in Anaheim.

The Canadiens will play five games in the meantime.

Markov hasn't played this season as he recovers from right knee surgery.

Gill rejoined the team Friday after being hospitalized with an infection but is not ready to play.

Spacek, who was injured Monday, and Campoli (hamstring) skated on their own.

COURT CLEARS STARS SALE

The Dallas Stars have won court approval for their bankruptcy reorganization, clearing the way for the team to be sold for $265 million to Vancouver businessman Tom Gagliardi.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Peter Walsh approved the plan at a hearing Friday.

No other bidders came forward for the team at a court-supervised auction. The NHL has approved the sale to Gagliardi, 43, president of Northland Properties Corp. The family business owns hotels and more than 100 restaurants, as well as the Kamloops Blazers junior team in B.C.

The Stars sale is expected to be officially announced Monday.

BRIEFLY

Sidney Crosby, continuing to work his way back from concussion woes, will not play Saturday, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Friday ... Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov will be out indefinitely with a groin injury, the New York Islanders announced Friday. He was hurt when he extended his right pad to make a save Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens ... Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Erik Gustafsson will be out six weeks after surgery on his left wrist ... Jaromir Jagr has a groin injury, according to reports, but the Flyers expect him to ready to play in a few days.

 


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