NAPLES, FLA. -- The latest from the hallways of the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort as the NHL's 30 GMs gather:
- The Thrashers are trying to decide what to do with RW Marian Hossa. GM Don Waddell is getting plenty of calls about Hossa, a potential UFA. The asking price is a player, prospect and No. 1 pick. The talk is the Habs are willing to include W Christopher Higgins as part of a package. Sources say Senators GM Bryan Murray is offering up W Antoine Vermette, while the Sharks might move W Jonathan Cheechoo. Waddell is weighing his options.
- The Flyers are making a big pitch for Toronto D Tomas Kaberle. GM Cliff Fletcher insists he hasn't asked any Leaf with a no-trade clause to waive it. The Flyers, sources say, would have to give up C Jeff Carter as part of any package for the 29-year-old blueliner. Kaberle's agent, Rick Curran, maintains his client isn't going anywhere. "All you need to know is that Tomas made a decision a couple of weeks ago that he wants to stay in Toronto," said Curran.
- The Bruins, Rangers, Senators, Ducks, Sharks and Flyers have all made a pitch for Buffalo D Brian Campbell, who is expected to get a long-term contract from the Sabres in the next couple of days.
- Lightning GM Jay Feaster is trying to move C Brad Richards, who has a no-trade clause. Feaster would like to keep potential UFA D Dan Boyle, but can't unless he deals Richards, who is making $7.8 million US a season. Boyle could be headed to the Sharks, Rangers or Senators.
- Los Angeles D Rob Blake has been taken off the market. He has told the Kings he'd like to remain with the organization and won't waive his no-trade clause.
- Devils D Karel Rachunek is about to be dealt. He was a healthy scratch yesterday vs. the Hurricanes. The chatter is he could be sent to Chicago for C Robert Lang.