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BRUCE GARRIOCH

, Last Updated: 8:10 AM ET

Flyers feeling salary cap heat

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is going to have to do some fancy footwork once C Daniel Briere is ready to return from a groin injury that has kept him out for more than a month. While the Flyers have been able to take Briere's $6.5-million (all terms US) cap hit off the books because of his long-term injury status, they're going to have to make room once he's ready to return. The belief is the Flyers will try to shed the $2.75-million salary of D Randy Jones once Briere can return. But the indication is the Flyers are in no rush to bring Briere back because the club has been on a roll.

Shanny looking for team

Former Rangers W Brendan Shanahan will be back in the NHL this season. Though he was close to signing with the Flyers in November, the deal fell through because of Philly's money issues. Four teams in the Eastern Conference are believed to be interested in Shanahan. The betting money is that he'll sign with the Devils because he wants to be in the New York area.

Havlat on Habs' radar

Montreal GM Bob Gainey is determined to make a big splash before the NHL trade deadline. League sources confirm he has held talks with the Blackhawks about RW Martin Havlat, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Not only do the Habs want to add a scoring forward, they'd also like to upgrade their weak power play.

Spezza on thin ice

Talk will not go away that the Senators are going to deal C Jason Spezza before the March 4 deadline. If Ottawa continues to lose, Spezza's name will be tied to more and more potential deals. The word is the eight-game road trip Ottawa is on will go a long way in determining Spezza's future with the team because he has a no-movement clause that kicks in on July 1. With the salary cap expected to fall for the 2010-11 season, it might be difficult to find a team willing to take on the remainder of his seven-year, $49-million contract. The Senators have denied that they are trying to trade Spezza.


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