* Dan Rosen of NHL.com did a fantastic job of grabbing as many general managers as he could at the conclusion of Wednesday's meeting. Whether the managers actually engaged with one another during the day remains to be seen, but they did talk to Rosen.
"If there is something there that will help us now and in the future I'd probably do that, but I'm not looking for anything."
Holmgren acknowledged his team's dire playoff position and has remained consistent throughout the year that he is satisfied with the future of his young team.
[Ed. note: feel free to insert joke here]
* Holmgren also told Rosen that he has not asked forward Danny Briere to waive his no-trade clause and that he hasn't spoken to other teams about him.
* Carolina Hurricanes manager Jim Rutherford told Rosen that he is looking to acquire a depth defenseman, while Edmonton Oilers manager Steve Tambellini stated that the team might look for a rental player if they felt it could improve their chances.
* Joe Haggerty analyzes the Boston Bruins' chances of getting Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla. Stating the Iginla is the Bruins' No. 1 target, Haggerty proposes the following as a potential package for Iginla's services:
A package of (Malcolm) Subban, a roster player (Rich Peverley is the most likely candidate given his wide range of abilities) and a first round pick would be the going rate for a player of Iginla's ilk: the kind of return that would allow Calgary management to calm some of the angry masses surely be upset watching their superstar migrated across the country for a hockey club with a better chance to win.
* Katie Strang of ESPN confirmed a report from colleague Pierre LeBrun that the New York Rangers are interested in trading for San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle. Strang believes the Rangers are reluctant to trade young talent --believed to be the Sharks' asking price -- but might have another piece the team would be interested in, via ESPN:
That leaves one obvious candidate, Marian Gaborik, who has been dogged by trade rumors for weeks.
Though the 31-year-old sniper is coming off a 41-goal season, the Rangers are open to moving him. Gaborik has been inconsistent this season and he carries a hefty price tag -- a cap hit of $7.5 million for one more year after this season -- but he could add some speed to the Sharks' lineup.
* Rob Rossi writes that the Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to upgrade in basically every way imaginable (in terms of the skating group). Already believed to be looking for a top-four defenseman and a top-six forward, Rossi explains the team might also be looking to add depth to the forward group.
Long story short, if a guy is good at hockey, it sounds as though the Penguins are interested in him.
However, forward Beau Bennett will not be a piece the team looks to trade in acquiring any piece and he might be used to round out the bottom-six if a deal for a top-six forward requires pieces from the team's depth.