* With star defenseman Erik Karlsson done for the season after suffering a lacerated Achilles tendon on Wednesday night, Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray has made it abundantly clear that he is working the phones to improve his team.
The issue Murray is facing is that teams are looking for top prospects and draft picks, which are assets he is not looking to give up for a short-term fix, via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:
"I don't really want to give up the best young prospects in my organization to get a short-term guy here. We're going to try to live with what we can for the time being. If there's something out there ... I've got a lot of sympathetic general managers I know and I hope will be calling.
According to Michael Russo, Shero is looking to add a top-six forward. Russo has reported that Minnesota forward Devin Setoguchi is on the trading block.
With Charlie Coyle reassigned to the American Hockey League and forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard reinserted into the lineup, Russo believes the Wild and Penguins could be in discussions on a deal, via The Star Tribune:
Adding more intrigue to the Wild's decision on Coyle was the presence of Pittsburgh General Manager Ray Shero at Thursday's game to scout. The Penguins are actively looking for a top-six winger and could have their eyes on Bouchard or Devin Setoguchi.
* On the other side of the rink, the Avalanche are still dealing with the ongoing situation with restricted free agent Ryan O'Reilly. It seems like a foregone conclusion that O'Reilly has played his final game in an Avalanche sweater, and Adrian Dater believes this situation won't have a speedy conclusion, via The Denver Post:
O'Reilly almost certainly will be traded, but I wouldn't count on a deal happening quickly. I believe, through my reporting, that the Avs are really going to take their time on this. They know they have to "win" this trade and will not make a panicky firesale move - especially with, let's face it, the season already looking lost with all the injuries. I would not be at all surprised if this thing drags into the summer or beyond even.
* The Columbus Blue Jackets could have some serious changes on the horizon.
With the hiring of new general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, every component of the organization will be evaluated. While this doesn't mean any moves are imminent, it does mean that Kekalaninen and president of hockey operations John Davidson will be making decisions about what they want to do, via The Columbus Dispatch:
"We're going to seriously look at this thing with an open mind and get everyone involved," Davidson said. "We're talking lots of long days and nights talking about the players we have here, in the minors, our prospects ... really get a lay of the land with our club."