Paul Gaustad

Is Paul Gaustad the forward Detroit covets? Reports are conflicting

While the Detroit Red Wings don’t figure to be highly active on deadline day, they are looking for some forward depth help. One name that they’re linked to is Buffalo’s Paul Gaustad.

Kevin Allen of USA Today reports that the Wings will not be in on any trade talks for the big Sabres center today. Meanwhile, Jesse Spector of The Sporting News says that the Wings and Sabres are in talks to send Gaustad to Detroit. Welcome to the silly season, everyone.

If the demands for Gaustad are too high, Detroit’s interests may be turned to that of Columbus forward Samuel Pahlsson. The Blue Jackets were reported earlier this morning as having a host of teams inquiring about the veteran forward. Be it Pahlsson or Gaustad, it appears the Wings are aiming for a center with faceoff winning abilities and defensive skills. Pahlsson and Gaustad are both free agents at the end of this season.

Memorial Cup champion goalie Appleby signs with Devils

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Ken Appleby never got drafted, but his efforts during the New Jersey Devils’ training camp have earned him an entry-level contract, per the Bergen Record.

Although no team saw it fit to take him before the preseason, the 20-year-old is coming off of a very strong season. He had a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage in 50 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He went on to lead them to a Memorial Cup championship and earned the the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s top goalie.

Appleby is the fifth goaltender the Devils have under contract after Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, and Yann Danis. He’ll likely begin the season in the ECHL.

Alexandre Goulet and Jacob Sweeney also participated in the Devils’ training camp on an amateur tryout basis, but both of them have been released.

PHT Morning Skate: NHL stars weigh in on McDavid

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)

While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)

Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)

The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (