Halak drawing trade interest for Isles

Jaroslav Halak’s strong play since being sent to the AHL has reportedly generated trade interest ahead of tomorrow’s deadline.

According to TSN’s Frank Seravalli, the New York Islanders have received two offers for Halak, and a third may be forthcoming.

Halak, 31, is 14-2-1 with a .933 save percentage for Bridgeport. He’s signed through next season for a cap hit of $4.5 million, so the Isles would likely have to eat some salary to facilitate a deal.

Vancouver’s Ryan Miller is another netminder who could be on the move today or tomorrow. The 36-year-old is a pending unrestricted free agent with a cap hit of $6 million.

Miller has a no-trade clause that allows him to be sent to only five teams. However, he told reporters that he’d be willing to listen if the Canucks presented him with an option that wasn’t on his list.

Hurricanes send Stalberg to Ottawa for pick


The day after prying Alex Burrows out of Vancouver, the Ottawa Senators have added another veteran winger in a trade.

Viktor Stalberg is on his way to the Sens from Carolina. A pending unrestricted free agent, the speedy 31-year-old has nine goals and three assists in 57 games this season.

In return, the Hurricanes will receive a third-round draft pick in 2017.

Like Burrows, Stalberg brings plenty of postseason experience, having appeared in 43 playoff games for the Blackhawks, Predators, and Rangers.

Related: The Sens are ‘ecstatic’ to add Burrows

Peters won’t face charges in youth hockey brawl


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Former Buffalo Sabres player Andrew Peters won’t face charges following an on-ice brawl involving the youth hockey team he coaches.

The Erie County district attorney’s office and Buffalo police began looking into the Saturday fight after video appeared to show Peters reaching across the Buffalo Junior Sabres’ bench and shoving to the ice a player from the Hamilton, Ontario, team.

District Attorney John Flynn said Tuesday the parents of the teenage player don’t want to pursue criminal charges against Peters, so his office won’t take legal action.

Read more: Peters admits he did ‘not do a good job this weekend’

The 36-year-old Peters was suspended from coaching Buffalo’s 15-and-under team. Neither the Buffalo Junior Sabres nor Peters has responded to requests for comment.

Rangers get Brendan Smith from Detroit


With Kevin Klein still dealing with back spasms and Dan Girardi expected to miss a couple of weeks with an ankle injury, the New York Rangers are reportedly in the process of acquiring defenseman Brendan Smith in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie says the return to the Wings will be a second-round draft pick in 2018 and a third-round pick in 2017.

Update: The deal is official.

Smith, 28, is a pending unrestricted free agent. A left shot who can play the right side, he has two goals and three assists in 33 games this season while averaging 18:44 of ice time.

He had hoped to re-sign with the Wings.

“Do I want to go to free agency? I would rather have a contract, to be honest,” Smith said Monday, per NHL.com. “I would like to know where I am because I think becoming a free agent is the unknown and that can kind of be scary at the same time.

“All I know is that I would like to have a good contract with the Wings and be around. We’re kind of starting to go through that process. If that works out, or whether [GM Ken Holland] is maybe looking to move myself or somebody else, we’ll just have to wait and see.”

The Rangers recalled defenseman Steven Kampfer from the AHL this morning. Kampfer will play tonight against Washington, slotting in behind Nick Holden and Adam Clendening on the right side.

With Blues in ‘precarious playoff spot,’ it was time for Shattenkirk to go

If the St. Louis Blues were enjoying another season like they enjoyed last year, they wouldn’t have traded Kevin Shattenkirk.

But in the words of GM Doug Armstrong, the Blues are currently “in a precarious playoff spot,” so yesterday Shattenkirk was dealt to Washington for a haul that included a first-round draft pick in 2017 and 22-year-old forward Zach Sanford.

“It just felt that where we are and where we need to go, it was time to make a move,” Armstrong said.

“I think when we got through last year’s playoffs, knowing that we were going to be entering unrestricted free agency with a number of players over a two- or three-year span, we wanted to turn the tide over to a different core group of players, and this just continues down that path.”

Armstrong listed Alex Pietrangelo, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz, Colton Parayko, and Robby Fabbri as parts of the new core.

“There’s change in this game,” said Armstrong. “All organizations go through it.”

The Blues enter tonight’s game against the Oilers just two points clear of the Kings for the second wild-card spot in the West.