Found February 27, 2012 on The Rangers Tribune:

Things continue to move slowly here on trade deadline morning in the NHL, but I do have some news to share with you as we wait for the rumor mill to heat up. 

First, I mentioned Buffalo Sabres center Paul Gaustad's name in my previous post today that discussed possible additions the New York Rangers may have interest in making before 3 p.m. I noticed that the New York Post also confirmed that GM Glen Sather definitely has his eye on the role-playing forward, but the rumor out there is that Buffalo is seeking a first-round pick for Gaustad's services, which is a ridiculously blown-up asking price. Gaustad could be a solid depth addition, but he has no career playoff goals nor is he some sort of profound offensive force. 

While the Rangers do have a first-round pick to offer, it's not going to be headed Buffalo's way for Gaustad. Sather won't be giving in to those wants for a depth forward. That price, though, could definitely lower as the day goes on. 

Secondly, I also briefly spoke about the Blueshirts wanting to add depth to their blue-line as well. Katie Strang of ESPN said via Twitter that Johnny Oduya of the Winnipeg Jets is someone New York may be hot for. Oduya has 2 goals and 11 assists for the Jets this season, but he is a strong shutdown guy that could certainly fit well into John Tortorella's system. The 30-year-old veteran carries a $3.5 million cap hit but becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. 

With the Jets currently sitting in the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, will they be willing to let go of a top-four defenseman? We shall see.

And, as I mentioned earlier, some other names to continue to keep an eye on: Sheldon Souray (DAL), Mike Knuble (WAS)

Stay tuned.....


Gaustad fills specific need for Preds

Faceoffs are important in the playoffs in crunch time. Just ask the Anaheim Ducks. If Mike Fisher doesn’t win a certain faceoff late in Game 5 of the first round last year, with the series tied and the Predators trailing in the game, 3-2, Barry Trotz’s club may still be searching for their first playoff series win in franchise history.Fisher won the faceoff. Seconds later...

TRADE: Preds acquire Paul Gaustad from Sabres…

In exchange for a first round pick, Kevin Allen of USA Today is reporting that the Nashville Predators have acquired Paul Gaustad from the Buffalo Sabres. General Manager David Poile no longer has a pick in the first two rounds of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Gaustad is known as a solid face-off guy (who they just lost by shipping Jerred Smithson to the Florida Panthers last week)...

Report: Predators acquire Gaustad

A person familiar with the deal says the Nashville Predators have acquired center Paul Gaustad in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres. USA Today and TSN first reported the trade, which was reached shortly before Monday's NHL trade deadline. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been officially announced. Specific details of...

Press Release: Preds acquire Paul Gaustad

The following is a press release from the Predators...Nashville, Tenn. (February 27, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired forward Paul Gaustad and a fourth-round pick in the 2013 Entry Draft from Buffalo for a first-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft.Gaustad, 30 (2/3/82), has 17 points...

Press release: Predators acquire Gaustad from Buffalo

Nashville, Tenn. (February 27, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired forward Paul Gaustad and a fourth-round pick in the 2013 Entry Draft from Buffalo for a first-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft. Gaustad, 30 (2/3/82), has 17 points (7g-10a) and 70 penalty minutes in 56 games for the Sabres...

BREAKING NEWS: Nashville Predators Acquire Paul Gaustad and 4th Round Pick

David Poile is on a roll today, now acquiring the services of Paul Gaustad from the Buffalo Sabres and a 4th Round Pick for the 2012 1st Round Pick of the Nashville Predators. Guastad, native of Fargo, North Dakota, has played his last 6 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres since being drafted back in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. A face-off specialist who should easily take the spot of...

Report: Flyers Interested In Paul Gaustad

According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, the Flyers are interested in Buffalo's Paul Gaustad. Garrioch points out that the price would have to be lower than it currently is.

Drew Stafford's goalie not happy with the Gaustad trade

   I couldn't resist... This story caught my eye. This story involves the teammate of Former Fighting Sioux forward Drew Stafford; apparently his all-world goalie Ryan Miller isn't happy with the team trading away Paul Gaustad. I have also noticed this season that Ryan Miller has become a bit of a complainer. Hockey is a business and sometimes teams trade players to get...

Preds get Gaustad from Sabres for first-rounder

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Nashville Predators have acquired forward Paul Gaustad and a fourth-round pick in the 2013 draft from Buffalo for a first-round pick in the 2012 draft.

Ryan Miller: 'Not really happy' after Paul Gaustad trade

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REACTION FROM NASHVILLE (by Former Preds fourth line center Jerred Smithson was dealt to the Florida Panthers last week because, quite frankly, he had been passed up by younger guys with higher offensive upside. The removal of Smithson from the lineup, however, meant that there was a serious need for a face-off specialist and a solid penalty killer. Enter Paul Gaustad...

Wings Done - Everyone Else Improved

It appears our day is over and the Wings pretty much stood pat.  However, just as I sort of feared, each of our opposition tuned up for the playoffs.   Nashville especially.  Let's take a look at what each of our enemies got, after the break:  Nashville:  Not only did they pick up Andrei Kostitsyn, but they also picked up the guy that many Detroit fans wanted: Gaustad...

It’s time for your Preds and Kings LEFTGOVERS…

LEFTOVER THOUGHTS: * The two players that the Predators traded for on Monday were not able to meet the team in Nashville in time for the game. * Andrei Kostitsyn and Paul Gaustad will make their Pred debuts tonight in Carolina. * Predators defenseman Kevin Klein was scratched with an upper-body injury. * Jack Hillen was in the lineup for he first time in seven games last...
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