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11/4/2006 2:23:53 AM

GM Meetings are just around the corner, so the dealing could get started soon. Interest is picking up in Nabokov, Alfie's staying put say the Sens and the Rangers and Blackhawks are supposedly talking trade. Hot n' Not, Farm Report, Junior Report, Varsity Report and the best in quotes, Chirping, in this week's edition of TSN.ca's Backchecking.

AROUND THE RINKS - The Arizona Republic says that the Coyotes have interest in Sharks G Evgeni Nabokov. The paper had Phoenix D Nick Boynton, presumably as part of a package, heading to San Jose. Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky denied the rumour, saying that the Coyotes don't have $5-million to play with under the cap. However, if a deal included Boynton and C Dave Scatchard, the Coyotes would be offering similar salaries in return.

- According to the Boston Globe, the Bruins are snooping around Nabokov as well though the paper notes that, because both teams are close to the cap, the deal would have to include comparable salaries. Nabokov's cap hit is $5.375-million. Nabokov does have a no-trade deal, but with the emergence of Vesa Toskala as a number one goaltender, Nabokov may be inclined to waive it for the right (read: starting) situation. The popular rumour has been Glen Murray to the Sharks, re-uniting him with Joe Thornton, and a Murray-Tim Thomas offering would be in the $5.3-million range too.

- Rumours started on Montreal radio that the Senators may deal captain Daniel Alfredsson, oddly enough, to the Kings. The suggestion was that the rebuilding Kings would go after the 33 year-old winger, in exchange for 35 year-old C Craig Conroy (and presumably something more). Senators GM John Muckler denied the speculation and the Ottawa Sun insists that the Kings are looking for a defenceman in exchange for Conroy.

- Reports are differing in New York, with the Post suggesting that trade talks between the Rangers and Blackhawks are heating up, with names like Jassen Cullimore and Petr Prucha involved. Obviously, the Blackhawks would have to include more than a depth defenceman in exchange for Prucha, so the Post wonders about Blackhawks D Brent Seabrook instead. To balance out the salaries, the Rangers could send either Darius Kasparaitis or Marek Malik to Chicago, according to several reports. Contradicting the Post, and several Chicago papers, the New York Daily News insists no deals are imminent between the two teams.

- According to the Ottawa Sun, the Vancouver Canucks have shown interest in Senators defencemen Anton Volchenkov and Christoph Schubert. Canucks GM Dave Nonis denied, in the Vancouver Province, there were any talks with Senators GM John Muckler.

- The Philadelphia Inquirer expects the Flyers to make a deal for a mobile defenceman after sending D Lars Jonsson down to the AHL. Calgary's Roman Hamrlik was one suggestion.

- With Mike Knuble out, rookie Stefan Ruzicka has moved onto the top line with Peter Forsberg and Simon Gagne in Philadelphia.

- The Arlington Heights Daily Herald Times reports that the struggling Flyers, looking to make a shake-up deal, have dangled LW Simon Gagne in trade talks. The Philadelphia Inquirer denied such talks.

- The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Panthers have given permission to 6-foot-6 D Alexei Semenov to seek a trade. The 25 year-old has 16 points and a minus-3 rating in 119 career NHL games and has become disillusioned in the minors.

- Even though Ducks RW Corey Perry has 10 points in 13 games, leading the team's forwards in scoring, he's right near the bottom in ice time with only 10:43 per game. Only enforcer Todd Fedoruk, and his replacement Shawn Thornton, average less ice time for Anaheim.

- With Niclas Havelid in Sweden, tending to his ailing mother, Steve McCarthy and Greg de Vries are getting the blueline power play minutes in Atlanta.

- Despite receiving more than 24 minutes of ice time per game, Bruins D Paul Mara has been slow to acclimate to his new team, registering just one point and a minus-6 rating in ten games. Look for rookie Matt Lashoff to push for more quality ice in Beantown.

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HOT

Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Pittsburgh (5-0, 2.54 GAA, .918 SVPCT in last five games)
Tomas Kaberle, D, Toronto (5-4-9, plus-5 in last four games)
Andrei Markov, D, Montreal (2-6-8, plus-4 in last six games)
Jason Blake, LW, New York Islanders (5-3-8, plus-1 in last six games)
Tomas Holmstrom, LW, Detroit (3-3-6, plus-4 in last four games)
Doug Weight, C, St. Louis (0-9-9, plus-4 in last five games)

NOT

Kari Lehtonen, G, Atlanta (1-2, 4.50 GAA, .831 SVPCT in last three games)
Duncan Keith, D, Chicago (0-0-0, minus-8 in last six games)
Derek Morris, D, Phoenix (0-0-0, minus-6 in last five games)
Daniel Alfredsson, RW, Ottawa (0-0-0, minus-4 in last four games)
Kyle Wellwood, RW, Toronto (0-1-1, minus-4 in last six games)
Mike Richards, C, Philadelphia (0-1-1, minus-9 in last six games)

FARM REPORT

Norm Milley, RW, Springfield Falcons - 26 year-old veteran has been up-and-down over the last few years and his results in the AHL this year (13 points in eight games) surely make him a viable call-up once again should the Lightning need forward depth.

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JUNIOR REPORT

Cam Fergus, RW, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles - The 20 year-old undrafted forward is actually from Brantford, Ontario and started his junior career rather inauspiciously (five points in 29 games) with Kitchener in the OHL. Fergus has been better since joining the Q in 2003-2004, and a 20-game point streak moved him up to third in the league with 38 points in 21 games.

Tom Pyatt, LW, Saginaw Spirit - A fourth-round pick of the Rangers in 2005, Pyatt is off to a fine start in his fourth junior season, tied for the OHL lead with 15 goals in 16 games. The younger brother of Vancouver Canucks winger Taylor Pyatt, Tom is not as physically-imposing as his older brother, but he is a strong skater with an improving offensive game.

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VARSITY REPORT

Jay Barriball, LW, Minnesota Golden Gophers - Picked in the 7th round by the Sharks in 2006, Barriball is only 5-foot-7, 155 pounds, but he's making a big difference in Minnesota right off the bat. The freshman scorer has put up 11 points, including six goals, in his first seven games.

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CHIRPING

"I think Shea is just as good as (Phaneuf). When you get put in more situations, you start proving who you are. Shea is definitely the real deal." - Predators D Ryan Suter is a fan of teammate Shea Weber

"I've never played in a division that was this good. You know, San Jose and Dallas, you know, off to a great start as well as us. And then L.A. works very hard and they're a young team. They work really hard every time we play them. And then Phoenix may be off to a slow start, but they made some great additions this summer. So I'm sure at some point they're going to pick it up and be tough to beat." - Ducks G Jean-Sebastien Giguere

"This team has always been on the right side of confidence, especially after winning our first 10 games." - Sabres LW Ales Kotalik

"We finally showed some emotion in the third period. Quite frankly, it's about time." - Flyers coach John Stevens

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