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NHL Rumors: Leafs, Blackhawks, Blues

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The Fourth Period: The Toronto Maple Leafs are still looking to make some off-season moves. The team would like to trade Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak. Several teams have expressed some level of interest in Lupul and Bozak, and talks remain ongoing, though nothing is believed to be imminent. The LA Kings have interest in Dion Phaneuf, but the Leafs are leaning towards keeping him.

The Hockey News: The Chicago Blackhawks are still looking to clear salary after the Patrick Sharp trade. GM Stan Bowman must make another salary-dumping deal to free up sufficient room for Marcus Kruger and either Johnny Oduya, or an affordable seventh defenseman. Left winger Bryan Bickell ($4-million average cap hit) and Kris Versteeg ($2.2 million) remain possible trade candidates.

Thescore.com: Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen has been working the phones trying to beef up the Blue Jackets’ blue line. He has made three attempts to acquire a top-flight defenseman so far this summer, but to no avail. The Blue Jackets were in on trade talks concerning Dougie Hamilton before Boston sent him to (the Calgary Flames), and they’ve contacted the St. Louis Blues about Kevin Shattenkirk.

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