The NHLs Mar. 5 Trade Deadline is drawing closer and teams will be deciding on whether to buy or sell while figuring out which players can make the biggest difference and hold the greatest value. Check out todays trade-related reports and speculation from around the NHL beat. And follow TSN.ca through Deadline Day for all the updates. Miller Time TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun writes on ESPN.com that Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray is already hearing calls for his pending unrestricted free agents. "Were just starting to explore the market the last day or two," Murray said. "Ive had some calls, and most of the calls are just generalities: If I can meet your demand, would you be willing to move him? So you have teams calling, for sure, and theyre asking about different players. Every team has a different need; the same names come up, obviously, as far as the forwards go. My mandate here is to get better. I dont want a five-year rebuild, thats not what Im about. Its about getting better, and if that means trading guys and getting assets for them, then thats the way it will be." Murray is also considering all of his options with pending UFA Ryan Miller, including the possibility of re-signing him. LeBrun adds that if Miller isnt interested in staying, Murray will move him at the trade deadline. Sticking With The Tandem Michael Traikos of The National Post writes that Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis admitted that he has been received several calls regarding goaltenders Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer, but has no intentions to break them up right now. "I havent thought that too far, but could I see a scenario where both goalies were back next season? Yes," he told the paper. "Weve gone this far because of our goaltending. Jon is on a bit of a roll, but James has been really good for us. "I would never write James Reimer off." Oilers Options Jonathan Willis writes in the Edmonton Journal that while a skilled veteran forward like Ales Hemsky could be appealing to another NHL team, the Oilers have needs (size up front and blue line help) that the return on trading Hemsky trade wont address. Willis suggests a player like Jordan Eberle or Nail Yakupov – younger players with attractive contracts right now - would be more helpful. Time To Talk? Newsdays Arthur Staple writes that contract talks could begin soon between the Thomas Vaneks agent and the New York Islanders. If Vanek isnt willing to re-sign a long-term deal, Staple thinks theyll dangle him at the trade deadline. Staple adds that theres been talks between the Islanders and soon-to-be UFA blueliner Andrew MacDonald. Staple says hes seeking a contract at about $5 million per season. Custom Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys
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If he is guilty of something, then I hope justice will be served.While coach Chuck Pagano kept his team focused on this weeks challenge — the AFC title game — team officials issued a statement just before the start of practice to explain the roster move.That designation will permit the investigation provided by the leagues personal conduct policy to run its course and will afford Josh the opportunity to focus on his defence against the charges, the statement read in part.The Colts sincerely hope this extraordinarily serious matter will be resolved expeditiously and that justice will prevail.Pagano declined to say what he told his team.For the league, its yet another off-field issue.Carolina defensive lineman Greg Hardy and Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson both wound up on the commissioners exempt list this season after criminal charges were filed against them.League officials also continue to deal with the ramifications from a video that showed former Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator.The public release of the video created an outcry, and Commissioner Roger Goodell changed his two-game suspension of Rice to an indefinite suspension. The NFL developed a new personal conduct policy that owners approved in December.A neutral arbitrator also reduced Rices ban, making him eligible to play, though no team signed him.The accusations against McNary are troubling, too.According to the probable cause affidavit, which was released publicly Wednesday afternoon by the Marion County prosecutors office, a 29-year-old woman accused an unknown man of attacking her in the early morning hours of Dec. 1. The document said police tracked information from a cellphone the woman allegedly took from the mans apartment and later determined the man was McNary, a West Point graduate who has spent the ppast two seasons with the Colts.ddddddddddddThe womans name was redacted from the report.Early Thursday morning Ed Schrager, McNarys lawyer, issued a statement on behalf of his client denying the allegations. Schrager wrote that McNary had immediately reported to law enforcement officials in a respectful and peaceful manner.The report details claims that McNary and the woman engaged in a physical fight in the mans apartment, and that she had scratched his neck, face, back and shoulder. Police reported that a nurse found dried blood behind the womans ear and other injuries following a sexual assault examination.According to the report, the woman said she also believed the man slapped her on the left side of her face with his hands before the attack. And, the report said, the woman repeatedly told the man no and stop. The document said police also listened to a 2-minute voicemail from the accuser to one of her friends.At one point, the female can be heard crying and becoming emotionally distraught, the report said.Police reported that when they later showed the woman a photo lineup to identify who she left a bar with that night, the woman pointed to McNarys photo and said he looked familiar. But she could not positively identify anyone from the photos.The police wrote when they arrived at McNarys apartment to investigate, the player said: I know why youre here. The report said McNary claimed to have preserved evidence because he expected to see the police.McNarys attorney cautioned there is another side to the story.The charges and affidavit publicly disseminated on Wednesday afternoon are not evidence of wrong doing but simply one sides story, Schrager said in the statement.Joshua has full faith and confidence in the American way, including its justice system, which he pledged to protect and defend as a West Point graduate and lieutenant in the United States Army.Schrager said no other statements would be made on behalf of or by McNary.The 6-foot, 251-pound linebacker finished his career as Armys all-time leader in sacks and tackles for loss, then spent two years on active military duty before seeking an early release so he could play in the NFL.McNary signed with the Colts in April 2013 and has continued to fulfil his military obligation in the National Guard. He had 20 tackles during the regular season, but has none in the Colts two playoff wins.Indianapolis (13-5) filled McNarys spot by promoting receiver Griff Whalen from the practice squad. The Colts also signed defensive end Gannon Conway to take Whalens spot on the practice squad.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
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