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Latest rumblings: Bryan McCabe, Craig Rivet, Brad Boyes, more

3/24/2011

Now that the Florida Panthers shipped veteran winger Cory Stillman to the Carolina Hurricanes, will Bryan McCabe be next?

The veteran defenseman, one of the bigger rental names left on the market, has a no-movement clause and was still pondering his future Thursday.

"There's lots of things for him to consider, including staying in Florida and completing the season there and then deciding what their next steps are [in the summer]," McCabe's agent, Ian Pulver, told ESPN.com on Thursday. "Or he can waive [the clause] to a team where he feels comfortable to finish the season off and possibly laying down roots in the future. So right now that's what he's considering."

McCabe is earning $4.15 million this season, but the cap hit this year is $5.75 million. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. The New York Rangers are still believed to be the front-runners if the price is right and McCabe wants to waive.

Another Panthers UFA-to-be who could be on the move is goalie Tomas Vokoun, who also has a no-trade clause.

Elsewhere Thursday:

• Craig Rivet, a UFA-to-be July 1, is likely to be put on re-entry waivers Friday by the Buffalo Sabres; there, a team can claim him for half the prorated price of his $3.5 million salary. A few teams (that I can't name) tell me they're now considering claiming him.

"I think there's a pretty good chance I'll be picked up once I'm on re-entry," Rivet told ESPN.com on Thursday. "That's what I wanted. It puts me in a situation where at least I can keep playing."

Rivet deserves credit for not making waves this season despite falling out of favor and getting scratched.

"It's been a very tough season," Rivet said. "There's been a lot of times where I've been scratching my head wondering why I'm in this situation. I feel that I still have lots of hockey left in me. I feel I can still help a team out. I tried to deal with it the proper way, and they've been great with me, allowing me at least to try and get another shot with another team."

• In Nashville, the Predators suddenly have to look to make another move. Center Marcel Goc has been lost for the season to a shoulder injury. This team already is missing centers Matthew Lombardi (concussion) and Cal O'Reilly (broken fibula). Defenseman Francis Bouillon is also out with a concussion.

"The injury bug hasn't been good to us, but it also hasn't been fair to other teams, either," Preds GM David Poile told ESPN.com on Thursday evening. "I'm calling on all fronts just to see what's available and whether there's something that fits."

Good thing he acquired Mike Fisher earlier this month; otherwise, the Preds would really be in a jam.

• One player still on the block in St. Louis is Brad Boyes, a source told us. The winger has one more year on his deal, which will pay him $4 million next season. The Blues aren't going to give him away, but he's available for the right price.

• A source told me Chuck Kobasew was on the block. He's a $2.33 million cap hit this season and a UFA-to-be July 1.

• Eyebrows were raised Thursday when Colorado's Paul Stastny and John-Michael Liles skipped practice, but a team spokesman told ESPN.com they both had "maintenance days."

Liles, who has another year on his deal at $4.55 million ($4.2 million cap hit), is more likely to move than Stastny.

• Funny how a hot streak can turn a seller into a buyer. Riding a 7-2-1 streak and sitting four points out of a playoff spot in the West, the red-hot Columbus Blue Jackets are now certainly buyers.

"We'd be reluctant to take anything away from our team unless it was really significant," Jackets GM Scott Howson told ESPN.com. "We're trying to add right now."

Add what?

"Another depth defenseman, or a center or a forward -- we're looking at everything except goaltending," Howson said.