Latest on Guerin, Pronger, Wings and Senators

March, 3, 2009

Bill Guerin was still in limbo late Tuesday afternoon, but apparently the deal the New York Islanders have been working on since Saturday was not yet toast.

"It's not dead," a source close to the situation said around 4 p.m. ET.

Well, either way, it will be resolved by 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, that's for sure.

•  In the meantime, Chris Pronger remained a Duck on Tuesday. A source close to the situation described things as "painfully quiet" on that front.

Again, there's no pressure on Anaheim to move him before this deadline. The Ducks can wait until the June draft to drum up more interest.

We're told that unless the Ducks get a fresh offer that meets their demands, they won't deal Pronger.

• The Detroit Red Wings, traditionally deadline-day hunters, were still mysteriously quiet Tuesday.

The Wings don't have a lot of cap space, and we're told they're not in the mood to give up many of their young assets at this point. But we wouldn't be surprised if they were to add a depth player up front.

• The Philadelphia Flyers were still charging hard in their pursuit of Jay Bouwmeester from Florida. We're still not convinced the Panthers will deal the pending unrestricted free agent, but maybe the Flyers will knock Florida's socks off. And we still believe the Vancouver Canucks are interested in Bouwmeester, as well.

• As for Ottawa, we're told Sens GM Bryan Murray had talks with the agents for both defenseman Filip Kuba and rugged winger Chris Neil on Tuesday. Ottawa was waiting to hear back from the Kuba camp after making its latest offer. The Neil talks aren't going well, and unless there's a dramatic change Wednesday, he could be on his way out.

We told you earlier about Ottawa's possible interest in Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire. That remains on the radar but might not come to fruition before Wednesday's deadline. The Sens also continue to take phone calls on pesky winger Jarkko Ruutu but, again, feel no need to move him unless it makes sense.

Pierre LeBrun

ESPN Senior Writer



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