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Ice Chips: Wennberg sits again as trade speculation swirls

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Seattle Kraken 

Seattle Kraken forward Alex Wennberg will sit his second straight game for trade-related reasons as Friday's deadline nears, reports TSN's Chris Johnston. 

Wennberg previously sat out the Kraken's game against the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

Wennberg is a pending unrestricted free agent, carrying a cap hit of $4.5 million on his expiring deal. 

The 29-year-old centre has nine goals and 25 points in 60 games this season. The Stockholm, Sweden native had 13 goals and 38 points in 82 games last season, adding two goals and seven points in 14 playoff games with Seattle. 

Selected 14th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2013 draft, Wennberg has 90 goals and 330 points in 693 games with Columbus, the Florida Panthers and Kraken. 

Winnipeg Jets

Forward Gabriel Vilardi will not play against the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday due to an upper-body injury, according to head coach Rick Bowness.

Vilardi, 24, last appeared in the Jets' 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Feb. 29, where he had 10:31 of ice time.

The 6-foot-3 forward missed the last two games with the injury and will be re-evaluated prior to Friday's game against the Kraken.

Vilardi has 16 goals and 30 points in 38 games this season.

Defenceman Nate Schmidt will also not be available to the Jets on Tuesday while he is battling the flu.

The 6-foot defenceman has a goal and 10 points in 52 games this season while averaging 16:43 of ice time.

The Jets used these lines during Tuesday's morning skate prior to their game against the Kraken, according to TSN's John Lu:

Connor - Scheifele - Namestnikov
Ehlers - Monahan - Iafallo
Niederreiter - Lowry - Appleton
Barron - Gustafsson - Perfetti

Morrissey - DeMelo
Dillon - Pionk
Samberg - Stanley


Scratches: Kupari, Vilardi, Schmidt

Toronto Maple Leafs

Defenceman Conor Timmins participated in Maple Leafs' practice on Tuesday after missing 15 games with mononucleosis.

The 25-year-old defenceman last played during the 1-0 overtime victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 24, prior to the All-Star break.

Timmins has a goal and six points in 16 games this season.

Centre David Kampf did not participate during Tuesday's practice due to an illness.

Kampf, 29, had 10:48 of ice time during the Maple Leafs' 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Monday.

The 6-foot-2 centre has five goals and 11 points in 57 games this season.

The Maple Leafs used these lines during Tuesday's practice, according to TSN's Mark Masters:

Knies - Matthews - Marner
Bertuzzi - Domi - Nylander
McMann - Tavares - Jarnkrok
Gregor - Holmberg - Reaves

Rielly - Lyubushkin
Brodie - Liljegren
Benoit - McCabe
Lagesson - Timmins


Ottawa Senators

The Senators recalled forward Rourke Chartier from the AHL's Belleville Senators on Tuesday.

Chartier, 27, has appeared in 34 games in Ottawa this season, recording two goals and three points.

He also has seven goals and 10 points in 12 games in the AHL this season.

Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers used these pairings in their morning skate prior to their game against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, according to team reporter Tony Brar:

Draisaitl - McDavid - Hyman
Kane - Nugent-Hopkins - Janmark
Foegele - McLeod - Perry
Brown - Holloway - Ryan

Ekholm - Bouchard
Nurse - Desharnais
Kulak - Ceci


Pittsburgh Penguins

Forward Noel Acciari will not be in the Penguins' lineup on Tuesday when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets, according to head coach Mike Sullivan.

Acciari, 32, had 15:09 of ice time during the Penguins' 6-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.

The 5-foot-10 centre was signed to a three-year, $6 million deal as an unrestricted free agent in the off-season and has three goals and five points in 45 games this season.

Additionally, forward Jansen Harkins will be a game-time decision against the Blue Jackets.

The 6-foot-2 centre left Sunday's game with an upper-body injury but participated in the morning skate.

Harkins has four assists in 42 games this season.

Tristan Jarry is expected to be in net against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

Jarry has lost his last two starts and has a 17-19-4 record this season with a .910 save percentage and 2.60 goals-against average.

New York Rangers

The Rangers assigned forward Alex Belzile to the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack on Tuesday.

Belzile, 32, has yet to play a game with the Rangers this season after signing a two-year, $1.55 million deal in the off-season.

He has 14 goals and 37 points in 43 games with the Wolf Pack this season.

New York Islanders

The Islanders placed defenceman Scott Mayfield on long-term injured reserve on Tuesday with a lower-body injury.

Mayfield, 31, last appeared on Feb. 22 during a 4-0 shutout loss to the St. Louis Blues.

The 6-foot-5 defenceman has five assists in 41 games this season.

The Islanders have also activated forward Hudson Fasching from the injured reserve list.

Fasching, 28, missed the team's last 12 games with an undisclosed illness.

He has three goals and eight points in 35 games this season.

New Jersey Devils

The Devils will not have forward Ondrej Palat available to them when they take on the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, according to team reporter Amanda Stein.

Palat, 32, will be out with a lower-body injury. He last appeared during the Devils' 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday and had 15:10 of ice time.

The 6-foot winger has nine goals and 24 points in 51 games this season.