If the Hawks do trade for center Michael Nylander, Dustin Byfuglien won't be part of the deal.
"His name was never mentioned," GM Dale Tallon told the Daily Herald on Friday. "I have no idea how this started."
To get Nylander, who would bring with a $4.87 million cap hit, Tallon needs to shave about $4 million off his present payroll. Moving Sopel somewhere would account for $2.5 million.
Still can't figure out why the Hawks are so hot after Nylander. He's 36, signed through 2011 for that big cap hit and has a no-trade clause kicking in after this season.