Could Kyle Turris be an option for the Maple Leafs?…Did Drew Doughty recently meet with Kings management in Los Angeles?…An update on Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall…Eric Christensen might become trade bait for the Rangers.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox mused on the possibility of Phoenix Coyotes holdout center Kyle Turris garnering interest from Maple Leafs management if it appears Leafs center Matthew Lombardi isn’t ready to start the season. Cox suggested the asking price could be Tyler Bozak, who is under contract for two more seasons at $1.5 million per, which would make him more affordable for the cost-conscious Coyotes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cox isn’t suggesting a “Turris to Toronto” deal is in the works or that it could happen. Still, expect his column to give rise to plenty of rumors linking the Leafs to Turris. For the record, Coyotes GM Don Maloney said he won’t shop Turris’ rights. From what I’ve read and heard from Leafs fans since this article appeared, most are against the notion of swapping Bozak for Turris.
LOS ANGELES TIMES’ Helene Elliott “tweeted” last night a rumor claiming Drew Doughty was in Dean Lombardi’s office is false, as Lombardi was in Phoenix with the Kings split-squad on Tuesday and not in his office on Wednesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And Doughty, as reported yesterday, stated he’ll be staying in London, Ontario, training with the OHL Knights until his contract situation is resolved. So “bang!” goes that rumor.
DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall is in the final year of his current contract and eligible for UFA status next July, but he wants to remain a Red Wing. His agent and Wings GM Ken Holland have had brief discussions about a contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt very much Kronwall will be departing Detroit by next summer.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Andrew Gross reports on the possibility Erik Christensen could be squeezed out of a job with the Rangers because of the club’s depth at center, suggesting Christensen could become trade bait as the Rangers seek a veteran defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Christensen has been a frequent fixture in trade rumors since last season, but this year there could be more to those rumors than a year ago, depending of course on how things shake out at center for the Blueshirts during pre-season.