The latest from the Ottawa Sun and Boston Globe, plus more updates on Evgeni Nabokov, Niklas Hagman and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports a big reason the Phoenix Coyotes don’t want to trade Kyle Turris is to avoid the precedent it would set, as teams don’t want to get into the habit of trading players coming off entry level contracts…The Florida Panthers were set to trade center Stephen Weiss at the start of this season but changed their minds after playing a bigger role under head coach Kevin Dineen and becoming a more important player…The Blue Jackets are working the phones and teams have shown interest in forwards Antoine Vermette and Derick Brassard, but their contracts would be tough to absorb. The Senators would be interested in bringing back Vermette but for his contract…Sources claim the Buffalo Sabres were interested in acquiring Patrick Kane but the Chicago Blackhawks aren’t moving him…Evgeni Nabokov could be the odd man out with the Islanders. Sources say he could land in Phoenix.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t say I blame the Coyotes for not wishing to set a precedent with Turris…Weiss won’t be going anywhere, but if the Panthers were to shop him, they’d have limited options as he has a full “no-movement” clause…Another reason Vermette and Brassard might be difficult to move is their respective performances this season. So, they’re on pace for the worst of their careers…Patrick Kane is going to be with the Blackhawks for a very long time…Why would the Coyotes want Nabokov? Mike Smith has been outstanding so far this season, and they’ve got a capable backup in Jason Labarbera.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont reports of rumors the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets could have interest in Bruins backup Tuukka Rask for NY Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov….Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney continues to insist he won’t be trading Kyle Turris before the December 1st deadline for the young center to be under NHL contract and remain eligible to play this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt the Bruins move Rask, as I think they still see him as an eventual replacement for Tim Thomas…The Turris trade rumors died down big time after Maloney’s statement a week ago on Hockey Night in Canada when he said “under no circumstances” would he consider trading the holdout.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline reports the ongoing injury woes of Mark Dekanich has Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson acknowledging he’s in trade talks to acquire a goaltender, with Isles goalie Evgeni Nabokov “among the possibilities, according to Portzline. Portzline also tweeted the Blue Jackets would move Derick Brassard for “the right return”, but there’s no sense anything is imminent.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reported last night Islanders GM Garth Snow said he had “nothing imminent” as far as trades go. Staples also “tweeted” Nabokov said he didn’t wish to leave the Islanders if they need him there, and hasn’t been asked by Snow to waive his NTC.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if the Isles will move Nabokov in the near future. As for the Blue Jackets, one gets the sense they could pull the trigger on a trade for a goalie at some point this week, and Brassard perhaps might be the trade bait. This could be worth keeping an eye on this week.
CALGARY SUN’s Eric Francis yesterday ‘tweeted’ the Flames had placed forward Niklas Hagman on re-entry waivers. Francis doubts he’ll be claimed.