Updates on Kyle Turris, Rene Bourque, Jonathan Bernier, Dustin Penner and more.
SLAM! HOCKEY: Bruce Garrioch reports the opinion around the league is Kyle Turris and his agent Kurt Overhardt have misplayed their situation by staging a holdout and making a trade request, while no one is blaming Coyotes GM Don Maloney for maintaining his “no-trade” stance. Overhardt apparently remains hopeful Turris will get an offer sheet in the $4 million range or a trade from Maloney but the chances of those happening appear slim to none…Garrioch also suggests Montreal Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier could be next out the door, and listed former GM Bob Gainey or Lightning assistant GM Julien Brisebois as two names to watch as possible replacements…Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli wouldn’t mind adding scoring help at forward but “doesn’t have a whole lot of cash to play with at the moment”…The Blue Jackets are fielding calls for Derick Brassard and Kris Russell…Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman tried to acquired LA Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier during the June entry draft, and there’s talk the Kings might try to move him at some point. Yzerman has concerns over the performance of aging starter Dwayne Roloson and could look at bolstering his goaltending before the trade deadline…Flames GM Jay Feaster is working the phones, but he’s offering players (Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, David Moss) other teams have little interest in. Rene Bourque is an attractive trade chip, though he does have a lot of money remaining on his contract…The LA Kings are looking to move winger Dustin Penner, who has one year and $4.25 million remaining on his contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t believe Turris will be dealt, but that won’t put the trade rumors to rest…The Canadiens have won three straight games since Gauthier fired assistant coach Perry Pearn. If they have a better performance in November, Gauthier won’t be going anywhere…Chiarelli has over $3.1 million in available cap space, n0t counting the LTIR relief they get from Marc Savard’s $4 million salary. He’s got the cap space to work with if he wants to add salary…If the Blue Jackets make changes I suspect it’ll be in the front office and/or behind the bench…The Kings have little reason to move Bernier at this time, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they hang onto him this season to spell off starter Jonathan Quick, ensuring Quick isn’t burned out by playoff time…I could see Moss having some value for other clubs but not as much as Bourque. The Flames are stuck with Stajan and Hagman this season…Penner might have more value nearer the trade deadline.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Ken Warren believes the “bizarre moves” by Kyle Turris in his contract standoff with the Phoenix Coyotes adversely affect his trade value, suggesting he’s losing value for every day he doesn’t play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Agreed. The Turris camp is trying to force a trade, but it seems to me they have no leverage.
CALGARY HERALD: George Johnson reports Flames winger Rene Bourque acknowledged he’s heard his name mentioned in trade rumors but professed not to be troubled by it. Johnson noted Bourque, who is pushing 30, cannot be considered a developing young talent anymore, and wondered how long the Flame management will wait for him to become a more consistent scorer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see the Flames dealing Bourque unless they can get good value in return. They’ll want a top six forward in return, not draft picks or prospects
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Bucky Gleason reported several teams have been scouting the Edmonton Oilers, suggesting center Sam Gagner might be moved by the trade deadline, naming St. Louis as a possible destination.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins joining the Oilers full time and playing well on a line with Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, it’s possible Gagner might become trade bait later in the season. Then again, given Shawn Horcoff’s injury history, it might be worthwhile to hang onto Gagner. The Oilers currently aren’t in any rush to make a move thanks to their surprisingly strong start.