Bruins GM confirms he’s making calls to other general managers, and Evander Kane comments on recent trade rumors.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont reports Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli admitted he’s “diligently” making his calls to other general managers, and while he wouldn’t admit what he’s targeting, Dupont believes it’s a good bet he’s looking for goal scoring. Dupont believes a trade could shake up the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins, who’ve struggled to a 3-6 record to start the season, but doubts Chiarelli will be able to find a deal akin to the one the Vancouver Canucks recently pulled off, landing David Booth in a multi-player swap with the Florida Panthers.
Dupont mentioned center Kyle Turris remains a holdout with the Phoenix Coyotes, but suggested if Chiarelli were to land Turris, the youngster would need at least two weeks to round into game shape, and the Bruins don’t look like a team which can wait that long.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Coyotes GM Don Maloney is to be believed, Turris won’t be dealt under any circumstances, so forget about him. I do concur with Dupont that if Chiarelli does make a trade in the coming weeks, it might not be for a significant impact player, as those kind of trades tend to be difficult to make at this time of year. That being said, it’s not impossible. The Bruins do have the cap space and depth to make a move for a goal-scorer. The Calgary Flames have reportedly fielded offers for winger Rene Bourque, and if Chiarelli hasn’t been making inquiries before, it’s possible he could be now, though that’s no guarantee he’d be able to land Bourque.
The Bruins have the talent to overcome this early season funk, but Chiarelli probably isn’t going to wait much longer. A roster shakeup, even with a minor trade, could be coming if they don’t turn things around soon.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe reports Jets winger Evander Kane repeated what his agent said yesterday about rumors claiming Kane was unhappy in Winnipeg and playing for head coach Claude Noel, claiming he never sought a trade, had no issue with Noel, was happy in Winnipeg and expects to be with the Jets for a long time.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kane was off to a slow start earlier this month, but since moving onto a line with Nik Antropov and rising star Alexander Burmistrov, he’s regained his scoring touch. He’s not going to be dealt. Nothing more to see here. Movin’ on…