Latest Bruins, Senators and Islanders Rumors – October 29, 2011.

Which players could the Bruins shop if management opts for a trade? Are the Senators interested in Kyle Turris? Could Evgeni Nabokov become expendable for the Islanders?

CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggarty reports the Bruins have been linked to Phoenix’s Ray Whitney and Kyle Turris, as well as Calgary’s Rene Bourque, in recent rumors, yet there wouldn’t be a need for potential moves if the club can snap out of its post-Stanley Cup championship funk. Haggarty listed center David Krejci, defenseman Johnny Boychuk and goalie Tuukka Rask as potential trade chips, offering up the pros and cons of moving either player.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Haggarty isn’t saying Krejci, Boychuk and Rask are on the block, merely suggesting them as possible trade candidates if management decided to shake up the roster with a trade. If the Bruins regain their championship form over the next two or three weeks, all talk of a trade involving them will vanish. If they continue to struggle, however, GM Peter Chiarelli will likely make a deal to prevent his team from sliding into a hole too deep to climb out of over the course of the season.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch rep0rts the Ottawa Senators were among six or seven teams to have expressed interest in Phoenix Coyotes holdout center Kyle Turris, as he would suit their rebuilding process, providing youth and depth at center. Garrioch noted, however, Coyotes GM Don Maloney’s continued insistence Turris’ rights won’t be traded before December 1st, which is the due date for the 22-year-old to sign an NHL contract or become ineligible to play the remainder of this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This shouldn’t be surprising, and I wouldn’t blame Senators GM Bryan Murray for inquiring into Turris’ availability. That being said, I believed Maloney when he says he won’t trade Turris, and any interest from rival clubs like the Senators has probably dried up for the time being. Perhaps Murray and other GMs might revisit this in late-November,when that December 1st deadline is closer, to see if Maloney is thinking of changing his mind.


A good fit with the Red Wings?

SFGATE.COM: Jake Leonard wonders if former Shark and current NY Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov might be the odd man out of the Isles goalie rotation, suggesting he might be a good fit with the Detroit Red Wings, who still need a reliable backup for starter Jimmy Howard.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Red Wings last season tried to sign Nabokov to a one-year contract but he was plucked off waivers by the Islanders. Ty Conklin, the Wings current backup, has struggled in his three games thus far. It’s probably too early to speculate the Wings might revisit their interest in Nabokov, but this could be worth watching if Conklin continues to struggle backing up Howard.


  1. Maloney is just driving up the price GM’s would have to pay for Turris by telling the media he is not going to trade him. The Yotes have enough distractions around them as it is right now. Why add another one, just because you want to stick it to a kid. That’s just my opinion.

  2. At some point if Maloney sticks to his Dec 1st date with Turris that it will draw the ire of the NHLPA…..

  3. I hate when players hold out. They have a privileged lifestyle and they sit out and demand things. That being said, if you wanted to play hockey in the best environment you can put yourself, it would make sense to want to get the helll out of phoenix.

  4. I be very surprise if Turris gets traded before DEC 1st. And it has nothing to do with a personal vendetta, but about value as an asset. The Coyotes had high expectations for Turris and if they can not get close to equal value for those expectations, then they won’t trade Turris. They want Turris back in the line up and have no desire for a competing franchise to get better. As far as being a distraction, this isn’t nothing compared with the threat of relocation the team has experienced the last few years.

  5. Maloney should stick to his guns….kid had a great opportunity to earn qualtiy ice time this season in Phoenix…let him sit out a season.

  6. Juicebox:

    “At some point if Maloney sticks to his Dec 1st date with Turris that it will draw the ire of the NHLPA…..”

    How? What will the PM do? The PA has absolutely no power in this situation. Turris is a restricted free agent who asked for significantly more than he is worth in market value and demanded a trade. The PA has no power to help him when he has no leverage and no legs to stand on. Phoenix is completely within their rights to let Turris twist in the wind and there is absolutely nothing the PA can do about it. NOTHING.

  7. sorry, wrote PM twice for some reason, meant PA

  8. Personally, I think it’s neither about a personal vendetta nor about driving up value of an asset. I think it’s about setting a precedent.

    Maloney knows Phoenix is an undesirable location to play, so by letting a player stage a holdout and get what they want (a trade), it will show other players that they can do the same. For the long-term stabliity of his team, Maloney is willing to not get any value for Turris now, either in a trade or on the ice.

  9. I think northby9 nailed it but something I don’t understand is why arbitration didn’t take care of this. If Turris refused it (not even sure he can), then it seems to me he waived PA support.

  10. Boychuck for Omark.

  11. Re: Mike. I’m not sure of the numbers, but a player has to play so many seasons before he is eligible to request arbitration, and even then its something that has to be filed not too long after the playoffs end. Hearings are usually late July to August. So if turris were to sign a 1 year deal i believe next year he would be eligible for arbitration.

  12. Don’t forget the NHL is still owner of the team and all contracts must be approved by the BOG.Maloney has to keep his stance in this, and has his hands tied.

    Turris has played less than a 150 games in the NHL,has totalled 45 points, 19 goals,26 assist. How can he be asking for 3 to 4 million a year ? There is no way,Maloney would be able justify such a contract with the NHL brass.

  13. I don’t understand how Nabokov can be the odd man out… he’s the only goalie they have! lol

  14. I think this is all about the precedent and I kind of expected the GMs to close ranks and make an example.

  15. Agree with Coach Bowman. This is all about the NHL, in the guise of the ‘Yotes, telling an unproven young player, ” You sir, are not Eric Lindros. You have no rights.”

  16. I don’t mind the trade talk in Nabokov. You could probably add Columbus to the “trade” mix of teams interested. However, Nabokov won’t be traded any time soon. The earliest would be Christmas. If he can give the Islanders a few more wins, his trade value will go up and the Islanders will be getting more than a 6 rounder for him. DiPietro will be playing tonight against San Jose as Nabby is out with a day to day injury. The trade rumor will pick up if Dipietro plays well and stays healthy (big IF).

  17. Alexis Yashin sat out a whole season in the 90’s and both the team and Yashin came out worse for wear. As a young player this is really the only bargaining chip they have to play and don’t forget he’s not being paid while he sits. As for him going to Ottawa, yes the fact he’s young and has offensive upside makes him attractive however is this hold-out a signal that he’s got an attitude? I believe that most teams, and especially those trying to build a winning culture, are going to be wary…