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.
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.