Is it time to blow up the Calgary Flames, and should they acquire Kyle Turris? Are the Rangers close to signing Anton Stralman? Are the Flyers closing in on a trade?
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Adam Proteau believes it’s time for Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster to stop trying to rebuild the Flames on the fly, and commence the rebuild in earnest by shopping ageing stars Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff for promising youth and draft picks.
SPORTSNET.CA: Mark Spector also suggested that possibility if the Flames early season performance should carry over throughout this season.
CALGARY SUN: Steve MacFarlane speculates on what it might take for the Flames to pry Kyle Turris out of Phoenix, if the Coyotes should change their “no-trade” position prior to the December 1st deadline to re-sign Turris. Possible trade scenarios envisioned by MacFarlane include packaging winger Rene Bourque and a draft pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Feaster isn’t going to “blow up the team”, at least not at this point in the season. If the Flames haven’t made any significant improvement by mid-season, he could change his mind, but not now. I wouldn’t be surprised if Feaster keeps pushing hard for Turris, but he could end up in a bidding war with several clubs if the Coyotes do decide to move him before December 1st.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the NY Rangers intend to place defenseman Marc Staal on LTIR in conjunction with other personnel moves, which will lead to their officially signing free agent defenseman Anton Stralman to a one-year, $900K contract.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: cited a tweet from TSN’s Bob McKenzie claiming the Rangers had signed Stralman, but the Rangers have not confirmed this.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears this could come as soon as today.
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli yesterday reported a league source “familiar with the Flyers thinking said the team isn’t planning on making any trades to bolster their currently injury-ravaged lineup.