The Oilers could be in the market for an offensive defenseman…Sabres place two high-priced players on waivers…Possibility of the Sharks doing an early season trade…Another team where Petr Sykora could land…An update on Kyle Turris.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports the top priority for the Oilers is landing an offensive defenseman. He noted Bryan McCabe and Chris Camp0li are still available via the UFA market. Matheson claims, however, management will likely wait through October and early November to see how things shake out and if this remains an issue to be addressed.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A hobbled Ryan Whitney doesn’t help the situation, but even if he were healthy, he can’t carry the burden alone. They’ll probably look toward Tom Gilbert and Cam Barker to step up, but if they struggle early, the Oilers will have little choice but to shop for a puck-moving blueliner.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports the Sabres have placed forward Ales Kotalik ($3 million) and defenseman Shoane Morrisonn ($2.075 million) on waivers. Neither saw any action in the Sabres preseason games to date. GM Darcy Regier said there may be some interest in those players, and is hopeful the waiver moves start other trade discussions.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe demotion to the minors or loans to European teams are in the future for those two, as their salaries probably make them almost impossible to move via trade.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports it’s possible San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson could be active in the trade market early in the season if he doesn’t like the production from his bottom six forwards.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: LeBrun notes if Wilson goes that route he’d seek more experience. Something to bear in mind as we keep an eye on the Sharks performance in the early weeks of the upcoming season.
OTTAWA SUN’s Bruce Garrioch recently “tweeted” if the New Jersey Devils don’t sign forward Petr Sykora, don’t be surprised if the Ottawa Senators show interest. Sykora played for Bryan Murray in Anaheim.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could depend, of course, on Sykora’s performance with the Devils.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks comments on the contract holdout of Phoenix Coyotes center Kyle Turris, pointing out that, if he isn’t signed by December 1st, not only would he be ineligible to play in the NHL for the remainder of the season, but he’d also forfeit a year of eligibility toward unrestricted free agent status.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given how much Turris stands to lose, I’m guessing he returns to the Coyotes well before December 1st, provided GM Don Maloney sticks to his guns about not trading the young center.