In today’s compilation of trade rumors from the blogosphere: The Canadiens are talking to the Kings about Dustin Penner, and the Blue Jackets and Jets are talking. Enjoy!
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” cited two sources (one from Montreal, one from LA) claiming the Canadiens were interested in Dustin Penner…The Calgary Flames were the team with the leading interest in Phoenix’s Kyle Turris…Eklund also claimed sources saying the Columbus Blue Jackets and Winnipeg Jets may be in discussion about a goalie “perhaps Chris Mason” going to Columbus, and he “also heard talk of Niittymaki possibly.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t doubt the Kings would probably love to shed the underachieving Penner, but I can’t see why the Canadiens would have interest in Penner, since every report out of Montreal has GM Pierre Gauthier seeking more blueline depth…The Coyotes management continues to insist Turris won’t be dealt…The Blue Jackets need a goalie upgrade at this point, but even if Chris Mason were available – and I don’t believe he is, as Jets GM Ken Cheveldayoff recently said he has no plans to make trades at this point in the season – I don’t believe he would be the answer. As for Antero Niittymaki, he is on injured reserve until December due to hip surgery – has been since October 5th – so it would be not only impractical, but ridiculous, for the Blue Jackets to have interest in him. Nobody is interested in acquiring Niittymaki at this point.