In today’s roundup of blogosphere-generated NHL rumors: Kyle Turris to Toronto? Sergei Samsonov to Red Wings for Penguins? Jason Spezza to Buffalo?
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” believes the Phoenix Coyotes will trade Kyle Turris, as GM Don Maloney won’t stand for Turris’ current salary demands. He claims the Maple Leafs, Kings, Devils, Islanders, Canucks “etc” are interested in Turris…He also claims Sergei Samsonov’s potential destinations could be the Red Wings and Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the record, Maloney claimed in a recent interview he has no intention of trading Turris. If he does, however, I doubt the Maple Leafs would have interest unless Tim Connolly and/or Matthew Lombardi are sidelined for lengthy periods, because currently there’s no room for Turris at center with the Leafs. The Kings absolutely have no need for Turris, as they’re already deep at center with Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards and Jarret Stoll. The Islanders? Not with Tavares, Nielsen, Bailey and Reasoner. The Canucks? Nope, they’ll give Cody Hodgson a long look before they’ll trade for Turris. The Devils? Possible, I suppose, given that Travis Zajac is sidelined for several months, but I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were a Devils fan…As for Samsonov, the Red Wings appear set with their current lineup, while the Penguins appear deep on left wing with Chris Kunitz, James Neal, Steve Sullivan and Matt Cooke.
GATHER.COM: Larry Seely claimed The Bleacher Report reported the Buffalo Sabres were looking at Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seely didn’t provide a link, but I checked Bleacher Report and saw nothing about this. Even if Bleacher Report did post this, it’s absurd and stands no chance of happening. ‘Nuff said. Nothing more to see here, move along…