Despite re-signing with the Phoenix Coyotes, some believe Kyle Turris could still be traded, plus the latest on Zach Parise, Josh Gorges, and Linus Omark.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE/CALGARY SUN/CBC.CA: speculate the Phoenix Coyotes could still shop center Kyle Turris now that he’s finally ended his ill-advised holdout and re-signed a two-year deal with them. Despite GM Don Maloney saying during the holdout that under no circumstances would he trade Turris, and sounding after the re-signing as though he still intends to keep the young center, some observers are wondering if Maloney is just posturing. The Canucks, Flames, Maple Leafs and Senators have been among those rumored to have interest in Turris, and the thinking is Maloney would want a young center and a draft pick in return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some folks just can’t quit the Turris rumors. To be fair, several teams are believed to have contacted the Coyotes regarding Turris’ availability, and we can’t discount those clubs making follow-up inquiries. That being said, it’ll probably take Maloney stretching his “under no circumstances will we trade Turris” meme to include, “now that he’s under contract with us” to fully silence the Turris trade speculation. Sure, it’s possible Turris could be traded, but I’m guessing it won’t happen until the off-season at the earliest.
NEW YORK POST: Zach Parise’s recent meetings with his agents fuels speculation he’ll sign with another team next summer as an unrestricted free agent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, that’s possible, but it’s also far too early to read into a November meeting with his agents as indication this is his last season with the New Jersey Devils.
RDS.CA: Pierre Houde hopes the Montreal Canadiens will move quickly to get dependable defenseman Josh Gorges re-signed before next summer, when he becomes eligible for UFA status.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gorges is earning $2.5 million this season and could command at least $4 million on the open market. The Canadiens will have the cap space to re-sign him, as they won’t re-sign Jaroslav Spacek, Hal Gill and Chris Campoli. Habs fans shouldn’t worry if he’s still not re-signed by June. It’ll get done, because he’s far too valuable to their blueline.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson shoots down trade speculation over demoted Oilers winger Linus Omark, pointing out Omark broke his ankle last week and is sidelined for the next two months.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not the kind of season Omark envisioned for himself.