NHL Trade & Free Agent News – October 12, 2011.

A list of ten players who might not finish the season on the teams with which they began it, more on Kyle Turris, updates on the Predators and Bruins free agents, the Wild place Eric Nystrom on waivers, and the Ducks demote Kyle Cumiskey.


Still the subject of trade speculation.

ESPN.COM: Craig Custance listed ten players who might not finish the season with the teams they started the season with, suggesting New Jersey’s Zach Parise, Phoenix’s Kyle Turris, Vancouver’s Cory Schneider, Ottawa’s Sergei Gonchar and Filip Kuba, NY Islanders Evgeni Nabokov, Toronto’s Tyler Bozak, Edmonton’s Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky, and Nashville’s Ryan Suter as possible trade candidates.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Parise wants to remain with the Devils and he wants to stay, so unless ownership suddenly slashes payroll, I see him re-signing. Gonchar has another season at $5.5 million remaining on his contract so I doubt he’ll attract much interest this season. Kuba would be easier to move as he’s in the final season of a contract paying him $3.7 million, but I daresay teams won’t be interested in later in the season, when the bulk of that has been paid by the Senators. The Predators want to re-sign Suter and have initiated exploratory contract talks with his agent. The Canucks season will have to go off the rails before they consider moving Schneider, or they’ll have to get an offer too good to refuse. The Coyotes management insists Turris won’t be dealt. Hemsky might be shopped later in the season if the Oilers are out of the post-season race and he sees no future with the club. I don’t believe they’ll move Gagner, unless Ryan Nugent-Hopkins outplays him. Bozak has been mentioned as a possible trade candidate as the Leafs are in the market for an impact forward. Nabokov won’t be moved until the Islanders are confident DiPietro is healthy enough to last the season.

CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman spoke to a few people around the league regarding Kyle Turris, and the picture that emerges is Turris wants to be traded, and would sign a more reasonable contract with another team. He won’t get an offer sheet because the Coyotes, who claim they won’t trade the young center, would match. Friedman believes the Calgary Flames are interested “for sure” in Turris, but doubts they’d have what it would take to pry him away from the Coyotes…One GM said he wasn’t sure what Nashville Predators GM David Poile will do with pending RFA Shea Weber and UFAs Ryan Suter and Pekka Rinne, but is preparing as though Poile might move one of them…

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Turris really wants a trade, I think he could’ve gone about it a better way than making outrageous salary demands he knows the Coyotes wouldn’t pay. It’s possible Coyotes GM Don Maloney might cave, but if the club is playing well by late November, it’ll only strengthen his resolve not to trade Turris, which then puts the pressure on the 22-year-old center, as he’ll risk being ineligible for the remainder of the season if unsigned by December 1st.  The Predators would undoubtedly prefer to re-sign Weber, Suter and Rinne, but I also believe one of those players will be on the move before July 1st. 

BOSTON GLOBE: Michael Vega reports Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli remains mum on whether he’s initiated contract talks with UFAs Johnny Boychuk, Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell, Joe Corvo, Chris Kelly and Shawn Thornton. Chiarelli yesterday announced the re-signing of Rich Peverley, who was eligible for UFA status next summer, to a three-year extension.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Their performances this season could determine if they get new contracts from the Bruins.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports the Minnesota Wild have placed forward Eric Nystrom on re-entry waivers in hopes of enticing another team to claim him for only half of his $1.4 million contract. If unclaimed, however, the Wild would then have to move another player, either via trade, injury reserve or demoting one who doesn’t need to clear waivers. The Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars might have interest, as the Canadiens recently claimed (and later returned) forward Blair Betts, while the Stars might need to add a player to stay above the salary cap floor.

CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak doubts the Flames would bring back Nystrom, as they would have to shed someone’s contract to make it work.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m guessing the Stars might be willing to pick him up, as it would solve their cap compliance problem. We’ll see if they go that route.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks have demoted defenseman Kyle Cumiskey, whom they acquired in a recent trade with Colorado, to the minors. As he recently went unclaimed via waivers with the Avs prior to the trade, he doesn’t have to pass through waivers again.



  1. CAMPBELL and THORNTON will be back. BOYCHUK and PAILLE might be if they re-sign for about what they are making now. I think KELLY and CORVO will move on, making room for CARON and HAMILTON

  2. Kelly’s a good player, but there’s no long-term room for him with Seguin continuing his development.

  3. I didn’t REALISE how ANNOYING it is when people CAPITALISE ENTIRE words in a SENTENCE!

  4. or when they CAN’T spell

  5. On players that might be on the move, I think Komisarek might be one at the trade deadline. Most of his salary would be paid by the Leafs and even though he will have two more years at a cap hit of $4.5M, his actual salary or money owed to him is only $3.5M. If he continues his strong play that he has shown thus far in this season along with the positive presence he is known for in the locker room, I think many teams that are looking to stay above the cap floor without spending the dough to do it would want to get this tough stay-at-home defenseman.

  6. how about hodgson getting moved? not much room for him when kesler returns. one would think that the canucks could get a pretty good return for him and fill a hole or holes. there are more then a few teams that are pretty weak up the middle. nashville……?

  7. Dallas should definitely look at Nystrom. They could use a depth forward, they need to add salary, and at $700K they’d be getting pretty good value.

    Another guy I think Dallas should look at is UFA JP Dumont, who at 33 may be coming off his worst season ever (19 points), but has generally been a really consistant 2-way player. I think he would fit in well on a line with Vernon Fiddler.

  8. What happened to Nystrom?

  9. @tuxedoTshirt he cleared waivers.

    Unless you mean what happened to his play over the last year. In that case, I’m not sure, I think everyone was pretty much on board that it was a solid signing by Minny when they got him, now he’s clearing waivers.

  10. Turris is going to get traded and is killing his open market value by not playing and not signing, December will be coming fast.
    My guess is he gets traded for picks etc.

  11. It would not solve the stars cap compliance issue. The stars will have to sign someone to a 1.1 million cap hit and if they take nystrom at half of 1.4, (.7) that wouldn’t cut it. In fact, it would make them less compliant with the cap because they would have to send a 0.8 million dollar contract to the minors to make room for Nystrom. They would have to trade for him, and who would they trade? Nystrom and $700,000 for a bag of pucks?

  12. BB will not move komisarek.
    If he didn’t trade him when he was playing like garbage, he won’t trade him now that he is playing good.
    Also his salary dropping is more attractive to the leafs than anyone else.
    One thing is for sure: Komi has to have a solid bounce back season to remain relevant on a leafs defense that will be one of the best in the league.

  13. The thing you don’t seem to get is that Burke couldn’t trade Komisarek when he was stinking out the joint. With his poor play and a 4.5 mil x 3 year cap hit Burke would have had to give a first rounder away just to move him. Burke is also loyal to HIS guys, he can dump Finger in the minors but moving Komi would be an admission of failure.
    Komi has played a good quiet game this year, blocking shots and hitting but not going overboard looking for the big hit. He tired to justify the salary and had to be Scott Stevens but he isn’t. He will never justify the salary level but he can be a good #5 guy on the blueline.

  14. @Mb4life….A GM doesn’t always move a player when they’re playing bad because a player can only be moved if there is a market for them. Oilers, Islanders, Ottawa and a few others are rumored to be interested in Komi because he is still a decent defense who can play a solid stay-at-home style of game.

  15. Vancouver won’t move Schneider but if anyone has a bag of pucks they can have Sturm.