NHL Trade & Free Agent Rumors – November 5, 2011.

The latest on the Penguins, Red Wings, Predators and Hurricanes, plus updates on Kyle Turris, Cory Schneider, Sergei Bobrovsky and Bryan McCabe.

ESPN.COM: Craig Custance recently asked Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland if he would consider making a trade to reverse his club’s current skid, but Holland believes it’s too soon for such a move. He does hope to be in a position where he can be aggressive at the trade deadline, leading Custance to speculate over the possibility of the Wings first round pick being in play at that point, as Holland currently believes they’re deep in prospects, which leaves him positioned to be flexible if need be.

Will the Predators re-sign Suter?

Pierre LeBrun recently suggested if the Nashville Predators don’t have Ryan Suter re-signed by the trade deadline, and if they’re out of the playoff race by then, they should consider moving Suter and maximize his asset value, but if they’re still in the playoff race by then, it could be white knuckle time…A source told LeBrun the Carolina Hurricanes might need to open up room for promising blueliners Justin Faulk or Derek Joslin by moving another defenseman.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For Holland, much will depend on where his team is sitting in the standings as the deadline nears…I may be wrong, but I suspect the Predators would prefer to re-sign Suter over team captain Shea Weber…The Hurricanes have been considered a team which could shop a defenseman since early in the season, but it doesn’t appear that they’ll move Joni Pitkanen, and I doubt they shop Tomas Kaberle. LeBrun suggested Bryan Allen, who’ll be eligible for UFA status this summer, could be a possibility, though he admits it is unclear which defenseman they could move.

TRUE HOCKEY: Andy Strickland recently reported sources saying the Pittsburgh Penguins, already very deep at center, have had talks with other clubs about moving center Mark Letestu.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins will have to make room for Sidney Crosby’s eventual return. They probably won’t get much of a return for Letestu, who has only one point in ten games.

TSN.CA: Darren Dreger recently responded to readers e-mail questions about Kyle Turris and Cory Schneider. Regarding Turris, it could come down to the center accepting a one-or two-year deal, or Coyotes GM Don Maloney getting an offer he can’t refuse, or Turris sits out the season.  He suggested Columbus and New Jersey may be two teams willing to pay a premium for Schneider but doesn’t believe the Canucks are willing to move him at this time.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dreger also responded to questions on the Oilers possible need for another defenseman and the Flames shopping Rene Bourque, but it’s nothing we haven’t already heard before, as the Oilers aren’t in any hurry to make additions right now, while the Flames could consider moving Bourque if the right deal came along, and if the need to shake up the roster is required. Come to think of it, there’s nothing really new here regarding Turris or Schneider.

YAHOO! SPORTS: Kelly Friesen recently reported on Twitter an NHL scout told him the Blue Jackets had interest in Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, but a Flyers reporter told him Bobrovsky wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It wouldn’t be wise for the Flyers to move Bobrovsky. Yes, they have Ilya Bryzgalov, but they still need a capable backup in case Bryzgalov struggles or gets hurt.

SPORTSNET: Jeff Marek wonders if UFA defenseman Bryan McCabe’s NHL career may be over.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There was some interest in McCabe this summer and in preseason, but he rejected every team which expressed interest in him. It’s believed he’d prefer to play for a team close to his Florida home, which really narrows his options.



  1. hey spec, do you think eric staal could ever be traded? he looks like he could use a change of scenery. any rumors?

  2. McCabe is pretty much retired :) He lives in my gated community and is loving his time with his kids.

  3. What about Dallas shipping out a goalie? We have a plethora of really solid young goalies in the AHL, and after drafting Campbell, we don’t need the logjam.

  4. The problem with McCabe is that he probably wants to much money. If he wants to play close to home then I would guess his career is done as no team in the vicinity needs him or more to the point, wants him.

  5. Eric Staal won’t be dealt.

  6. I wish Eric Staal would be dealt. Having seen him not show up consistently since the Stanley Cup back in 2006, I think it would do him and the Canes a world of good. We need someone who has motivation to win. Staal has everything, Cup Ring, Gold Medal for Olympics and World Champs, All Star, what motivation does he have to try and make the playoffs?? Oh, and I forgot, his C and his nice big contract.

  7. Hey specter, what do you make of Backstrom’s current situation with the Wild? Are they really just riding a hot back up, or is there something more to this?

  8. Cory Schneider has played well in every game he’s started and although Luongo has had his ups and downs already this year goaltending is not the Canucks biggest problem at this time. Vancouver has shown a disconcerting lack of effort in a couple of games (Edmonton, Minnesota) and the highest scoring team in the league last year just hasn’t been scoring the way they were last year (no it’s not because Erhoff is gone). the changes in the lineup all seem to be steps forward. Higgins is an upgrade over Torres, Booth has way more upside than Samuelsson or Sturm (the Canucks went to the Finals last year so any argument about needing playoff experience is null and void). LaPierre, Volpatti, and Weise are a huge improvement over the rotating cast that was the 4th line last year. on defence they only lost Erhoff (but Salo stepped into his # 3 slot and has been great) but the rest of the blueline has struggled at times. Ballard in particular has been hit or miss and Edler will play great one night then disappear for awhile. clearly this edition of the team is a work in progress and the changes will take a bit of time to work. it is interesting however to see that the newest players (Hodgson, Higgins, LaPierre, Booth, and Weise) seem to be working the hardest.

  9. RK: They’re riding the hot hand for now, but at some point, Backstrom will get back in goal. I daresay this will serve to provide a little extra motivation for his performance.

  10. Eric Staal doesn’t need a change of scenery; he needs NHL top 6 wingers.