The latest on Kyle Turris, the Maple Leafs, the Predators “big three”, the Bruins, Oilers and Jets.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports a source claims the Calgary Flames have kept weekly tabs on the Kyle Turris contract holdout with the Phoenix Coyotes, holding numerous discussions with the Coyotes and the Turris camp. The Coyotes remain adamant Turris isn’t available, but if their standing changes, the Flames would be very interested, as they see Turris as a potential number one center. The Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs also reportedly made inquiries about Turris, though the Leafs interest apparently isn’t as strong as the Senators…The Maple Leafs continue to get inquiries from other teams, including the NY Rangers. Defenseman Cody Franson is believed available, but with the Leafs off to a strong start, a source claimed their front office is trying to decide if it’s best to make a deal now or hold off until perhaps later in the season…Nashville Predators GM David Poile recently spoke with agent Jay Grossman, who represents goalie Pekka Rinne, while Neil Sheehy, who represent Ryan Suter, will meet with Poile in two weeks time to resume contract talks. Both are UFAs next summer. As for Shea Weber, one of his agents said there’s been no substantive contract talks since last summer’s arbitration hearing. LeBruns speculates Weber may be waiting to see what happens with Rinne and Suter.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames are taking a chance if they’re expecting Turris to have first line center potential. Yes, he has that potential, but he hasn’t displayed so far. Have to wonder if Rene Bourque might’ve been dangled as trade bait? I realize some folks believe the Coyotes will eventually crack and trade Turris before December 1st, but unless a rival club is willing to grossly overpay, I see Coyotes GM Don Maloney digging in his heels on this, especially if his team is playing well by that point…I daresay Leafs GM Brian Burke isn’t in any rush to make a move right now. His team is off to its best start in years, so why mess with a good thing?…I believe the status of Rinne and Suter will have an impact upon Weber’s future with the Predators.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont doubts the Bruins would find an impact player in the trade market for another 45-60 days, by which time it would be too late to help them if they’re still wallowing in sub-.500 territory. He noted the Columbus Blue Jackets, the only team in truly dire straits right now, have an impact player in Rick Nash, but Dupont doubts they’ll move him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins have the talent to pull out of their current funk, but if it continues much longer, I still think Chiarelli will closely monitor the trade market to see if anything could pop up to help his team. I agree about Nash, the Blue Jackets won’t move him unless he demands to be dealt, and he hasn’t done that, nor do I expect him to do so.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Bruce McCurdy noted the Oilers have demoted winger Linus Omark to their farm club, and ponders how much trade value he, Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky might have.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers aren’t in any hurry to move anyone right now, but if they do make a move, I agree with McCurdy that Gagner likely carries the highest value.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe reports Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has no plans to make a blockbuster move to shake up his currently struggling club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nor should he. Yes, the Jets are 4-6-1, but that’s not too bad to start the season, and it’s far too early to start shaking things up. I wouldn’t rule out his making a deal or two later in the season, depending on where his team is in the standings, but he’s likely to give his current roster all the time they need to gel.