The latest on Kyle Turris, Tomas Kaberle, and Sam Gagner, plus an update on the Lightning.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Jim Gintonio reports Coyotes GM Don Maloney said Kyle Turris’ contract holdout was strictly business and not personal, saying he felt it was important to set a standard on how the Coyotes operate. Head coach David Tippett and team captain Shane Doan believe Turris will be welcomed back without animosity from his teammates.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Senators and three other Canadian teams (Flames, Canucks and Maple Leafs) plus the NY Islanders and St. Louis Blues reportedly have interest in Turris, but a league executive doubts the Coyotes will shop him. Garrioch believes if -”and that’s a huge “if” – Maloney decides to deal Turris, he’ll want young assets in return.
SPORTSNET’s Nick Kypreos “tweeted” Turris “could be moved in 24 hrs, 3 months or not at all. The decision now lies with the Coyotes”, adding “What remains clear is Turris still wants out.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The only way the Turris rumors will go away is for Maloney to state “under no circumstances” will he trade the young center, just as he did during the contract standoff. Media consensus suggests Turris could be dealt, but no one knows for sure when, and interested teams would like to see him play first.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger recently reported Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford is trying to move defenseman Tomas Kaberle, as he’s looking for help at forward. The Islanders are shopping forward Blake Comeau and hope to get draft picks in return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At $4.25 million per season, Kaberle will be very difficult to move, which could perhaps take swapping bad contracts with another club, which probably won’t address the Hurricanes scoring issues. As for Comeau, it’s surprising how much his play has dropped off this season after years of steady improvement, leading me to wonder if the problem is head coach Jack Capuano. Perhaps a change of scenery might do him good.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports Oilers center Sam Gagner acknowledges he’s the subject of trade rumors, especially with the Oilers banged-up on defense and their depth at forward. Gagner said he’s comfortable in Edmonton and doesn’t want to leave.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Oilers management are staying patient, but if the injured blueliners are slow returning and the Oilers slide further down the standings, it could prompt them to make a move, and Gagner could be their best bargaining chip.
TBO.COM: Erik Erlendsson reports the Lightning’s current slump won’t force GM Steve Yzerman to hit the panic button.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yzerman isn’t the type to panic, and he’ll stay patient with his team, but if they don’t turn things around between now and the Christmas trade freeze, it could push him into the trade market for help.