Is Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson available? Are the Calgary Flames interested in Daniel Alfredsson or Kyle Turris? Are the Jets seeking a quick fix to their scoring woes? Are the Ducks and Bruins thinking about trades? Read on for the latest trade rumors from the mainstream media.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun recently claimed Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson is available, noting the Montreal Canadiens, NY Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning were in the market for defenseman, though he wasn’t sure if those teams were interested in Franson. LeBrun followed up by responding to a Leafs blogger’s question if Franson was being shopped or if the Leafs were listening to offers, claiming it was the latter.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Franson, the centerpiece of a four-player swap this summer between the Leafs and Nashville Predators, has only played in 3 games with the Leafs this season. It remains to be seen how long he’ll be with the Leafs at this rate. GM Brian Burke is reportedly seeking a top-six forward, preferably an impact player, but Franson alone might not be enough to attract that kind of player, at least not at this stage in the season.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis shoots down speculation the Flames might have interest in 38-year-old Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, but reports the Flames were among six teams that have made serious offers to the Phoenix Coyotes for holdout center Kyle Turris, though Coyotes GM Don Maloney insists Turris won’t be dealt. Francis also claimed Flames GM Jay Feaster continues to field inquiries from curious GMs about winger Rene Bourque, but keeps telling them defenseman Mark Giordano isn’t available. Center Olli Jokinen will be a UFA this summer but Francis reports he wants to re-sign with the Flames, a decison Feaster will have to make before the February 27th trade deadline. Tim Jackman and Tom Kostopoulos are also UFAs and could attract minor interest, while every effort will be made to re-sign versatile forward David Moss.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting bit about Turris, though while I understand he would provide depth at center and youth for the Flames, I’m not convinced he would address their need for first/second line depth at center. Jokinen’s having a good season so far with the Flames, but I can’t see Feaster committing much money or seasons toward him.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe reports there’s no quick fix trades out there which can address the Jets offensive woes, or bolster their depth on defense. He also reports the Jets aren’t going to shop struggling forwards Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I must confess I’m surprised by the Jets poor performance so far, as I was expecting much better from this team, especially from Wheeler and Little. Still, the season is young and there’s plenty of time for those players and their teammates to turn things around.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens reports Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray doesn’t see the need to make a panic move eight games into this season to bolster his offense. Stephens noted Calgary’s Rene Bourque and Columbus’ Antoine Vermette appear to be available, but Murray currently isn’t interested in making deals like the one the Vancouver Canucks recently made to acquire David Booth from the Florida Panthers, and will give young forwards like Brandon McMillan and Andrew Gordon more time to develop.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The problem for Murray is rival clubs with scoring forwards available might want him to part with one or two of his promising young players, something he’s unwilling to do.
ESPN: James Murphy reports Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli admits he’s reluctant to tinker with his roster, which has gotten off to a 3-5 start.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s easy to understand why, given they won the Stanley Cup earlier this year. The Bruins have the talent to turn things around, they just need a little more time to get over their “Cup hangover”.