The latest on Kyle Turris, Zach Parise, the Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, and more.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Eric Duhatschek reports the expectation is the Phoenix Coyotes, who’ve made center Kyle Turris a healthy scratch in the last two games, could try to trade his rights prior to the imposition of the NHL holiday “trade freeze” period of December 19-27. While Turris has done little so far in his NHL career, the Coyotes could try to capitalize on the expectation the 22-year-old could blossom under a change of scenery…Much of the early expectation regarding possible options for the Philadelphia Flyers to replace Chris Pronger is a “home run” deal landing either Shea Weber or Ryan Suter from the Nashville Predators, but the Predators would prefer to re-sign both. Barring that, a more likely option could see them deal with the Carolina Hurricanes for a depth defenseman. Calgary’s Cory Sarich might also be an option later in the season…Duhatschek also compared Turris with Columbus’s Derick Brassard, noting teams see their potential upside, but also think of the career trajectory of Calgary’s Matt Stajan and get cautious…The declining fortunes of the Edmonton Oilers since their hot early season start makes one wonder if they’ll move Ales Hemsky or Sam Gagner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I find all the trade hype over Turris a little puzzling. Sure, he has potential, and sure, a change of scenery could see him blossom into a star, but he’s done very little to justify the outrageous salary demands of earlier this year, and his contract holdout in hopes of forcing a trade or landing an offer sheet was ill-advised, doing him little good. If the Coyotes can get a good return, like a first round pick or a top prospect, they’ll probably move him, but for those who land him, I’d be cautious in my expectations. As Duhatschek pointed out, he could blossom, or turn into another Matt Stajan…As for the Flyers and Weber and Suter, the chances of landing either guy are remote. The Predators want to keep them, and as long as they’re in playoff contention, won’t move either guy. Flyers fans hoping to see either on their team by the trade deadline need to temper their expectations with reality…As for the Oilers, if they haven’t pulled out of their tailspin by month’s end, I would expect management to start looking for help, and Hemsky or Gagner could become trade bait.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Senators are among several teams believed interested in Turris. Garrioch claims the Flames, Kings, Canucks, Blue Jackets and Maple Leafs have also show interest.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: reports Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson offered no comment when asked if he had interest in Turris.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: TSN’s Darren Dreger claimed yesterday the Flames had no interest in Turris, and pointed out the Maple Leafs are under their current self-imposed trade freeze. Not sure why the Canucks would have interest in Turris as they’re very deep at center, and there’s no room for him among the top two lines.
ESPN.COM: Scott Burnside reports Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman will have to decide if he’ll try to land a goalie which can help his team now, or a prospect for the long haul. Burnside wondered if the Kings Jonathan Bernier, the Wild’s Josh Harding, and the Capitals Braden Holtby could be possible options.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yzerman will have to make that decision soon, otherwise he’ll have to wait until after the trade freeze is lifted.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger doubts the New Jersey Devils will trade Zach Parise if he’s still unsigned by the February trade deadline.
TORONTO SUN: Chris Stevenson suggested Carolina blueliners Tim Gleason and Bryan Allen as possible trade targets for the Flyers…Talk in Buffalo is the Sabres would move Derek Roy and Drew Stafford if they could find takers…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m skeptical the Sabres would move Roy and Stafford this season. Don’t see them giving up on either guy. If they were to try to move one, I’d say it would be Stafford.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren seemed to imply he didn’t feel a trade was needed at this time to find a replacement for Pronger.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The report also claimed Shea Weber was “reportedly” on the block. That’s been reported by supposed internet “insiders”, not from the MSM.