The latest on Kyle Turris, Sam Gagner, and how Sean Avery’s status could affect the Dallas Stars, in today’s roundup of trade and free agent rumors from around the league. Enjoy!
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson claimed he hasn’t met an NHL manager or scout who wasn’t dumbfounded by Kyle Turris’ stance in his holdout with the Phoenix Coyotes. Turris is seeking $4 million per season on three-year deal or $3 million per on a two-year deal. It’s raised questions that perhaps he doesn’t want to play for the Coyotes and is trying to force a trade…Matheson also suggested the Oilers target Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto, though given the sidelining of Marc Staal to post-concussion symptoms, he doubts the Blueshirts will be dealing any defensemen.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: More on Turris later on…I doubt the Rangers will be looking at moving any defensemen at this time, so the Oilers will have to look elsewhere for their defensive depth.
CBC.CA: During the Satellite Hot Stove segment on Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman reported on speculation Phoenix GM Don Maloney may be softening on his “no-trade” stance toward Kyle Turris, and that Columbus and Calgary might be interested in the young center, noting Maloney reiterated he won’t trade Turris and if the latter wants to play in the NHL this season, it’ll have to be with Phoenix. Friedman also believes the Coyotes would match any offer sheet for Turris. Mike Milbury chimed in, saying he worked with Maloney in Long Island and he could really “dig in”, and that Turris needs to do the right thing and return to Phoenix.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It doesn’t appear Turris will be going anywhere this season, expect back to Phoenix, if he wants to play in the NHL. His salary demands simply don’t make sense, and he has absolutely no leverage in staging this holdout.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke admits he’s in “listening mode” when it comes to possible trades, but said any talk linking him to Edmonton’s Sam Gagner is false. He even e-mailed Oilers GM Steve Tambellini to say none of this “Gagner to Maple Leafs” talk was coming from him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The first I heard of this rumor came late last week in a “tweet” from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star. The only way I see the Oilers moving Gagner this season is if Ryan Nugent-Hopkins outplays him.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports the NY Rangers demotion of Sean Avery to the minor could force the Dallas Stars to add another player. The Stars are still paying half of Avery’s salary as he was claimed off re-entry waivers over two years ago by the Rangers, so if he’s demoted, his salary also comes off the Stars books, which puts them perilously close to dropping below the salary cap “floor” of $48.3 million. GM Joe Nieuwendyk said he’d prefer a long-term solution to this, and will be considering waivers, free agency and even trades to address the issue, preferring to bring in a player who earns $1 million or more.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Waivers or free agency might be the quickest way to address the problem. If he’s looking at trades, the Rangers (defenseman), Oilers (puck-moving defenseman) and Maple Leafs (top-six forward) are in the market, though I don’t think there’s a match with those three clubs.