Updates on Turris, Comeau and Bergfors.

Trade speculation continues to swirl about Coyotes newly-signed center Kyle Turris, the Islanders place Blake Comeau on waivers, and the Predators place Niclas Bergfors on unconditional waivers.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma reports Kyle Turris may have a new two-year deal with the Phoenix Coyotes, but his future with the club remains unclear. Kuzma suggests either Turris and Coyotes GM Don Maloney can mend their fractured relationship or the young center will be dealt. “Sometimes, you kiss and make up and you’re family forever,” Maloney told the Arizona Republic. “In some cases, it doesn’t work and then you have to make a change. I’m hopeful it will work out.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maloney isn’t saying “under no circumstances” will he trade Turris now that he’s under contract, which will ensure the 22-year-old center remains a fixture in the rumor mill this season. It doesn’t appear, however, he’ll be dealt soon, as he’s going to report to their farm team for a conditioning stint, and teams supposedly interested in him want to see how well he plays in NHL games before making pitches for him.

Comeau headed off the Island?

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Kristie Akcert reports the Islanders yesterday placed winger Blake Comeau on waivers. It’s believed they were trying to trade him earlier in the week but could find no takers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s possible he could be claimed off waivers. He was a 24-goal scorer last season,is only 25, and carries a one-year, $2.5 million contract. The decline in his performance this season is surprising as he was making steady improvement in each season leading up to this one. Perhaps a change of teams will help him improve.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported via Twitter the Nashville Predators have placed forward Niclas Bergfors on unconditional waivers. If he clears, he and the team can mutually agree to terminate his contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And that could bring about the end of his NHL career. Bergfors has bounced among four teams in two seasons.


  1. The relationship between Comeau and the Isles soured this summer when then wouldn’t give him the 3-4 year deal he wanted. The Isles paly hard ball with their hard contracts as both he and Josh Bailey were blackballed and played on the 3rd/4th lines respectively since day 1 of training camp. I believe a change of scenery is exactly what he needs as he is just not happy on the Island.

  2. ANA, CGY, CBS, CAR could all be decent destinations for Comeu on waivers to see if it could boost his career back to last season.

    Flames and Ducks would barely have the space … the Jackets would have to make space so I am not sure if it would work. The Hurricanes have it if they are willing to spend a little and could really use a boost on their forward depth if he can get back to form. Wouldn’t mind Comeu with the ‘Canes!

  3. I would imagine Snow told him to get his defensive game and plus/minus in order if he wants the big bucks and long extention next year which he hasn’t done. I’m surprized no one wanted to trade for him based on last years points but I guess 4 years on the minus side of the +/- stat has hurt his value?

    Snow was right to play hard ball. To bad Ferguson didn’t do that with Tucker, the Leafs are still paying him and will be until 2014. lol

  4. Calgary just picked Comeau up. Should be a good change for him as he was obviously sour on the Islanders. Must be a reason a guy goes from 24 goals to zero so far. If you dont want to lose a guy dont put him on waivers right now, if you do theres a chance Calgary will grab him. Surprized they didnt grab Bergfors as well but he might be a little more “chancey” as he seems not to want to fit in anywhere.

  5. This should be a good pick up for Calgary, I just don’t like the fact they sent Byron down to make room for him, IMO they should have waived Morrison.

  6. Interesting to see how this pans out for the Flames.

  7. Personally I think this was a “wishful thinking” pickup by the Flames. If he can resurrect his career or come close to previous production, then they did well, but struggling to even get a second assist on a team with Tavares, Grabner, Moulson, Streit …. does make a statement. Lastly, I can’t believe the Flames dressing room right now is any more pleasant than the Isles……