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.
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.