Will Bruins management shake up their roster with a trade? Does Evander Kane want out of Winnipeg? Have the Devils addressed their depth at center? Read on for the latest.
NESN.COM: Douglas Flynn, responding to a reader’s e-mail, doubts Bruins management will shake up their struggling lineup only eight games into the season. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli recently admitted his reluctance to shake things up, acknowledged he has the ability to shake things up down the road (roster and cap space), but hasn’t reached that point yet.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Undoubtedly the Bruins are off to a slow start (3-5), but that’s no reason to jump the gun to shake things up. Granted, if their struggles continue over the next several weeks, Chiarelli will be forced to make a move, but there’s still plenty of time for the defending champs to snap out of their funk.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe reports Evander Kane’s agent denied a recent rumor which claimed Kane was unhappy in Winnipeg and wanted a trade. Agent Craig Oster said his client had no issues with head coach Claude Noel and he wasn’t aware of his client being unhappy with his limited ice time earlier in the season. In recent game, Kane has been skating with Nik Antropov and Alexander Burmistrov and his ice time has increased.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kane is off to a slow start offensively but that’s likely to pick up with his current linemates. He has a lot of potential and the Jets certainly don’t want to move him.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports the New Jersey Devils plucked center Ryan Carter off waivers from the Florida Panthers on Wednesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s in line with earlier reports claiming the Devils would look for affordable centers who were getting lost in the shuffle with their teams. This move indicates they have no intention at the current time of making a trade to bolster their depth at center.