A compilation of the latest notable trade rumors from the blogosphere. Enjoy!
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” recently claimed there’s been “buzz” the Calgary Flames were talking to the Columbus Blue Jackets and NY Rangers, saying the name he keeps hearing is Jay Bouwmeester could be wanted in Columbus. The Rangers could be in on Bouwmeester but gets the impression they’re more interested in Rene Bourque. He also claimed he’s heard Tampa Bay is in the market for a goalie “possibly from out West”…He also claimed a “trusted source” told him the Flames had interest in David Booth before he was dealt to Vancouver, and they “may look at (Kyle) Turris”…He subsequently claimed he’d heard the Rangers were interested in Curtis Glencross, whom the Flames won’t part with. He also suggested perhaps the New Jersey Devils might have interest in Gilbert Brule, if they could get the Edmonton Oilers to agree to take cap space back. Eklund also believed it’s possible the Maple Leafs and Canadiens might do a deal, noting the Habs reportedly spoke to the Leafs about a defenseman, and wonders if the Canucks aren’t done dealing, perhaps still having interest in Turris.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m sure the Rangers and Blue Jackets would love to land Jay Bouwmeester, but unless they’re willing to part with some top line offensive talent, “Jay-bo” won’t be moving. As for interest in Bourque or Glencross, that runs counter to every report out of New York of the Blueshirts priority being a defenseman, not a forward…Kyle Turris would add nothing to the Flames, unless they could get the Phoenix Coyotes to take center Matt Stajan and his expensive contract in return. That ain’t happenin’…The Devils reportedly are looking at “diamonds in the rough”, meaning they’re apparently going to scour the minors. Yes, Brule is in the minors, but apparently the Devils aren’t willing to take on salary. Still, it’s a good point about a trade if the Devils could convince a team to take salary back, but currently they don’t appear to have anyone they want to move. The Maple Leafs have been in the market for an impact forward, so forget about Montreal parting with one of those for one of their depth defensemen…Finally, I don’t buy into Eklund’s rumors linking the Canucks with Kyle Turris. Honestly, they have no need for him.They’re already very deep at center, with Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Manny Malhotra, Maxim Lapierre and Cody Hodgson. The only real link is Turris lives and trains in New Westminster, BC, in the off-season, but I don’t see where he’s a possible fit with the Canucks at all.
GATHER.COM: Larry Seely recently suggested the Columbus Blue Jackets might have some interest in NY Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov if he can show he’s still a capable NHL goalie…He also cited a rumor from Bottom Line Hockey which had the Flames sending Rene Bourque to Toronto for some blueline help.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nabokov’s looked good in his two starts so far, but I daresay the Islanders won’t move him until they get Rick DiPietro back in the lineup, or have more confidence goalie Kevin Poulin is ready to move up…The Flames would probably want a top six forward in return for Bourque, not a defenseman.
BLEACHER REPORT: Sam Kelly listed “Kyle Turris and 7 players hoping to get dealt”, which included Phoenix’s Shane Doan, Columbus’ Rick Nash, New Jersey’s Zach Parise, and Nashville’s Shea Weber.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: None of those aforementioned players are hoping to get dealt.