In today’s compilation of trade speculation from the blogosphere: Turris to the Blackhawks? Flames and Devils talking? Habs talking to Flames and Oilers? Lightning talking to Canucks or Kings? Nabokov to the Maple Leafs? Is it time for the Blue Jackets to trade Rick Nash? Enjoy!
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” adds the Blackhawks to those teams interested in Kyle Turris, claiming they need depth up front, believing Andrew Brunette and Dan Carcillo aren’t top-six guys… He claims talks are “heating up” with the Devils, citing a source linking them to the Flames, who may be seeking “leadership and character”. Also claims the Canadiens might have interest in Jay Bouwmeester, suggested the Flyers might be a long shot for the Flyers…Eklund also claimed “strong rumors” linking the Habs to Rene Bourque, and claimed “Montreal is scouting Hemsky as well”…Believes the Lightning are looking at the Kings’ Jonathan Bernier and Vancouver’s Cory Schneider to shore up their goaltending.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brunette may be long in the tooth to be a top-six forward, and Carcillo may not be a top-six guy, but both are more capable than Turris, who has yet to prove he’s top-six material in the NHL. And since Patrick Kane is playing well at center, and with Jonathan Toews and Dave Bolland already at center, there’s no fit there for Turris…According to recent reports, the Devils aren’t looking at making any major trades, but if they were, they probably wouldn’t make one with the Flames, as the Devils need depth at center, which is also a concern for the Flames…Jay Bouwmeester isn’t going anywhere…The Canadiens aren’t having trouble scoring, their problems are defensive, so adding Bourque makes no sense…Canadiens scouting Hemsky? That’ll be hard to do, since he hasn’t played since re-injuring his shoulder back on October 13th…Wouldn’t be surprised if the Lightning are keeping their options open regarding their goaltending, but I doubt they’ll pry Bernier or Schneider away from their current teams.
GATHER.COM: Larry Seely, citing a Bleacher Report post, claims “the latest news” has the Toronto Maple Leafs acquiring Evgeni Nabokov from the NY Islanders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nabokov won’t be available until either Rick DiPietro returns to action, or Isles management feels confident in calling up Kevin Poulin.
BLEACHER REPORT: Franklin Steele wonders if it may be time for the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets to trade Rick Nash.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nash is undoubtedly the best trade chip the Blue Jackets would have, but trading him is an extreme measure. Unless Nash asks to be dealt, the Jackets will continue to try to build around him.