Speculation on possible moves by the Maple Leafs, and linking more teams to Kyle Turris. Enjoy!
BLEACHER REPORT: Adam Davis listed six players the Toronto Maple Leafs could trade early in the season, listing Mike Komisarek and Jeff Finger among the possibilities. April Weiner meanwhile mused on the possibility of the Leafs moving Phil Kessel if he gets off to a slow start or poor performance this season, listing seven teams which might have interest in him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Could Kessel be traded? Hey, if the Flyers could turn around and trade Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, then sure, it’s possible, but unless GM Brian Burke gets an offer too good to refuse, I doubt Kessel gets shopped if he struggles or if his numbers aren’t quite as good as last season. Komisarek has a no-movement clause in his contract during the season, and his $4.5 million salary and his injury history would make him more difficult to move during the season. If Finger could be traded, surely it would’ve happened by now.
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” recently claimed sources said two teams were trying to get permission to find out what Turris would want to sign with them, one in the Eastern Conference (maybe Toronto, maybe not) and the other in the Western Conference, which he believed to be Detroit. “Eklund” followed up on October 7th with a rumor of the NY Islanders pursuing a trade of Turris with the Coyotes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If any team wanted to find out what Turris wanted, they could send him an offer sheet. I believe we already know what he wants from the Coyotes (three years, $4 million per, or two years, $3 million per). As for the Islanders trading for Turris, they’ve got plenty of depth at center in Tavares, Nielsen, Bailey and Reasoner. Doesn’t make sense.