The latest on the Flames, Oilers, Rangers and Avalanche.
SPORTSNET.CA: Mark Spector reports Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster said in September he didn’t want to blow up his roster, but Spector suggests Feaster may face making significant changes to his roster if they continue to struggle against powerhouse teams like the Vancouver Canucks. He suggested Feaster, who appears to be trying to rebuild on the fly, could face two options, moving some of their top names, like Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff, for young players, prospects and draft picks, or attempt to rebuild via this summer’s UFA market.
CALGARY HERALD: Scott Cruickshank reports on the Flames rumored interest in Phoenix Coyotes holdout center Kyle Turris, noting the difficulty in determining what the cost should be for him, and the “scary notion” Turris could turn into another Matt Stajan.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Turris could be a gamble, but if the asking price isn’t too step, could be worthwhile if he blossoms into the first liner he was projected to become when he was selected third overall in the 2007 entry draft. I don’t think Feaster’s reached the point where he’s ready to conduct a massive overhaul, but if this team is floundering by the New Year, it could force him to commence the rebuild in earnest. Whether that means going the route of the Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators (rebuild via the draft) or the Florida Panthers (dump lots of salary to free up space for this summer’s UFA market), or a combination of both, remains to be seen.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples reports on the Sam Gagner trade rumors, and believes there’s no need at this time for the Oilers to rush into making any moves, with Gagner or anyone else.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A conclusion I also reached – and which Staples duly noted – in my recent column for The Hockey News.
TSN’s Darren Dreger recently reported via Twitter the NY Rangers reported offer (one-year, one-way) to Anton Stralman remains on the table. Stralman is still in Sweden.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater recently responded to a reader’s question regarding the possibility of the Avalanche using their considerable cap space to bring in a rental player at the trade deadline, suggesting it was possible they could spend on the right rental player.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: What kind of rental player remains to be seen, for as Dater noted, it’s too early to look that far ahead and guess what the Avs might do.