A list of ten players who might not finish the season on the teams with which they began it, more on Kyle Turris, updates on the Predators and Bruins free agents, the Wild place Eric Nystrom on waivers, and the Ducks demote Kyle Cumiskey.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance listed ten players who might not finish the season with the teams they started the season with, suggesting New Jersey’s Zach Parise, Phoenix’s Kyle Turris, Vancouver’s Cory Schneider, Ottawa’s Sergei Gonchar and Filip Kuba, NY Islanders Evgeni Nabokov, Toronto’s Tyler Bozak, Edmonton’s Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky, and Nashville’s Ryan Suter as possible trade candidates.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Parise wants to remain with the Devils and he wants to stay, so unless ownership suddenly slashes payroll, I see him re-signing. Gonchar has another season at $5.5 million remaining on his contract so I doubt he’ll attract much interest this season. Kuba would be easier to move as he’s in the final season of a contract paying him $3.7 million, but I daresay teams won’t be interested in later in the season, when the bulk of that has been paid by the Senators. The Predators want to re-sign Suter and have initiated exploratory contract talks with his agent. The Canucks season will have to go off the rails before they consider moving Schneider, or they’ll have to get an offer too good to refuse. The Coyotes management insists Turris won’t be dealt. Hemsky might be shopped later in the season if the Oilers are out of the post-season race and he sees no future with the club. I don’t believe they’ll move Gagner, unless Ryan Nugent-Hopkins outplays him. Bozak has been mentioned as a possible trade candidate as the Leafs are in the market for an impact forward. Nabokov won’t be moved until the Islanders are confident DiPietro is healthy enough to last the season.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman spoke to a few people around the league regarding Kyle Turris, and the picture that emerges is Turris wants to be traded, and would sign a more reasonable contract with another team. He won’t get an offer sheet because the Coyotes, who claim they won’t trade the young center, would match. Friedman believes the Calgary Flames are interested “for sure” in Turris, but doubts they’d have what it would take to pry him away from the Coyotes…One GM said he wasn’t sure what Nashville Predators GM David Poile will do with pending RFA Shea Weber and UFAs Ryan Suter and Pekka Rinne, but is preparing as though Poile might move one of them…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Turris really wants a trade, I think he could’ve gone about it a better way than making outrageous salary demands he knows the Coyotes wouldn’t pay. It’s possible Coyotes GM Don Maloney might cave, but if the club is playing well by late November, it’ll only strengthen his resolve not to trade Turris, which then puts the pressure on the 22-year-old center, as he’ll risk being ineligible for the remainder of the season if unsigned by December 1st. The Predators would undoubtedly prefer to re-sign Weber, Suter and Rinne, but I also believe one of those players will be on the move before July 1st.
BOSTON GLOBE: Michael Vega reports Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli remains mum on whether he’s initiated contract talks with UFAs Johnny Boychuk, Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell, Joe Corvo, Chris Kelly and Shawn Thornton. Chiarelli yesterday announced the re-signing of Rich Peverley, who was eligible for UFA status next summer, to a three-year extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Their performances this season could determine if they get new contracts from the Bruins.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports the Minnesota Wild have placed forward Eric Nystrom on re-entry waivers in hopes of enticing another team to claim him for only half of his $1.4 million contract. If unclaimed, however, the Wild would then have to move another player, either via trade, injury reserve or demoting one who doesn’t need to clear waivers. The Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars might have interest, as the Canadiens recently claimed (and later returned) forward Blair Betts, while the Stars might need to add a player to stay above the salary cap floor.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak doubts the Flames would bring back Nystrom, as they would have to shed someone’s contract to make it work.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m guessing the Stars might be willing to pick him up, as it would solve their cap compliance problem. We’ll see if they go that route.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks have demoted defenseman Kyle Cumiskey, whom they acquired in a recent trade with Colorado, to the minors. As he recently went unclaimed via waivers with the Avs prior to the trade, he doesn’t have to pass through waivers again.