Turris hurting his development … Moves could be happening in Columbus Monday … Lightning had interest in Bernier … Pronger video … Sutton hit

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Kyle Turris’ agent remains hopeful that he will get an offer sheet. Some league execs believe Turris and his agent Overhardt misplayed the situation. “The only one being hurt by this is the player because it’s hurting his development,” said a league executive speaking on the condition of anonymity. “I don’t know what has gone on there, but I don’t see (Turris) winning.” There were rumors that the Canucks may sign him to an offer sheet, but sources say that isn’t happening.

    “Turris hasn’t been shopped around at all,” said the executive. “Any team that has spoken to Maloney has been told he’s not going to be dealt.”

    Many believe that Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier could be the next to go. Bob Gainey could be his replacement, Lightning assistant GM Julien Brisebois is another option. The Blue Jackets have been trying to make a trade without much luck. GM Howson has refused to fire coach Scott Arniel, but he may have no choice soon. They are getting calls for defenseman Kris Russell and center Derick Brassard. The Lightning tried to trade for Jonathan Bernier at the draft and there is talk that the Kings may look to move him at some point. The Kings are trying to trade Dustin Penner and his $4.5 million salary. He may get more interest once his salary number goes down.

  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Flames: The NHL and NHLPA are looking at some prototype shoulder pads that are more form fitting and not made of hard plastic. The league is also looking into “neck guards, cut-proof underwear, Kevlar socks, longer gloves and wrist guard.” NHL realignment is becoming more complicated than a simple swap of the Jets and a Western Conference team. “The movement now revolves around having teams in four divisions with the playoff playdowns in each division first. Each team would play home and home games against each team outside its division.”
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Sources are saying that Blue Jackets president Mike Priest has contacted Ken Hitchcock about coming back to coach the team. Former GM Craig Button has also been contacted. GM Scott Howson and/or coach Scott Arniel could be fired on Monday. Other potential coaches/GMs may have been contacted. Button and Hitchcock worked together with the Stars in the 90’s.
  •  Tim Panaccio of the CSN Philly: Flyers center Danny Briere missed last night’s game due to an upper body injury. It’s not expected that he’ll miss more time.
  • AP in the Globe and Mail: Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger is suffering from some blurred vision from the eye drops and doesn’t know when he’ll return.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton will meet with Brendan Shanahan on Monday regarding his hit on Avs Gabriel Landeskog on Friday, and has been suspended for at least tonight’s game.


  1. Freddy

    October 30, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Would not at all be surprised to see TB trade for a goaltender.

  2. Wunschkind89

    October 30, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I wonder if the Leafs will be open to trading Monster if he keeps playing this well when Reimer comes back? Gustavsson + Franson/Gunnarsson + 2nd/4th round pick (pick depends on the defenseman) for Hedman, assuming Gustavsson’s stock continues to rise over the next 4 weeks or so?

  3. Jeff

    October 30, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Of course they would do that.

  4. ice cream

    October 30, 2011 at 11:57 am

    why would tampa part with hedman? he is an obviously non-movable for the package you are describing.

    hedman goign to the leafs doesnt make much sense. burke is already set with the defence corps. they need a centre and possibly another goalie.. turco?

  5. Wunschkind89

    October 30, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I just don’t see Tampa swapping one old goalie for another. That Lecavalier for Luongo idea was an interesting one, but that’s a little too flambuoyant also.

  6. Jeff

    October 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    They should have signed Vokoun.

  7. leafs@leafland

    October 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    im hoping burke can somehow land zach parise out of new jersey. perfect fit. i think the leafs could do a 3 for 1 deal with jersey for him.. but that would all depend on if parise has any intention of signing with the devils.. and i dont think that kinda deal would go down until the devils were out of the playoffs.

    maybe derrick brassard/ kyle turris or ryan malone is the leafs best shot at upgrading the forward ranks this year. i cant see the flames dealing with the leafs again so we ca land rene bourque.

  8. Willy mo

    October 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Parise would be great, if he returns to form, but i dont think the Leafs should do anything right now. They are on fire. Wait at least another 10 games and see where they stand.

  9. mywifewaskilledinsaintlucia

    October 30, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    ya… i dont think parise is movable at this point..

    as for possible leafs moves.. i think we are all waiting for burke to get the best possible package for one of our extra d-men… getting a pick+forward OR forward OR backup goalie

    im also watching out for burke to be the goto trading partner for teams that NEED to make moves such as columbus, calgary, montreal, boston, etc… hopefully we can improve out team by taking advantage of other teams poor play.

  10. Jeff

    October 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Would be nice to see Mark do an analysis of all Leafs trades since Burke & Co. Took over.