Redwings and Canuck news
Don’t be surprised if the Wings add a veteran forward before the February deadline. They’ve got the cap space to make a deal and GM Ken Holland has always made shrewd moves. They’d just like more depth up front and don’t be surprised if they make a pitch for Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu … Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff could be facing an interesting question: Do the Jets fire coach Claude Noel to make room for former Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle? The belief is the Jets are “high on Noel” and “don’t operate that way,” but if they’ve got a shot at a coach who has won a Stanley Cup, don’t they have to consider it? The biggest concern about the Jets is their lack of discipline — they are the NHL’s most penalized team it. Somebody is going to grab Carlyle. The Jets might want to bring him home … The Stars have contacted the Flames about RW Jarome Iginla, but have been told he’s not availabe.
AROUND THE BOARDS: Russian RW Nail Yakupov, playing with the OHL’s Sarnia Sting, is regarded as the top prospect in the 2012 NHL draft. “He sees the ice and anticipates the play the way few can,” said one NHL chief scout. “He is dangerous everytime he’s on the ice with a release as quick as (Tampa’s Steve) Stamkos. (Yakupov) scores when the team really needs him.” The scout said Swede RW Filip Forsberg and RW Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec) are close, but “Yakupov has been consistently good since coming to the OHL.” … The Canucks haven’t given up hope on Phoenix C Kyle Turris. After signing a two-year deal, the 21-year-old made his debut on the fourth line Thursday in Winnipeg. Many believe Turris won’t finish the season in Phoenix. Vancouver is a good fit.