WE HEARD A RUMOUR … OR TWO


The Coyotes aren’t actively shopping C Kyle Turris, an RFA who refused to accept a qualifying offer from Phoenix GM Don Maloney, but the club has had calls. The belief is Turris doesn’t want to return to the Coyotes and is hopeful somebody will give him an offer sheet that Phoenix won’t match. Sounds like it’s a little late for that to happen … As was reported in this space last week, Calgary GM Jay Feaster isn’t wasting any time trying to make changes. The name of W Rene Bourque has been mentioned and he is being shopped along with several other players on Calgary’s roster. Bourque has three years with a cap hit of $3.3 million left on his contract. Don’t be surprised if Winnipeg shows a mild interest because the Jets need help up front. “His contract isn’t bad for what he does,” said a league executive. “He’s a pretty good player.” … Why do I keep hearing the Panthers are going to send D Erik Gudbranson, 19, back to junior before the 10-game mark? He was minus-4 in six games going into the weekend, but the Panthers should accept the growing pains. If that happens, it has to be a money-related decision because they don’t want to pay the bonus structure in his contract. It just makes no sense, but stranger things have happened … The Canucks aren’t trying to move D Keith Ballard. He’s been one of their best defencemen this season.

http://www.ottawasun.com/2011/10/22/habs-gm-on-hunt-for-blue-line-help


8 Responses to WE HEARD A RUMOUR … OR TWO

  1. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Don't look now but Joe Colborne has 10 points in 5 games and a +5 rating.

    I think he could be our first-line center we've been looking for next year…Best part, he's 6 foot 5, 210 pounds and starting to use his body a lot more.

    Maybe that's why Burke did not pull the trigger. Another great prospect along with Gardiner and Kadri.

    Took 6 years, but this franchise might be on the right path.

  2. reinjosh says:

    This is why Burke grabbed Connolly. It's a stop-gap while Colborne (or Kadri although its looking almost guaranteed that he's going to be a top 6 LW) develops his game in the AHL. Things are looking good so far on that end.

    Took 6 years with 3 GM's but it's finally well on its way. 
  3. mojo19 says:

    atta boy Colborne!

    Ya its looking like we've got some good young pieces here.
  4. 93killer93 says:

    Hockeybreak says the canucks are trying to reacquire their 3rd round pick so they can send an offer sheet.

    The turris situation could get interesting.  
  5. frankinboltonleafs says:

    I was on the same page re: Connolly but now he's starting to look worse than Peca's tenure as a Leaf. Wish we had gone for Weiss. If the panthers gave up Booth for so little we could'a got Weiss for something reasonable….and at a mill less. I think he's a point 'a game right now and plays the PK as well. Connolly has to actually play to provide competition right? I know….that was out of line.,,,just wish we had gone for Weiss when it was possible.

  6. reinjosh says:

    Different situation between Booth and Weiss I think. I could be wrong but I'm not sure Booth gelled entirely well with the coach. 

    I'd take Weiss over Connolly. Connolly is the more talented I think but he's injured entirely to often.
    And yeah, he has to play haha. I'd like to see what he can do with Kessel still. 
  7. Steven_Leafs says:

    Would be cool if they did but the Canucks only have $86,960 in cap space left (according to capgeek). Which means the Canucks would have to move some salary around and then send the offer sheet. I can't see them risking it especially when Phoenix would likely just match the offer anyway.

    I kind of hope Vancouver gets Turris though, I really don't like Phoenix. 😛

  8. MystifoLeafs says:

    Could Montreal finally get the big shakeup it needs? I mean soon they need to clear out all the bad contracts and start a new. I mean if they continue down this path you would think something big will happen. I mean they talked a lot about us when we had our bad starts maybe its time for Montreal to tare down what they have and try to recoup their loses. Just my opinion.

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