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