The Kyle Turris contract holdout with the Phoenix Coyotes continues to drag on with no sign of a resolution anytime soon.
On Thursday, ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reported Turris’ agent, Kurt Overhardt, confirmed his client had requested a trade, but Coyotes GM Don Maloney maintained that won’t happen.
Maloney said at some point in Turris’ career, the young center will have the option to choose where he’ll play, referring to when he becomes eligible for unrestricted free agency.
In the meantime, Maloney insisted if Turris wants to continue playing in the NHL, it will be with the Coyotes.
Turris has until Dec. 1 to sign an NHL contract or he’ll become ineligible to play the remainder of the season.
Some observers have criticized Maloney for his hard-line stance, feeling it would be better for the Coyotes to move Turris and get something back that can help now.
Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun reported six teams, including the Flames, have made “significant offers” for Turris, but there’s no word which players were included in those offers.
Evidently it wasn’t enough to convince Maloney to change his mind. Besides, he’s not in any rush to make a deal. He still has five weeks to consider offers from other teams and his team is currently 4-3-2, so there’s no real incentive to move Turris at this time.
Of course, the argument can be made inserting an unhappy Turris back into the Coyotes lineup wouldn’t be much help either, but Maloney will not let the Turris camp call the shots.
This showdown will drag on into November, which will only generate more Turris trade rumors.
NO ALFREDSSON IN CALGARY
Speaking of the Flames, Francis also shot down Internet-generated speculation they would be interested in Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson close to the trade deadline.
Francis wrote the Flames are finally starting a “retooling process of sorts” to address their aging roster and suggested the addition of a 38-year-old Alfredsson “makes about as much sense as Matt Stajan’s contract.”
Funny line, unless you’re Stajan, or GM Jay Feaster, who’s stuck with a contract almost impossible to move and that eats up an average hit of $3.5 million for this season and the next two.
Unless Feaster is willing to bury Stajan in the minors or buy him out down the road, the only way he’ll be moved (provided he’s willing to waive his modified no-trade clause) would be in a swap of bad contracts with another team.
Francis also acknowledged Feaster was getting enquiries about left winger Rene Bourque. He was, however, having to explain to a lot of GMs he’s not moving cornerstone defenseman Mark Giordano.
TOO EARLY FOR JETS TRADES
Don’t expect the Winnipeg Jets to make any significant deals in the coming weeks to shake up their struggling offense.
Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun wrote a rival team won’t just drop a 30-goal scorer on their roster, and the price for such a player will be hefty.
Wiebe doesn’t believe Jets GM Ken Cheveldayoff will give up on struggling right winger Blake Wheeler or center Bryan Little.
One rumor making the rounds was that left winger Evander Kane, unhappy over his playing time and role, requested a trade. But Wiebe reported Craig Oster, Kane’s agent, denied this and claimed his client was happy in Winnipeg and had no issues with the team.
Kane was off to a slow start, but in recent games has been playing on a line with center Nik Antropov and right winger Alexander Burmistrov and has, as Wiebe reports, taken on a larger role.
Rumor Roundup appears Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News and Kukla’s Korner.