Latest Senators & Golden Knights Rumors – October 6, 2017
Speculation over Kyle Turris’ future with the Ottawa Senators and the Vegas Golden Knights could soon get busy in the trade market.
TSN: Darren Dreger believes contract discussions between the Ottawa Senators and center Kyle Turris could be headed to a trade by the Feb. 26 trade deadline. Turris, 28, is eligible for unrestricted free agency next July. Dreger said there’s been “a fair bit of dialogue” between Senators management and Turris’ agent stretching back to early summer.
Turris seeks a seven- or eight-year deal but Dreger said the Sens “so far” aren’t willing to do that. He also notes the Senators simply cannot allow such an important player to simply walk away as a free agent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Turris is completing a five-year contract worth an annual average salary of $3.5 million. He’s become a reliable 50-point center for the Senators.
Term, not dollars, appears to be the issue here. If Turris cannot be re-signed the Senators will have to find a suitable replacement and that won’t be easy.
It’s still early days and it’s possible the two sides could work something out before the trade deadline. Perhaps the Sens might offer to pay him a little more in actual salary up front to accept, say, a four- or five-year deal.
TSN: The Vegas Golden Knights are expected to be busy in the trade market before their inaugural game on Friday night. Bob McKenzie recently reported the Knights are expected to retain defensemen Deryk Engelland, Jason Garrison, Luca Sbisa, Shea Theodore, Nate Schmidt and Colin Miller. That could leave Brad Hunt, Griffin Reinhart and Jon Merrill as trade candidates.
McKenzie also speculated the Golden Knights could shop a goaltender. On Thursday, they placed Calvin Pickard on waivers. He’s become the odd man out after the Knights claimed Malcolm Subban off waivers from the Boston Bruins earlier this week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pickard hitting the waiver wire and being mentioned as a trade candidate caught a lot of NHL observers by surprise. He showed some promise with the Colorado Avalanche and was outstanding for Team Canada at this year’s World Championships. However, Pickard struggled last season with the Avs and didn’t have a good preseason with the Knights. If Pickard goes unclaimed today, he could still end up being moved via trade in the next day or two.