NHL Rumor Mill – November 26, 2019
Updates on Kyle Turris and Chris Kreider, plus the latest on the Oilers in today’s NHL rumor mill.
NO EASY SOLUTION FOR TURRIS SITUATION
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Jared Clinton reports Kyle Turris has become frustrated over his limited playing time with the Nashville Predators. Despite the club’s recent slump and winger Viktor Arvidsson sidelined for six weeks, Turris has been a healthy scratch from three straight games.
Clinton speculates Predators general manager David Poile could be amenable to trading Turris, if for nothing else than to get some salary-cap relief. Considering how much Poile gave up in a three-way trade with Ottawa and Colorado to get Turris (Samuel Girard, Vladislav Kamenev, second-round pick), Poile won’t want to move Turris for next to nothing. However, the 30-year-old’s annual average value ($6 million) and declining production means his trade value is low right now.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Clinton points out there’s no simple solution here. Turris is unhappy over his situation, but coach Peter Laviolette seems to have no interest in playing him. His trade value is low and he’s carrying a hefty cap hit. Unless Poile is willing to take on a toxic contract, he could be forced to absorb a big chunk of Turris’ AAV and accept a low return to move him.
KREIDER UNWORRIED OVER HIS FUTURE
NEW YORK POST: Noting the Rangers’ video tribute and ovation for former Blueshirt Mats Zuccarello last night, Larry Brooks wonders if Chris Kreider will be in a similar situation next season. The 28-year-old winger is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Kreider said he remains unworried about his future, focusing instead on the present.
Brooks observes there are salary-cap issues ahead for the Rangers, wondering how much the club would be willing to invest in Kreider. Both sides have kept mum over the winger’s contract status.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe the Rangers will shop Kreider if they’re out of playoff contention leading up to the Feb. 24 trade deadline. Kreider’s asking price could be over $6 million annually on a long-term deal. Cap Friendly indicates they have over $65 million invested in 14 players for 2020-21, with restricted free agents Ryan Strome, Tony DeAngelo, and Brendan Lemieux in line for big raises. There won’t be enough room for Kreider.
Ken Holland’s shopping list from now to Feb trade deadline after his pro scouting meetings in Vegas: No. 3 C who shoots right and can win face-offs. Love Haas’s hustle but 39 percent on draws. Second line LW winger with some consistent offensive pop to play with RNH and Neal.
— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) November 24, 2019