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Hi Darren, my question is about Kyle Turris. Now that he's signed a contract for two years, what's gonna happen? Are the Coyotes gonna trade him? Cause that's what he asked for!
A: The player's preference is a trade and I'm sure Don Maloney and the Coyotes will consider all offers. However, most teams with interest will want to see Turris play this season before agreeing to a deal some say will have to include a quality prospect forward. Sources close to Turris say the Coyotes have agreed to keep this option open, but there is no time frame in mind - which means a deal could be reached within days or months. In the meantime, Kyle Turris will focus on getting back into game shape, developing in to an impactful player, while at the same time increasing his value and chances of seeking the fresh start he obviously wanted when he orginally turned down this two-year contract and embraced the stalemate.
If James Reimer is closer to returning, what are the Leafs going to do with Ben Scrivens and Jonas Gustavsson? Do you think they'll carry three goalies?
A: Michelle, when James Reimer returns, Ben Scrivens will be sent back to the Toronto Marlies. Scrivens has performed well, generally speaking, but he needs more time in the AHL. The same might be said of Jonas Gustavsson, who has been better of late, however Gustavsson would have to clear waivers to go down. As long as Gustavsson continues to play well, he will maintain his role as Reimer's back up. There is no sense rushing Ben Scrivens, who appears to have a bright future in the organization.
I was just wondering about the cap situation in Colorado. Tradition in the Mile High City has always been to spend money, but with roughly $14 million in cap space, have things changed? I understand that during the rebuilding phase you need to cut salary, which they did quite effectively, but what's their excuse now? This is a team that is on the cusp (I may be a little biased being an Avs fan) of being a true contender in the Western Conference and adding a few pieces could push them over the edge. Has ownership put in an internal cap? Or do you expect Greg Sherman and the Avs do make some moves this season to bolster their team?
Rusagonis, New Brunswick
A: Jake, the entire hockey world is quietly watching the Avalanche in anticipation of change. The question of who initiates or decides on firings and hirings in Colorado is often asked. As an Avs fan, you know it wasn't that long ago this team was among the big spenders. But, spending to, or near the cap and not realizing the return on the ice grew old for ownership, so the team went young, shaved millions of its payroll and intends on remaining a penny-pinching club until its youth shows its ready to contend. Avs GM Greg Sherman has made significant trades and continues to manage and operate with what he has. At some point soon, Sherman may be encouraged, or may decide to make a coaching change. If Sacco's replacement isn't a veteran, or long-term hire, the speculation will immediately direct our attention to Patrick Roy, perhaps, Claude Lemieux as potential offseason candidates since Colorado rarely goes outside of its family when filling key positions.
Where does the seven-year deal Pekka Rinne recently signed leave Anders Lindback (an RFA after this season)? Rumors swirled a while back that the Devils may be interested in acquiring him as heir apparent to Brodeur and I'm thinking perhaps Tampa Bay, Columbus or Calgary might kick the tires?
John A. Anthony
A: John, the investment the Predators have made in Pekka Rinne (deservedly so) speaks to his role in the long-term success of this franchise. He is among the best and has been rewarded as such in both term and money. No question Rinne's mega-contract impacts Anders Lindback, although in just his second season in the NHL, Lindback would be wise to stay patient. As you point out, Lindback is scheduled to become a restricted free agent in the summer and Nashville intends on re-signing him. Most noteably, Boston and Vancouver have proven the need for two quality goaltenders. I'm sure Rask would love to play more thane he does, but he sees his future in Boston and opportunity. The same might be said of Corey Schneider who has been stellar for the Canucks alongside Roberto Luongo. It's hard to believe Vancouver will be able to hold both goalies past this season, as it's abundantly obvious Schneider is ready to carry the load of a full-time starter. Lindback isn't there yet and while it's possible a team like the Devils makes the Predators an offer they can't refuse, this 6'6 goalie is still unproven and has much to learn. Why not learn from the best?
Is it just me or has Ovechkin looked way out of place this year? It seems to me if I'm the Capitals I would get rid of the coach before my superstar - maybe it's time to move on to greener pastures?
A: Jeff, I wouldn't say Ovechkin has looked out of his place, but he's most definitely lacking the passion we've seen him play with in the past...when he's been at his best. Firing the coach is perceived as the quick and easy fix, but Caps general manager George McPhee remains loyal to Bruce Boudreau and disinterested in letting his players off the hook. At some point, if Ovechkin doesn't find his spark and willingness to attack on a shift by shift basis, a coaching change will be considered. But McPhee may also try and make a trade first to stir things up. Alex Semin's name has been tossed around since he was made a healthy scratch earlier this week. There are a couple of options management can consider before dumping its coach.