In today’s NHL news and rumors update, there is news on the Minnesota Wild not making a panic move, the New York Rangers may have a top-end prospect leave their organization and there might be good news on the Dustin Byfuglien front.
Wild Won’t Make Move For Sake Of Move
Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic writes that Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin isn’t afraid to make a move with his team off to a poor start, but he wants to properly evaluate what he’s got before he panics and makes a move he shouldn’t.
When asked what his plan will be and if he’s learned anything from former GM’s he’s worked alongside, Guerin said that both Ray Shero and Jim Rutherford would make moves when they felt it was right and not be afraid to pull the trigger on a deal.
“Hey look it, the one thing I learned from both those guys is that if it’s going to help your team, then do it. They made the right moves at the right time in what they felt would help the team and if it didn’t work out, then you make moves again.
Guerin says it’s all about giving his guys a fair shake and not about him putting his mark on the team as a new general manager.
One of the questions in Minnesota is how long of a leash coach Bruce Boudreau has. Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie report
on the latest edition of Insider Trading for TSN that he is not in imminent danger of being fired.
Rangers With an Unhappy Prospect?
New York Rangers prospect Vitali Kravtsov has a decision to make. He was hoping the make the Rangers team out of camp but didn’t. To make matters worse, he’s been a healthy scratch for the Hartford Wolf Pack. He’s got a European Assignment Clause in his contract that would allow Kravtsov to jump to the KHL if he feels he’s destined for a bumpy road in the minors.
According to Igor Eronko of Sport-Express, Kravtsov is considering exercising that clause but Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports that as of Tuesday afternoon, there had been no discussion on that topic between the Kravtsov camp and the Rangers.
Byfuglien Leaning Towards a Return to Jets?
Tuesday night, Darren Dreger reported on TSN Insider Trading that the Dustin Byfuglien situation may have taken a positive turn if you’re a Winnipeg Jets fan. “There’s a growing sense of optimism that Dustin Byfuglien may indeed return to the Winnipeg Jets,” Dreger said.
Dreger did add that there was nothing official to announce and no guarantee or timeline, but the sense is he’s more likely to return than not return.
Should he, the Jets know that there may be some time required to get him up to speed but they also realize a 50% Byfuglien is better than not having him at all.
Watch For a Kyle Turris Trade
Bob McKenzie of TSN believes it’s worth keeping an eye on the Kyle Turris’ situation with the Nashville Predators. There’s a very good chance that a trade may be in the works.
Turris is currently being paid $6 million annually to play fourth-line minutes. This isn’t ideal for general manager David Poile who was already trying to move Turris this summer.
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