All eyes on the blue line

The Senators aren’t the only team looking for a boost on the blue line.

League sources told QMI Agency Saturday about 10 teams are looking for help on defence as the calendar turns to November, but demand far exceeds supply.

Besides Ottawa, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks are among the teams working the phones trying to land defencemen.

Unfortunately for those clubs, few teams are willing to give up quality blueliners. Ottawa’s Bryan Murray has been the most aggressive GM in his pursuit of a defenceman and is dangling D Brian Lee as bait.

The Ducks have made it known they would be willing to part with Paul Mara. The Oilers are looking to deal veteran Sheldon Souray, who is currently in the minors, but he didn’t help their cause by breaking his hand in a fight in the AHL. Souray would prefer to be put on recallable waivers, but that’s not likely to happen.

At some point, the Canucks will likely trade Kevin Bieksa and his $3.5-million (all terms US) salary. Vancouver GM Mike Gillis has no pressing needs right now, but might be tempted to make a deal since the market for blueliners is so hot at the moment.

“That’s the problem with defencemen,” said one league executive. “When you have them, you should keep them because they’re so difficult to find. Why do you think there’s so many teams looking? There’s a shortage.”

At the very least, trade talk is finally heating up.

“A lot of GMs are like coaches now: They’re on the hot seat,” one high-profile agent said last week. “They can’t afford to have their teams go in the tank because they’re being held accountable with the cap.”

Rumours du jour

The Dallas Stars, already in financial peril with their ownership situation in flux, are likely going to have to shed salary down the road. The Stars are averaging just 13,509 fans a game and the belief is C Brad Richards will be dealt before the Feb. 28 trade deadline. “They might have to do it to save cash, but that just doesn’t make sense to me,” said one league executive. “They’ve got a chance to have a pretty good team. They should be trying to add, not subtract.” … Devils GM Lou Lamoriello, who is trying to clear cap space and figure out a way to keep RFA LW Zach Parise, has been fielding calls about LW Patrik Elias. Elias, however, has a no-move clause and isn’t likely to agree to a trade. He has two years left on his deal and wants to stay put … The Coyotes are trying to move little-used RW Petr Prucha. He’s been a healthy scratch and is making $1.1 million this season. He’ll be a UFA next summer … The Bruins will have to shed salary once Marco Sturm and Marc Savard come off the long-term injury list in the next month. RW Blake Wheeler’s name has surfaced in trade rumours, but Boston would have to get a good return to consider moving him. While there has been talk the Bruins could bury the $4-million contract of RW Michael Ryder in the minors, he will be a UFA after the season and has been a consistent contributor this year.

16 Responses to All eyes on the blue line

  1. reinjosh says:

    Giordano signed an extension for 4.02 a year for 5 years.

  2. albertateams says:

    It's an Ok price for Gio. Maybe a little high given he only really has one really good season, but he has been the best all round D man Calgary has had last year and the start of this one. Probably means White will be traded (I hope not) but one or two or White Regehr or Sarich isn't going to be back next season.

    The Iginla trade rumors are swirling. I still don't see it but if it does I think it will happen very quickly.  
  3. dumbassdoorman says:

    I think it was less than it would've cost this summer and now they trade White at the deadline.

  4. mojo19 says:

    Giordano is a good player, I would try to move out Sarich and White if I were Sutter. Besides the cupboards are a little bare in Calgary, if they can grab some draft picks they should do it.

  5. mojo19 says:

    Jarome Iginla to the Detroit Red Wings
    Valterri Filppula, Jiri Hudler, 1st round pick

    Iginla stats:
    Age, 33
    2007 – 94 pts (39/55) in 70 games
    2008 – 98 pts (50/48) in 82 games
    2009 – 89 pts (35/54) in 82 games
    2010 – 69 pts (32/37) in 82 games
    2011 – 7 pts (2/5) in 11 games
    Cap hit: $7 mil, through 2013

    Age, 26
    2007 – 17 pts (10/7) in 73 games
    2008 – 36 pts (19/17) in 78 games
    2009 – 40 pts (12/28) in 80 games
    2010 – 35 pts (11/24) in 55 games
    2011 – 6 pts (2/4) in 9 games
    Cap hit: $3 mil, through 2013

    Age, 26
    2007 – 25 pts (15/10) in 76 games
    2008 – 42 pts (13/29) in 81 games
    2009 – 57 pts (23/34) in 82 games
    2010 – point per game in Russia (54 in 54)
    2011 – 3 pts (0/3) in 8 games
    Cap hit: $2.875 mil, through 2012

  6. mojo19 says:

    this is just for fun by the way. I wanted to think of a possible trade that might make sense for both teams, and I wanted to put Iggy in a Red Wings uniform because this guy is one of my all time favourite players and I think he would get his much deserved cup.

  7. reinjosh says:

    Not a fan of this trade. Its not terrible, I'm just not a huge fan of Hudler or Filpulla. I would target Tatar in any trade. I also love Kronwall but I can't see the wings moving him anytime soon.

    I really like the idea of Pittsburgh targeting him but I'm not sure how they would fit him and also what they have that would entice Calgary to let him go. The only way I see it working is if Staal goes the other way and I don't think Pittsburgh is prepare to let that happen. Maybe Kunitz, Tangradi and a pick but even then salaries would be tight.

    I think St Louis would make a huge push for him. If its true they did with Kovy, I don't see why they wouldn't with Iginla. They have the assets and the winning team and apparently the willingness to win. Same goes for LA.

    I do agree though that he deserves a shot at a cup. One of my favorite players and I hope he gets that chance. It would be a shame to see one of the best power forwards of all time not get one.

  8. reinjosh says:

    Agreed completely. White is as good as gone in my opinion. I think it came down to one or the other and its pretty obvious which one won out. I would bet that Dallas and Columbus make plays for White and try to resign him cheap.

  9. dumbassdoorman says:

    And Columbus has been looking for a puck mover, White could fit the bill there for sure.

  10. dumbassdoorman says:

    I don't think Calgary is going to trade him. He is the face of the franchise and ownership loves him. But if they did it would be for a better package than that.

  11. TimTheBone says:

    Well Like i said in the Calgary thread,….. From what I hear Calgary fans are not opposed to an Iginla trade if it benefits the rebuild… alot of them are actually calling for it

  12. TimTheBone says:

    I don't think Staal is an untouchable the way ppl think…. Pittsburgh needs to spread the wealth and talent to win again… bringing in iginla wouldnt be so bad….

    Iginla, Stajan, 1st

    Staal, Kunitz, Tangradi

    I think it's rather even for both teams…. Calgary gets pieces for the future… Pitts gets thats winger for crosby, a good 2nd line center for Malkin, and a 1st rounder….Kunitz is just to even out the trade cap wise… I don;t think it overly favors either side…. And think of the Pittsburgh powerplay….. Crosby Malkin Iginla gologoski letang…. If that aint top five i dont know what is

    Dupuis Crosby Iginla
    Comrie Stajan Malkin
    Asham Letestu Kennedy
    Rupp Talbot Cooke

    Good looking forward crew

  13. tacitus says:

    lol Iggie is on pace for 50 points.. 10 less then his bad year last year… so trade off to younger better paid guys who combined will out produce Iggie for a guy who is starting to downslope..

    id rather keep the depth… or trade one and tartar… but they dont have cap space for it
  14. reinjosh says:

    The thing is you put him on a team with a center capable of playing with him and he is a 30 goal guy easy. He makes any team better through leadership, talent and hard working play.

  15. dumbassdoorman says:

    He has recently scored 50 without a centre, factor in a centre and motivation to show you are not washed I smell big season from him. It has always been said to not wake Iggy up if you wanna beat the flames, how much bigger wake calls are there then getting traded?

  16. mojo19 says:

    Iginla and Zetterberg would be so deadly together.

    And Josh, you're crazy. Hudler is a sweet player and Filppula is even better. I can see Tacitus not wanting to move depth for a guy who is coming off a lesser year, but when you look at Iginla's stats, historically he is prone to having those 'off years'. Tends to happen when he is the only one carrying the offense on Calgary every year for the last 15 years.

    But look at what happened the year he had Bertuzzi and Cammelleri playing with him. Give him some guys he can gel with and he'll score. He's a classy veteran, he deserves Detroit and they deserve him.

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