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As the April 3 NHL trade deadline approaches, speculation continues to swirl around Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla.
Figure top two early candidates for new coach is Lindy Ruff and Jon Cooper, with Ruff probably at the top of the list
— Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO) March 24, 2013
The question isn’t whether perpetual bubble team Dallas will make rentals Jaromir Jagr (who leads the team in scoring), Brenden Morrow, Derek Roy and Eric Nystrom available, the question is whether the Stars will begin a meaningful overhaul by dangling Loui Eriksson?
Because if they do, the Rangers would be mighty interested.
GM Peter Chiarelli likes to get ahead of the pack, but that has proven difficult this year. The Bruins have cap room and Chiarelli wants to bring in an impact forward to help the power play. He’ll go after either Dallas winger Brenden Morrow or Calgary captain Jarome Iginla. It will be costly, though.
The Lightning Sunday morning announced it has fired coach Guy Boucher. The final straw, obviously, was Saturday’s 5-3 loss at Ottawa in which the team, facing a crucial weekend, showed little urgency in allowing four first-period goals.
Assistants Dan Lacroix and Marty Raymond are scheduled to work behind the bench tonight at Winnipeg.
Speculation will immediately begin that former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, who has ties to GM Steve Yzerman through Team Canada, will get the gig. AHL Syracuse coach Jon Cooper also could be a consideration, though it might be a stretch to believe Yzerman would go with another coach untested in the NHL.
“Our team and so many other teams don’t know where they are right now,” Predators general manager David Poile said. “Four or five wins in a row takes you in a very positive direction, and conversely if you went in a tailspin and lost four or five games, it would be very difficult for us or any other team to make the playoffs. You would probably be thinking of making some trades more for next year.”
Toronto Maple Leafs: The Leafs are in the market for a center and possibly a defensemen. It’s possible they won’t have to add on defense if Jake Gardiner proves he can stick around this time and make a difference. But the Leafs definitely are thin at center and could use help there, especially if they want to get back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2004. One name being floated in Toronto is Mike Ribeiro, but it’s not clear what the Washington Capitals want to do with him. He is due to become an unrestricted free agent in July.
Two scouts told me tonight that Jaroslav Halak was on the block, so I asked Doug Armstrong. His answer: “He’s not going anywhere.”
— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) March 21, 2013
The Detroit Red Wings have six games before the NHL trade deadline April 3.
The better they fare during this stretch, the more likely they are to make a move.
Now that Oliver Ekman-Larsson has his six-year, $33 million deal, is Phoenix Coyotes defenceman Keith Yandle available? The answer is, yes, but not in a fire sale.
The belief is that the Coyotes are at their league-imposed salary ceiling, but they’re not being forced to dump salary. They’d trade Yandle — not because of money — but because the Coyotes’ offence is so weak even coach Dave Tippett’s defensive style can’t support an offence that was recently shutout three games in a row.
So any Yandle deal would be like the Colorado-St. Louis deal of two years ago, when Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk and a second round choice (Ty Rattie) went to the Blues, while the Avalanche got Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and a first-round pick. Salary coming and going would have to be nearly equal for Phoenix, and so would relative value of the players.
An easier acquisition from Phoenix would be Steve Sullivan — he’s been a bust there with just five goals, scoring in just three of 27 ‘Yotes games.
Martin Havlat is another name being bandied about. He’s never quite fit in with San Jose despite being exactly what the Sharks needed when they got him — more speed on the wings. The 31-year-old has two more years on his contract (at $5 million per) past this season. Again, he doesn’t necessarily have to be moved now — it can wait for the offseason. He also has a full no-move clause in his deal, so it would be up to him if he went anywhere.
Rangers place Halpern, Caps place Crabb, Canes place Boychuk, Bolts place Lee on Waivers
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 22, 2013
Hopefully we have this right.
The latest rumours have Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla destined to be traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins or Boston Bruins or Los Angeles Kings or Vancouver Canucks or Philadelphia Flyers or Detroit Red Wings.
This is the year to be a seller, and for the teams lingering around the cellar, it’s time to assess the situation, evaluate the roster and start shaping it for next season.
It’s a harsh reality for Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, who hasn’t been in this position since taking over the GM job in October 2006.
We all know the Rangers are looking to add with the NHL trade deadline two weeks from today. General manager Glen Sather is in the market for a right-handed defenseman, the club would like to bulk up on the wing and sure would like to add some scoring punch to boot.
The problem, though, is the Rangers have a limited pool of quality players available for barter. Marian Gaborik is more a Blueshirt than a blue chip.
The trade market is finally starting to heat up.
A day after the NHL’s 30 GMs sat down in Toronto to discuss the state of the game, the table started to be set for deals with the deadline set for April 3.
The NHL’s trade deadline has become one of the true holidays of the professional sports world. It’s the day that a team can declare in one bold move that it’s making a hard push towards a championship, or a day when a general manager decides to throw in the towel on the current campaign and add pieces for the future.
There is no lack of talk going on. Standings are tight making trades tough. FLA, WAS, SJS, CGY, DAL, PIT, BOS, VAN are among most active.
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) March 21, 2013