Experts Rumor Update: (Trades Are All About Salary, Nothing Else)

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Lasts nights game between the Oilers and Leafs added speculation that the Leafs are considering persuing scoring forward Anson Carter.-The TorontoSun is reporting that the Oilers are going to make deals at this years deadline and most notebly mentioned is Anson Carter. It was rumored that conversations began last March but didn’t see handshakes done – word on press row here has Quinn interests in Carter have been revisited. That started at the meetings in Florida.

-Jarome Iginla being traded by the Calgary Flames before his $7-million paycheques kick in is an “of course”. Iggy isn’t the only one mentioned on the block(i.e. Chris Drury and Bob Boughner).Toronto, for instance, may be hot for Iginla, but the Maple Leafs won’t get him from Button for players such as Carlo Colaiacovo or Brad Boyes, ditto the Philadelphia Flyers with Joni Pitkanen and Jeff Woywitka. This case should be interesting to see how it turns out.

-The Senators keep shopping for a gritty winger to complement all their young shooters. Sharks banger Adam Graves and Bates Battaglia of the Hurricanes have joined Matthew Barnaby on their shopping list reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

-According to a number of reports, the bankrupt Buffalo Sabres have been told by the NHL not to trade their two most expensive players, RW Miroslav Satan and defenseman Alexei Zhitnik. Both earn $3.5 million, but the NHL feels the Sabres will not be able to find a buyer if it purges its best assets(if that makes sense)….

Experts Note:

I do not expect the Sabres to make really any big moves this season as they want to keep there salary at what it is so that any owner can see what budget they would be picking up.

The Sens are in need for a gritty forward as they only remind me of the Sens team in 2000-2001. At team that had sooo much talent and skill, but was out done in the playoffs with toughness and experience.

I expect Jerome Iginla to be dealt sometime around this trade deadline or during the summer. 7.5million is just too much for a Calgary team to spend on one player who prabably will never put the same numbers he did a year ago. I do not expect the Flames to deal Drury this season as they know he would be extremly valuable for a drive next season for the playoffs. Boughner could be dealt to relieve salary but the Flames will not rush into anything.

And for the Leafs, if any indication from what happend with the Kovalev saga its that the Leafs are not willing to open the so called “war chest” for any trade that would have looked such as the Pens and Rangers one. Also what Leaf fans had to learn from the new ownership deal is that the owners don’t look at the Toronto Maple Leafs as a team that needs final commitments hear and there to win Lord Stanley’s Cup, but they look at this Leaf organization as a huge profit and nothing but a huge profit. Hey, the Leafs are noted as one of, if not the most profitable organization in sports….Thats gotta be a great thing to hear, but its not quite what I want to hear. Besides ending our 35year drought……

W.C.


37 Responses to Experts Rumor Update: (Trades Are All About Salary, Nothing Else)

  1. Tony says:

    I have a feeling Detroit or Colorado will grab Ignlia. They both have some very young talent that would interest Flames.

    Every year the Toronto media convinces me that they will make a trade but they never do. No reason to think otherwise this year.

  2. Aves21 says:

    I don’t see why the Avs would pick up Ignlia. With the way we are playing, we don’t need him.

  3. saiklo says:

    As far as the Leaf’s not getting Kovalev, they will be happy for it in the future. Why give up 4 good young players and cash for a player that might score 40 goals but will be a minus 20 in the process? That is like trading for a 20 goal scorer.

    In all reality, the Leafs have been real close to a cup these past years, and I believe all they need is good luck, a short series in the playoffs, and health. Belfour has been amazing, and will be just as good during their run.

    I would be willing to bet they would have made the finals last year had Sundin been healthy. If things roll well this season, the Leaf’s will have as good a chance as anyone in the East to goto the cup finals.

  4. keon says:

    Regarding the Leafs’ new owners, I have heard a couple opinions about how they don’t care about winning the cup, just making money. Doesn’t winning the cup make money???

  5. platinumx15 says:

    nobody….and i dont think the leafs would have included 4 good young players if they got him….

  6. leaffan07 says:

    I have to agree, there must be more profit involved even if you’re paying an extra 8 mill a year for a marquee player, especially with those $535.00 seats in the finals.

  7. Genius says:

    I hope the leafs get 1 of these players

    1.Nolan

    2.Palffy

    3.Satan

    4.Carter

    5.Yuskie

    Iginla wasn’t included on the list because hes not going anywhere!

  8. wieds says:

    I have to disagree. The leafs are at least two or three players away from the cup. They are a decent team as far as the east goes. But there is no way they could compete with the Stars and Ave’s. Most importantly their defensive zone coverage is horrible, they’re giving up 30+ shots almost every game and a good solid stay at home defencemen is exactly what we need, someone like a Yuskie or a Bougner. After Svehla, Kaberle and McCabe we get very thin on the blueline and need a big body to replace berg and belak. Although all the lines are scoring right now, that certainly has been a concern for a better part of the season. I think the leafs also need a reliable sniper for that second line, someone like a satan or to a lesser extent a palffy to make sure that we have balanced scoring come the playoffs. In all liklihood however, this won’t happen, MLSE (scrooge) refuses to dish out the money and are still a little hesitant about trading young talent after the mess Ballard made of our team.

  9. wieds says:

    I have to disagree. The leafs are at least two or three players away from the cup. They are a decent team as far as the east goes. But there is no way they could compete with the Stars and Ave’s. Most importantly their defensive zone coverage is horrible, they’re giving up 30+ shots almost every game and a good solid stay at home defencemen is exactly what we need, someone like a Yuskie or a Bougner. After Svehla, Kaberle and McCabe we get very thin on the blueline and need a big body to replace berg and belak. Although all the lines are scoring right now, that certainly has been a concern for a better part of the season. I think the leafs also need a reliable sniper for that second line, someone like a satan or to a lesser extent a palffy to make sure that we have balanced scoring come the playoffs. In all liklihood however, this won’t happen, MLSE (scrooge) refuses to dish out the money and are still a little hesitant about trading young talent after the mess Ballard made of our team.

  10. wieds says:

    I have to disagree. The leafs are at least two or three players away from the cup. They are a decent team as far as the east goes. But there is no way they could compete with the Stars and Ave’s. Most importantly their defensive zone coverage is horrible, they’re giving up 30+ shots almost every game and a good solid stay at home defencemen is exactly what we need, someone like a Yuskie or a Bougner. After Svehla, Kaberle and McCabe we get very thin on the blueline and need a big body to replace berg and belak. Although all the lines are scoring right now, that certainly has been a concern for a better part of the season. I think the leafs also need a reliable sniper for that second line, someone like a satan or to a lesser extent a palffy to make sure that we have balanced scoring come the playoffs. In all liklihood however, this won’t happen, MLSE (scrooge) refuses to dish out the money and are still a little hesitant about trading young talent after the mess Ballard made of our team.

  11. wieds says:

    I have to disagree. The leafs are at least two or three players away from the cup. They are a decent team as far as the east goes. But there is no way they could compete with the Stars and Ave’s. Most importantly their defensive zone coverage is horrible, they’re giving up 30+ shots almost every game and a good solid stay at home defencemen is exactly what we need, someone like a Yuskie or a Bougner. After Svehla, Kaberle and McCabe we get very thin on the blueline and need a big body to replace berg and belak. Although all the lines are scoring right now, that certainly has been a concern for a better part of the season. I think the leafs also need a reliable sniper for that second line, someone like a satan or to a lesser extent a palffy to make sure that we have balanced scoring come the playoffs. In all liklihood however, this won’t happen, MLSE (scrooge) refuses to dish out the money and are still a little hesitant about trading young talent after the mess Ballard made of our team.

  12. wingsrock34 says:

    why the hell eould the wings want iggy or his $ the payroll is high enough now but if they do pick up anyone is should be palffy (i would love to get oats back with hull but thats like one in a million)

  13. bruinfan37 says:

    I could see Tanguay going to Calgary as a part of a deal with iggy. am I crazy?

  14. Sundinfan says:

    no way at 7 million dollars a year???????? are you out of your mind?

  15. wieds says:

    I have to disagree. The leafs are at least two or three players away from the cup (getting roberts back fills one of those holes). They are a decent team as far as the east goes. But there is no way they could compete with the Stars and Ave’s. Most importantly their defensive zone coverage is horrible, they’re giving up 30+ shots almost every game and a good solid stay at home defencemen is exactly what we need, someone like a Yuskie or a Bougner. After Svehla, Kaberle and McCabe we get very thin on the blueline and need a big body to replace berg and belak. Although all the lines are scoring right now, that certainly has been a concern for a better part of the season. I think the leafs also need a reliable sniper for that second line, someone like a satan or to a lesser extent a palffy to make sure that we have balanced scoring come the playoffs. In all liklihood however, this won’t happen, MLSE (scrooge) refuses to dish out the money and are still a little hesitant about trading young talent after the mess Ballard made of our team.

  16. OldNord says:

    The Oilers will never trade Carter until this summer (RFA). They’re wrestling for a playoff spot and I don’t want they fail again this year.

    I don’t think Drury is on the trade block. Calgary’s desperately need someone to built the team around. His leadership could help for the nearly future and he will never command a 4 or 5 millions by season. Iginla had a big salary and he will eventually go. Cgy must stop the fall.

    Battaglia was solid in the playoff last year. He’s not putting the expected numbers offensively like McCauley with Leafs this season, but went come playoffs time…who knows? He brings toughness. Ottawa could take a chance with him.

    Buffalo’s not dead. They should keep their players for next year except maybe for Zhitnik and another RFA this summer ex.Gratton or Warrener, building around Satan,Biron… and the youngs players they’ll might receive in a package deal (Gratton/Zhitnik…).

  17. mikster says:

    Obviously, first hint when picturing where Iginla would end up…Eastern Conference.

    Possible teams:

    Leafs would take him any day, however, they will lose out on Igilna. Boyes and Calaiacovo would interest ANY team….but the Flames want a starter. Nik Antropov? Ok…who is the other starter though? It’s just a tough situation for the Leafs.

    I say avoid acquiring Iginla. He is not worth Antropov, Boyes, and Colaiacovo. Why give up a starter who has been producing this season, would definitely produce next season, plays solid with your Franchise players, comes in cheap. WHy give up Boyes who, i think, will probably make the Leafs line up next season? Why? He will add depth. Colaiacovo better be left alone….he should be considered priceless for the Leafs.

    All that value for a young power forward who already makes big bucks, will definitely help scoring, and adds depth.

    I say the Leafs should go after Zig Zag Palffy. He is a pure finisher, and his trade value is basically half of Iginla’s.

    The Flyers? Unless Gagne is in there, forget about it. Again, Flames do not want prospects. Flyers already gave up on Brendl bust, as it was projected all season long, why should they trade defense prospects? Also, the Flames have depth in that department anyway.

    Flyers have Gagne, Williams, and i guess a guy like Somik? But, if Clarkey doesn’t want to give Gagne, then he shouldn’t even call Button’s phone number.

    Who else in the east? Not the Devils!!! Not Boston….not anyone else!

    The Flames should say screw it and deal Iggy in the Western Conference.

    The Avs are looking for a center, but maybe they can try and swing a deal elsewhere to get a center for cheap, then hunt Iginla.

    Sharks should hunt Iginla.

    Detroit should as well as the Blues.

  18. Tony says:

    Pallfy is going to get a 7.5 million next year, and he has only 1 more goal then Ignlia. Pallfy is playing with two great players too. I would take Ignlia over Pallfy any day.

  19. Kraftster says:

    Ziggy is by NO MEANS playing with two great players. He’s doing that WHEN Allison is healthy, but what other player on the King’s is great? Deadmarsh? no. Smolinski? no. I don’t know who you are referring to?? The king’s have had men down all year, palffy has played strong and he hasn’t had much help. Get the facts straight.

    Iginla isn’t going anywhere!! And anyone who says he’ll never produce like last year, please!! Iginla has been playing on a VERY dismal flames squad and has been banged up all year. He’s been in the lineup, but banged up. No way the Flames should trade him, regardless of what he costs!! He’s one of the top 5 future franchise players. He is the flames frachise player right now!

  20. Kraftster says:

    IGINLA isn’t going anywhere!! No way!!

    I agree Gagne would have to be involved, but if I were Cal I wouldn’t be so sure I’d want that!

    First of all, regardless of what people say about iginla never producing point totals like last year, he will. He will be one of the top 5 Franchise players in the league! He’s been playing hurt practically all season on a truely dismal flames squad. He’s 25 years old, don’t give up on him yet!! But speaking of gagne, he plays with fairly high quality linemates each night (i know he’s hurt now), but he has not been really to good this year at all. He looks like he lacks all confidence! Like Iginla he is still very young, and I am by no means saying people should give up on Gagne, but is he worth iginla right now? I don’t think so. I know there would be more involved, but he’d be the selling point, and I don’t know if I’d bite on that deal right now!

  21. infoengine says:

    I can see Anson Carter on his way to Los Angeles. I think it makes sense.

    I don’t think Palffy is going anywhere unless it is a rediculously good offer.

  22. infoengine says:

    I can see Anson Carter on his way to Los Angeles. I think it makes sense.

    I don’t think Palffy is going anywhere unless it is a rediculously good offer.

  23. Tony says:

    Yeah but you have to realize that the Flames are more worried about surviving these next few years and not the future. If that means dumping salary then thats what they will do.

    I never said Pallfy wasn’t great either but I would rather have Ignlia on my team because he has everything a team would want.

  24. Seattleaf says:

    I wanna see the leafs solve their defense woes with Matheiu Schneider and solve their offensive woes with Anson Carter or Miro Satan… Palffy would kick ass too

  25. jacosta says:

    Colorado will get Iginla if he goes anywhere. Someone in the other posts wrote that Colorado could offer skoula and tanguay or even vrbata. These are all players that could do well for both teams.

    Pierre Lacroix is rumored to be retiring and he will pass the team onto his son as the next GM. Colorado is always making pretty big deadline deals. If any team gets Iginla it will be Colorado.

  26. jacosta says:

    Its been a known fact that Pat Quinn has always liked the play of Anson Carter. His name has been mentioned here many times. He is also a Scarborough boy ( a suburb within Toronto) and would love to play for the leafs.

    I don’t know if Oilers will trade him during this season but if they are expect Toronto to hard after him and not Palffy. Quinn doesn’t want anymore Europeans that could fold in the playoffs.

    This would be the biggest move the leafs will make, Look for Boughner or Yushkevich to come back also.

    I repeat, no nolan, no satan, no palffy

    small moves, Boughner, Sanderson , and the biggest would be an Anson carter

  27. jacosta says:

    Colorado will get Iginla if he goes anywhere. Someone in the other posts wrote that Colorado could offer skoula and tanguay or even vrbata. These are all players that could do well for both teams.

    Pierre Lacroix is rumored to be retiring and he will pass the team onto his son as the next GM. Colorado is always making pretty big deadline deals. If any team gets Iginla it will be Colorado.

  28. amazing_jesse says:

    Iggy and Carter will be very tough trades to pull off – I doubt a Philly or Leafs will take the chance because it will involve ripping up their lineups and they are looking good going into the playoffs.

    Iggy and Carter might be traded but only as part of a mutually restructuring trade between 2 teams out of the playoffs like LA, SJ, Chicago etc.

    The Leafs will only land a player if they can get him for prospects, picks and lesser players on the current roster like McCaulay, Jackman etc. Same goes for the Flyers.

    But still, this will be a GREAT year for trades for sure.

  29. Aetherial says:

    Not in Leaf Land.

    Winning Cup = maybe 4 more home games in the playoffs that is about it. That will not make up for a couple multi-million dollar FA’s

    The Leafs have long since tapped out their market. It is consistent, but there is not much room to *grow* financially.

  30. Mackel says:

    This might be an ok deal:

    To Calgary:

    Alex Tanguay

    Martin Skoula

    3rd rounder

    To Colorado:

    Jarome Iginla

    Bob Boughner

    Craig Berube

  31. Genius says:

    I forgot about Amonte

  32. IllinoisAVSfan says:

    Ummmm, yea! Who wouldnt like to see any one of those guys in their teams jersey?

  33. IllinoisAVSfan says:

    Ummmm, yea! Who wouldnt like to see any one of those guys in their teams jersey?

  34. Tradedude says:

    I’m still saying Iginla WILL stay Iginla is staying in Calgary. ‘Nuff said.

    Other than that, I agree on you stating Carlo should be priceless. I think this kid has absolute promising NHL calibre-defenseman. He stills needs some improvement on his upperbody though.

    Same goes with your Tjutin, he should be kepy priceless, and so far am glad to see him in no rumors as of yet.

    And I think Palffy is over-rated and over-payed. Hey! Sather!!!!

  35. NHLFan1994 says:

    If Iginla goes anywhere it would be the end of the fan base in Calgary. If he goes anywhere it would cost a Sakic,Forsberg,Roenick, etc. to keep fans in Calgary

  36. OldNord says:

    If he has to be traded, CGY will receive young established players. period. His salary is too huge for the organisation and for what he is bring in to the team.

    ex. Tanguay, Reinprecht, Skoula to CGY

    Iginla+2nd or 3rd pick

  37. bruinfan37 says:

    I’d take that if I were a flames fan!!!!!!

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