NEWS AND RUMOURS FLYING AROUND
For the last two months, Jerome Iginla has been almost traded to Toronto, Colorado, NY Rangers, New Jersey…and the list goes on and on.
“My intention has not been to move Jarome Iginla,” says GM, Craig Button, who then maybe tips his hand in the opposite direction when he continues. “But given the druthers between being in last place in the conference and spending a lesser amount of money as opposed to more money, it’s just a straight business move” (faceoff.com)
There really is no question that Iginla will be moved, it’s just a matter of when. The Flames could pull a deal at the trade deadline, or they could wait until this summer. It is no secret, whatever the deal is, the Flames want 2-3 game-ready players in return. Players that will make the Flames a better club. Iginla will not be traded just for the sake of making the trade.
It was said on the SCORE last week by their hockey analysts that the Vancouver Canucks are interesting in gritty sniper Jeff O’Neill. They think that O’Neill could be had for prospects and draft picks. Earlier this season, I do remember Burke saying that there was room in the budget to add another player. (theinsiders.com)
There have been a number of rumors going around lately that Eugene Melnyk is interested in purchasing the Vancouver Canucks. tsn.ca reports that Melnyk stated, in an e-mail, “(There is)No truth to this rumour,” he wrote, noting that he had previously said he was only interested in the Ottawa Senators. “As I had indicated in my statement, I don’t have any interest in other NHL franchises.”
John McCaw Jr., the Canucks owner, has said he wants to lessen his stake in the team and find local ownership. (Globe and Mail)
There have been rumours stated on TSN, Sportsnet, the SCORE, the Toronto Sun, and just about every other media source in North America that covers the NHL, since the Rangers traded for Kovalev, that the Leafs are aggressively pursuing the current Shark captain, Owen Nolan. It was also discussed, briefly, on Saturday’s Hot Stove on HNIC.
It was no secret that the Leafs tried to get Kovalev from the Pens. Now that he is a Ranger, is Nolan “Plan B”?
Other players on the block…
I don’t suspect there will be a lot of action, as the hype usually outweighs the reality of most deals, however, due to a few teams’ circumstances: salary dumps, unexpected playoff contentions, and unrespect playoff miscontentions, there will be enough cause for a few hum-dingers before the deadline.