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While Tuukka Rask’s season ultimately ended in disappointment, the Finnish goaltender will be able to take solace in the fact that this summer will see him make a serious amount of money.
The goaltender signed a one-year deal at the start of this shortened season, challenged by the management to prove himself as the No.1 goalie and earn a new contract. And, boy, did he do that.
With Rask’s contract at the Boston Bruins now expired, the 26-year old has reportedly quoted fellow goalie, Carey Price’s $39 million contract with the Montreal Canadians as “the starting point for negotiations”, with Rask well aware of how strong a position he finds himself in this summer.
With Jarome Iginla now a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli is moving on.
He’d still like to add a forward and a defenseman before next week’s trade deadline and he’s pouring through both potential UFA rental players, and deeper investments that would require giving up more in terms of talent and salary.
Ryan Whitney likes being an Edmonton Oilers defenceman, but if GM Steve Tambellini called him up and said he was going to the Boston Bruins in a trade, I’m sure Whitney’s heart would skip a few beats.
He was born in Boston, went to one of hockey’s better prep factories in Thayer Academy (Jeremy Roenick’s school), attended Boston University, played for the legendary Jack Parker, who just retired. Follows all things Beantown.
This would be the perfect landing spot for Whitney.
With speculation that Iginla could be headed to the Boston Bruins, McKenzie added that defenceman Matt Bartkowski, prospect Alexander Khokhlachev, and a first-round draft pick could be headed to Calgary in return.
Iginla has been pulled from the lineup for tonights Flames game and Bob McKenzie from TSN is reporting that Jordan Caron and Matt Bartkowski were perhaps on way out.
Looks like the Iginla deal to the Bruins is right on the verge of happening.
Rumors today in BOS were Jordan Caron and Matt Bartkowski were perhaps on way out. Caron in, Bartkowski scratched, Krug called up.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 28, 2013
Here’s something important to keep in mind as the Ryane Clowe situation plays itself out before next Wednesday’s trade deadline.
Clowe has a full no-trade clause. The San Jose Sharks have to run this thing by him in order to get a deal done.
Which means if, for whatever reason, Clowe doesn’t believe a certain team is a good fit, he can nix it. Although, in the same vein, Sharks GM Doug Wilson did well by Douglas Murray in the move to Pittsburgh, and the sense is that Wilson and Clowe have a good line of communication on what’s transpiring.
Chiarelli told CSNNE.com last weekend that he’s looking for a defenseman as well as a winger to enhance Boston’s roster, and a puck-moving left shot blueliner would be at the top of the list. In a perfect world the defenseman would also serve as the power play quarterback that Tomas Kaberle never was two years ago for Boston on its way to the Stanley Cup.
The perfect name at the top of Boston’s list would be Swiss defenseman Mark Streit, who is entering the final month of his walk year with the New York Islanders as an offensive defenseman. Those within the Isles organization have sent out of the smoke signals that they’re hoping to sign Streit to a contract extension, and they sit only a couple of points out of a playoff spot. Streit has five goals and 16 points along with a minus-14 for the Bruins this season, and six of fellow defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky’s nine points this season have been on the power play.
Because of all those factors and Iginla’s popularity in Calgary, its believed Feaster is seeking two prospects and a first-round pick for a player that’s set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. A source indicated to CSNNE.com that the Flames are enamored with Bruins 2012 first-round pick Malcolm Subban as an heir apparent to the aging Miikka Kiprusoff in Calgary.
Given that the Bruins were discussing Alex Khokhlachev with the Dallas Stars in exchange for Morrow, a package of Subban, Khokhlachev and a first-round pick is likely in the neighborhood of what Feaster is seeking for Iginla. That’s too rich for Boston’s blood for a rental that will play roughly 10 regular season games plus a playoff run, even if Iginla is a veteran superstar hungering for a Cup that could be exactly what the Bruins are looking for.
What kind of package it takes to land Iginla remains to be seen, but with longtime backstop Miikka Kiprusoff nearing the end, the Flames would certainly have keen interest in the B’s top goalie prospect, Malcolm Subban. Other trade bait could include forwards Alexander Khokhlachev and Ryan Spooner, and defensemen Matt Bartkowski, Torey Krug and David Warsofsky.
Bruins need help
Even before the Bruins lost two regulars — Chris Kelly (broken foot) and Adam McQuaid (shoulder injury) — for the rest of the regular season, they were looking for help.