Category Archives: Trade Rumors
Vancouver needs to bulk up at centre — and Roberto Luongo is the only ace up general manager’s sleeve
This brings us back to Luongo. Years of suspect drafting and trading picks, by this regime and the one that preceded it, has left the Canucks without a bankroll of prospects from which to purchase help at the deadline.
They can’t afford to trade Nicklas Jensen or Brendan Gaunce or Frank Corrado or this year’s first-round pick. Who they can afford to lose is Luongo.
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
It wouldn’t be a trade deadline without banter about Ales Hemsky’s availability. A year ago the rumors were put to bed when Hemsky signed a two-year, $10 million extension. Now his name is surfacing, although almost it seems out of habit in media commentary as opposed to actual signs that the Oilers are shopping him.
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.
-Calgary GM Jay Feaster is asking for goaltender Malcolm Subban to be part of any package from Boston. Boston GM Peter Chiarelli flatly refuses to include Subban in any package.
Don’t confuse interest with current trade talks or offers. Toronto would like to add a vet goalie. IF Kipper is avail, calls will be made.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 26, 2013
What the Canucks do have is one too many No. 1 goalies. They will spend the lead-up to April 3 trying to finally close on the long-anticipated Roberto Luongo trade.
It’s time to shut the book on a saga that has drifted on way too long. If they can’t pull the trigger on a Luongo-for-a-centre deal, consider it a failure for an organization that will have one of its best assets sitting on the bench for every playoff game.
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.
The Sportsnet panel of Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean, both NHL insiders, weighed in on the Edmonton Oilers possibly trading 40-year-old goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, who has a gaudy .927 save percentage in 2013.
“The big guy, obviously, that stands out is Khabibulin,” Kypreos said, when assessing Oilers’ trade prospects. “You don’t want to miss the playoffs and have Khabibulin at the end of the year.”
— Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell) March 25, 2013
Surely, the Pittsburgh Penguins are done shopping.
It was certainly assumed by many that the acquisition of winger Brenden Morrow would rule the Pittsburgh Penguins out of the Jarome Iginla bidding.
Not so, a source told ESPN.com Monday.