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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.
The Edmonton Oilers absolutely should go after Philadelphia Flyers forward Max Talbot. Stanley Cup pedigree and only age 29. Has some personality, plays hard, and even if he has three years left on his deal, it’s only $1.75 million a year. As I recall, he scored two goals in the Penguins’ Stanley Cup-winning game in 2009.
Told #Islanders have begun peliminary talks with D-man Lubo Visnovsky
— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) March 25, 2013
HTR says that it is likely that if he does not resign that he will be traded in the next week
The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly acquired defenceman Douglas Murray from the San Jose Sharks, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.
- With Matt Greene (back) and Willie Mitchell (knee), not returning anytime soon, the Kings are looking for a third-pairing defensive defenceman. The Sabres’ unrestricted free agent Robyn Regehr, who played for Darryl Sutter in Calgary, would be ideal. He’d probably cost them a second-round pick. Buffalo also has unrestricted free-agent Jordan Leopold. Leopold and Regehr were partners on the 2004 Stanley Cup finalist Calgary roster. I suppose Sutter might like Calgary’s Cory Sarich, too, but he has another year left on his contract. Calgary GM Jay Feaster sent a Fax to every team saying Sarich is available.
Just told Flames GM Jay Feaster sent an email to 29 GMs informing Anton Babchuk and Cory Sarich are available. Both have NTCs.
— Mark Spector Sports (@SportsnetSpec) March 24, 2013
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.
NHL trade deadline primer: Western Conference
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS: Since GM Scott Howson was fired, the Jackets have gone on a pretty good run. President John Davidson has said publicly nobody is off limits, but they’ve remained in the hunt. Names available include D Adrian Aucoin, C Derek Brassard and C Vinny Prospal.
DALLAS STARS: There is a lot of heat on GM Joe Nieuwendyk. He hasn’t made a good trade since he took over and any move he makes now is pivotal. Lots of teams are interested in C Derek Roy, RW Jaromir Jagr, C Ray Whitney and LW Brendan Morrow. Are the Stars ready to throw in the towel? Could be it for Nieuwendyk.
DETROIT RED WINGS: The Wings would have been upset to see Perry re-sign with the Ducks. They were prepared to make a big pitch in July. They have depth, but the Wings need to get a star. That’s not going to happen at this deadline because they aren’t just one player away from a Cup run.
EDMONTON OILERS: GM Steve Tambellini has a decision to make: Does he buy or sell? The Oilers have a shot at the playoffs, but can they stay there? None of the young players are available so no need for teams to ask. D Ryan Whitney is available and so is C Sam Gagner, who could fetch help.
Have Flames fans seen the last of Jarome Iginla in Calgary?
Did the stirring ovation given to him following his game-winner late Sunday serve as his last hurrah?
Fans should hope so.
The Penguins and Dallas Stars have a trade in place that would see veteran forward Brenden Morrow headed to Pittsburgh in exchange for a package that would include defenceman Joe Morrow, according to sources.
The deal, however, hinges on Brenden Morrow waiving his no trade clause.
Contrary to what many want to think or believe, I don’t see Marty St. Louis asking to be moved. He has two more years on his contract after this season, even if the Lightning are in the middle of a transitional phase for the franchise. And I have to believe he will retire as a member of the franchise he has been with for a decade and has a job in this organization for life should he want it.
Perhaps Ryan Malone would be somebody teams take a look at, but his left shoulder injury might prevent that from happening. Maybe veteran defenseman Sami Salo, who signed a two-year deal, but he was brought in for experience, something the blue line would be lacking next season if he was to be moved. Salo also has a modified no movement clause.
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