Should the Flames start their rebuilding process by trading their stars now? Are there any deal imminent for the Sabres? What does the future hold for Canadiens defenseman Chris Campoli and Stars blueliner Nick Grossman? Read on for the latest.
ESPN.COM/THE GLOBE AND MAIL: The Flames recent humiliating 9-0 loss to the Boston Bruins has given rise, once again, to speculation over the Flames shopping Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff and commence rebuilding in earnest.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Will GM Jay Feaster be willing to go that route? He’s said no many times before, and likely will continue to say no from now until the trade deadline, after which the speculation will die down until season’s end, when it’ll pop up again heading into the summer. Ultimately, it’s up to Iginla and Kiprusoff to decide if they’ll accept trades, as it’s believed they won’t ask to be dealt.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports Sabres GM Darcy Regier claims no roster shakeup is imminent as the club’s on-ice struggles continue.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One gets the sense Regier wants to be a “buyer”, but if things don’t improve soon, he could become a “seller”.
LA PRESSE: Richard Labbe reports little used Canadiens defenseman Chris Campoli faces an uncertain future in Montreal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Canadiens gain ground in the standings, he might be used as trade bait to add depth at forward. If the Habs slide out of the playoff race, he’ll be dealt for a draft pick. Either way, unless injuries whack the Habs blueline again, I believe Campoli won’t finish the season with the Canadiens.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika, in response to a reader’s question, suggests the Stars will have to make a decision about defenseman Nicklas Grossman if he’s not re-signed by the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Grossman will be a UFA this summer, and currently earns $1.65 million per season.