Will Miikka Kiprusoff accept a trade? Will the Canucks move Roberto Luongo at the trade deadline? Are the Oilers planning some major moves? Read on to find out!
CALGARY HERALD: George Johnson reports Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff refuses to discuss his trade status with reporters.
SPORTSNET.CA: Mark (no relation) Spector believes Kiprusoff must address the trade talk, especially rumors he would refuse to report to a new team if traded.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kiprusoff doesn’t have to address anything. Iginla got a free pass from the media when he refused to discuss his trade status. They should afford the intensely private “Kipper” the same courtesy.
VANCOUVER SUN: Iain MacIntyre believes Roberto Luongo is the only card Canucks GM Mike Gillis has to play to bring in the second line center his club desperately needs. Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman, however, insists the club isn’t reducing its asking price. MacIntyre noted Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak was once considered a trade targetfor the Canucks last summer, and Bozak is now believed a prime rental player. Elliott Pap reports Luongo remains prepared for any scenario and continues to support Cory Schneider.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bozak won’t be dealt. Leafs GM Dave Nonis recently shot down that notion. I get the sense Canucks management aren’t going to pressured into making a panic move with Luongo. Quite frankly, I don’t see a market for Luongo right now. That could change, of course, but the off-season could be a better time to try to move him than the trade deadline.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples yesterday cited tweets from Boston reporters Kevin Paul Dupont and Joe Haggarty claiming the Boston Bruins were in talks with the Edmonton Oilers, and could have interest in defenseman Ryan Whitney. There’s also “whispers” Ales Hemsky could be the Bruins backup plan if they lost out in the Iginla sweepstakes. Staples also noted a rumor from Haggarty suggesting winger Magnus Paajarvi could be packaged with Whitney. TSN’s Darren Dreger shot down the rumors. Jim Matheson also noted the rumors of the Bruins interest in Whitney, believing they would be a perfect fit for the blueliner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wouldn’t surprise me if the Bruins are “kicking the tires” on Whitney, but I don’t think Hemsky is a suitable “Plan B”, as he lacks the physical edge they hopes they would get with Iginla, and explains why they were pursuing Brenden Morrow before the Penguins got him, and why they’re still believed to have interest in San Jose’s Ryane Clowe.