What does the acquisition of Mike Cammalleri mean for Flames captain Jarome Iginla and goalie Miikka Kiprusoff? Are the Flyers about to ship James van Riemsdyk to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Luke Schenn? Read on to find out!
TSN.CA: Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster said his acquisition of Mike Cammalleri means the team is serious about making a run for this year’s playoffs and have no intention of blowing up or rebuilding the roster. Feaster eliminated any thought he would shop team captain Jarome Iginla, saying his goal is to have Iginla finishing his career with the Flames.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis speculates the addition of KHL goalie Karri Ramo, considered the best goaltender in Europe this season, in the Cammalleri trade could eventually spell the end of Miikka Kiprusoff’s reign as the Flames starting goalie.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The acquisition of Cammalleri effectively snuffed out those stupid, wild trade rumors about Iginla. Nice of Feaster, though, to verbalize it for those who may have missed the message the Cammalleri trade spelled out so well. As for Ramo potentially supplanting Kiprusoff, I doubt Ramo will be much of a threat to Kiprusoff in the near future. Still, if he were to out-perform “Kipper” next season, it’s certainly possible that would make the long-time Flames starter a potential trade chip.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi and Frank Seravalli report Flyers sources are denying speculation the club may be about to ship winger James van Riemsdyk to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Luke Schenn. It’s believed the Flyers, thought to be in the market for defensive depth, would make their move for a blueliner closer to the NHL trade deadline on February 27th, as they wish to evaluate young blueliner Erik Gustafsson, who’s returning to action after missing the past two months to a wrist injury. The Flyers are also rumored to have interest in Nashville’s Ryan Suter and Carolina’s Tim Gleason.
SOUTH JERSEY COURIER-POST: Randy Miller reports via Twitter Leafs GM Brian Burke spoke with Schenn yesterday and told him “we are not in trade discussions”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has the luxury of taking his time to evaluate his blueline before making any move between now and the deadline. That the Flyers were scouting the Leafs suggests they have interest in one of their blueliners, though I would guess it might be Cody Franson, rather than Schenn. As for Suter, at the risk of repeating myself, as long as the Predators remain in the playoff chase, they won’t trade him, regardless of the status of his contract talks. Gleason might be a better option as he’d be more affordable, both in salary and return.