More speculation over Jarome Iginla’s future, the Jets need to address their weaknesses, Tomas Vokoun’s season may be over and the Flyers could pursue Ryan Suter this summer.
CALGARY SUN/CALGARY HERALD: Flames captain Jarome Iginla faced the inevitable questions over his future with the club yesterday, but couldn’t offer up sufficient answers. Iginla has a full “no-movement” clause and could quash any attempt to move him, but it’s believed if the management wanted to move him, Iginla wouldn’t stand in the way. He has one year, at $7 million, remaining on his contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames need to rebuild, and Iginla is one of their best trade chips they can use to bring back a return which could help that process. They risk losing him to free agency next summer for nothing if they decide not to re-sign him. If there’s a good deal to be had, and if Iginla is willing to accept it, they must seriously consider this option.
WINNIPEG SUN: Kirk Penton recently reported what caused the Jets downfall this season was there “wasn’t enough talent up front, the defensive corps could have used a little more size, and the goaltending, while probably the best of the three primary areas of the squad, still could have been a little better.” Among the questions posed is how to increase their scoring, as well as determining which of their UFAs (Jim Slater, Tanner Glass, Tim Stapleton, Kyle Wellwood, Randy Jones, Mark Flood and Chris Mason) will be back. Wellwood, out for the rest of the season with a broken foot, hopes to return with the Jets next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the Jets scoring could improve next season as Blake Wheeler and Evander Kane improve, they could use another experienced, consistent scorer. Management appears unwilling to go shopping for a big name sniper in the off-season, but that doesn’t mean they won’t consider options for an affordable one. As for Wellwood, I believe he’s the most likely of the Jets UFAs to be re-signed.
CSNWASHINGTON: Chuck Gormley recently reported a recent groin injury suffered by Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun could spell the end of his season, as well as of his short tenure with the Capitals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Vokoun experiment was a failure for the Capitals, and I expect they’ll turn full time to Michal Neuvirth and Braden Holtby next season.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch recently reported the Philadelphia Flyers could pursue Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter if he tests this summer’s UFA market.