Where, oh where, could Jarome Iginla go? Are the Sharks and Flyers planning a big move? Read on for the latest on the Flames and Sharks.
RDS.CA: Renaud Lavoie yesterday reported Jarome Iginla has given the Calgary Flames a list of four teams he’d accepted as trade destinations. The Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins are supposedly on the list.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports the Flames fan base, for the first time, is onside with the club moving Iginla, not because they don’t like him anymore, but because they feel a trade is what’s best for him and the struggling club. Francis believes a bidding war for Iginla could land the Flames “a late first-rounder, a solid prospect and perhaps a top-nine forward.”
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson believes the Penguins acquisition yesterday of Brenden Morrow takes them out of the Iginla sweepstakes. He claims the rumoured asking price is “a top-four defence prospect, a roster player and a first-round draft pick from any team.” He also suggests a more likely trade for Calgary could be goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, who has one year left on his contract at an actual salary of $1.5 million.
SPORTSNET.CA: Mark (no relation) Spector cites a source claiming the Flames are seeking “TWO prospects and a draft pick” for Iginla. The Flames are also believed shopping defensemen Cory Sarich and Anton Babchuk.
BOSTON HERALD: Steve Conroy believes the Flames might have interest in Bruins prospect goalie Malcolm Subban as part of a return for Iginla.” Other trade bait could include forwards Alexander Khokhlachev and Ryan Spooner, and defensemen Matt Bartkowski, Torey Krug and David Warsofsky.”
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggarty also speculations Subban could be of interest to the Flames. Other wingers which could interest the Bruins include Iginla’s Flames teammate Curtis Glencross and Colorado’s David Jones. Haggarty writes indications are the Flames won’t be seriously listening to offers until next week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks, Kings and Bruins may be on Iginla’s list, but are they willing to pay the asking price to get him? And are they genuinely interested? The Blackhawks management won’t make any major shakeups now, and if they do make a move, it could be for a center, not a winger. The Bruins need to bolster their checking line depth, while the Kings’ need for an experienced defenseman could be of more importance than landing a high-profile winger. It’s possible none of them could have serious interest in Iginla. We’ll find out soon enough.
As for Kiprusoff, well, that remains to be seen. The fact the Flames lack a suitable replacement for Kipper in their system suggests they could wait until next summer to move him, unless they’re able to land one first in a trade of Iginla. Bouwmeester’s big salary and next season’s declining salary cap will likely keep him in Calgary for another season, but I could see Sarich and/or Babchuk possibly moved by April 3.
CSNBAYAREA.COM/CSNPHILLY.COM: Kevin Kurz and Tim Panaccio report San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson and Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren were spotted having a lengthy chat during Saturday’s Sharks-Wild game in Minnesota. Both report the Flyers are believed to have interest in Sharks veteran defenseman Dan Boyle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg for the Kurz link. If the Flyers are on Boyle’s list of clubs he’s won’t accept being dealt to, it would be a pointless endeavor by Holmgren. Undoubtedly Holmgren continues his search for a long-term replacement for the injured Chris Pronger. Given what little is currently available right now, it might be best to wait until the off-season, when the options could be better and there are other ways (hello there, compliance buyouts!) to free up cap space to add a puck-moving defenseman who could have a long-term future with them, rather than an ageing star like Boyle.