The latest on Daniel Alfredsson, Jarome Iginla, Corey Perry, Jonathan Bernier and more.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggarty reports Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson doesn’t see himself being traded to the Boston Bruins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Why would he? The Senators, despite their injuries, remain very much in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race, with a 5-0-1 record in their last six games (including last night’s 2-1 OT loss to the Bruins). What reason does he have to bail on the Senators, when he didn’t do it two years ago when management decided to blow up the roster in mid-season and rebuild? Alfredsson’s not going anywhere, and it’s pointless for anyone to mention him as a possible trade target for the Bruins or anyone else.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis believes if the Flames successfully signed away center Ryan O’Reilly from the Colorado Avalanche, it would’ve provided Jarome Iginla with an incentive to stay with the club. Francis doesn’t believe this means Iginla won’t stay, but it gives him one less reason not to.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was a desperate attempt to land a good young player who could’ve given the Flames a possible boost into a playoff berth, thus allowing ownership and management to delude themselves further into believing they can still build a successful roster around their ageing superstars. Hopefully, their inability to sign O’Reilly will finally give those who run the Flames the cold slap of reality they need to finally admit they must rebuild, and it starts by moving their ageing stars for the best return possible.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox mused over the possibility of the Maple Leafs landing Corey Perry from the Anaheim Ducks, perhaps by offering up Phil Kessel.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cox isn’t basing this on any info he’s gleaned from speaking with either club, so don’t start buying into the “Kessel-for-Perry” rumors which could start popping up as a result. He’s just speculating over what it might take for the Leafs to land Perry if he becomes available via trade. Kessel for Perry doesn’t sound like a bad deal for either club, though the Ducks would find themselves in a year’s time having to pony up big bucks for Kessel next year or risk losing him to free agency. Anyway, we don’t know what the Ducks have in store for Perry, and I still can’t believe they’d actually move him when they’re playing so well this season. We’ll find out in just over a month’s time.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeff Gordon makes the case for why it would make sense for the Blues to trade for Philadelphia’s Daniel Briere, citing his offensive skills, tenacity, affordability of the last two years of his contract in real dollars ($3 million next season, $2 million in 2014-15), and injuries to Andy McDonald and Vladimir Tarasenko.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sound reasons, though if the asking price for Briere is defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (whom the Flyers reportedly like), then it’s not worth it. This is probably a moot issue anyway, as Briere said he didn’t want to leave Philadelphia and hasn’t been asked to waive his no-movement clause.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Jason Brough ponders if it is time for the LA Kings to shop backup goalie Jonathan Bernier.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I still believe Kings GM Dean Lombardi will wait until this summer to move Bernier, preferring to keep him as Jonathan Quick’s backup for the rest of the season.
USA TODAY’s Kevin Allen reported the following via Twitter: “Look for the Carolina Hurricanes to trade for a veteran defenseman over the next few days.”