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TSN.CA: Darren Dreger reports the Boston Bruins and Jarome Iginla hope to work out a deal to keep him with the Bruins. They currently lack the tag room or the cap space to sign him now, but it could get done in the off-season…Pierre LeBrun reports the Ottawa Senators are pleased with trade deadline-acquisition Ales Hemsky. GM Bryan Murray would like to re-sign him and has reached out to Hemsky’s agent…LeBrun also reports the St. Louis Blues are very keen to re-sign recently-acquired goalie Ryan Miller. Colleague Bob McKenzie suggests Miller could be waiting to see what the Anaheim Ducks do in the off-season. McKenzie claims there was speculation the Ducks unsuccessfully attempted to acquire Miller from the Sabres. Miller’s wife is an actress so signing with a California-based team would be good for him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins currently have over $62.5 million invested in 17 players for next season. Under NHL tagging rules, their payroll for next season cannot exceed this season’s cap ceiling ($64.3 million). That also includes bonus-laden contracts. The Bruins also cannot put Marc Savard on LTIR until the start of next season. Right now we only have projections of what next season’s cap ceiling might be. It won’t be officially announced until sometime in June. Once the cap ceiling is known, the Bruins can move to sign Iginla or their other free agents…Re-signing Hemsky could also determine if the Senators re-sign Jason Spezza, who has a year remaining on his contract. Hemsky made $5 million this season but I doubt he gets that from the Sens. He’ll likely have to accept less if he wants to stay with Ottawa…If the Ducks have a strong playoff run I believe they’ll re-sign Jonas Hiller, leaving the Blues as the best option for Miller.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Montreal fans and pundits are hoping Vanek will fall in love with playing in Montreal and re-sign with the Habs. I’ll be very surprised if that happens. His off-season home is in Minnesota, where he met his wife and played his college hockey. Regardless of how things go for Vanek and the Habs over the rest of the season, I believe he’ll be signing with the Wild.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis noted Flames winger Mike Cammalleri has been on an offensive tear since the trade deadline. Francis doubts Cammalleri, an unrestricted free agent this summer, will re-sign with the Flames.