Bruins GM merely “window shopping”, plus the latest on John-Michael Liles and Mark Streit.
BOSTON HERALD: Stephen Harris reports the recent frequent scouting forays of Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli (who’ll be in Washington today watching the Capitals and New Jersey Devils) has prompted speculation he’s poised to make a trade. Chiarelli said he’s always on the lookout for anything to improve his club, but claimed his recent scouting trips were the result of his team not playing a lot lately. He said he’s not in the market for anything right now. If Chiarelli does go shopping later in the season, Harris wondered if he might pursue Calgary Flames winger Jarome Iginla, though he expects the asking price would be steep.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Chiarelli will make a move at some point before the trade deadline. For now, his club is playing very well so there’s no rush to make a deal. It remains to be seen if he’ll just add a depth player or pursue a bigger fish like Iginla.
TORONTO SUN: Terry Koshan noted John-Michael Liles will be a healthy scratch tonight for the fourth straight game. Koshan doubts Liles, who’s earning $3.875 million per season through 2015-16, has played his last game as a Leaf, but wondered where the veteran will fit with younger d-men like Jake Gardiner and Morgan Reilly poised to eventually crack the roster full-time. Koshan also suggested Carl Gunnarsson might not be safe.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Liles also has a modified “no-trade” clause. While I wouldn’t rule out a trade, his salary could prove tough to move with the salary cap dropping to $64.3 million next season. He could become an amnesty buyout either this summer or next.
ISLANDERS POINT BLANK: Kevin Schultz noted a Swiss report claiming NY Islanders defenseman Mark Streit is seeking a three-year, $10 million deal with the club, and would be interested in a fourth year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That would work out to $3.333 million per season over those three years, down from the $4.1 million per of his current deal. The Isles might try to squeeze than down to a flat $3 million per. He’s also 35, so a two-three year deal would be a good option, since his salary won’t come off the books if he’s bought out or demoted.