The latest on Jarome Iginla, Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss, plus speculation on possible moves by the Red Wings.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports the Boston Bruins have the cap space to add a significant player or two by the trade deadline, but GM Peter Chiarelli downplays the possibility, pointing out having the cap space doesn’t mean he’ll make a blockbuster move. Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson and Calgary’s Jarome Iginla have been linked to the Bruins, and LeBrun speculates they might take a look at Anaheim’s Corey Perry if he became available…Jonathan Bernier is the LA Kings prime trade chip but LeBrun isn’t sure if he’ll be moved before the trade deadline or this summer, when he’ll be a restricted free agent…The Penguins have been linked to Iginla, but it remains to be seen what the asking price would be or if Iginla would waive his movement clause…LeBrun doesn’t believe the Canadiens will move Lars Eller. They do have three second round picks plus two third rounders in this year’s draft to draw upon as trade bait, but GM Marc Bergevin may be reluctant to mortgage the future…The Edmonton Oilers have yet to determine if they’re buyers or sellers. If they become sellers, Ryan Whitney and Nikolai Khabibulin are the most likely to move…The Ottawa Senators need offense but GM Bryan Murray won’t deal away youth for a quick-fix. They could move Ben Bishop for the right offer. As for Alfredsson, Murray will leave the decision on his future up to his captain.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps I’m being stubborn, but I just don’t believe Alfredsson will bail on the Senators, especially when they’re battling for a playoff berth. He could’ve left two years ago when Murray blew up the roster and mid-season and commenced rebuilding but didn’t, so I don’t see him doing it now. Even if they drop out of contention, I still don’t believe Alfredsson will demand a trade…Iginla could be available, but of course it all depends upon where the Flames are in the standings by the end of this month, and if he’s willing to move… I don’t believe the Ducks will trade Perry unless the arse goes out of their season between now and April 3…Bernier has played very well in relief of Jonathan Quick this season, so I believe the Kings will wait until this summer to move him. As long as they’re in the playoff hunt, I can’t see them moving Bernier…Bergevin could move one or two of those draft picks if he feels he needs to add depth to his lineup. I agree with LeBrun regarding Eller…I can see Whitney and Khabibulin hitting the trade block very soon…Until Craig Anderson returns fully healthy, the Senators won’t consider moving Bishop.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggarty believes the Boston Bruins need to bolster their third-line depth. Haggarty reports the Bruins have been scouting the San Jose Sharks lately, suggesting Sharks left wing Ryane Clowe (a pending UFA this summer) could be their target. Jarome Iginla, Ryan Smyth and Brenden Morrow could also be available by the trade deadline, as well as Columbus’ Vinny Prospal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of those listed, Clowe might be the easiest to acquire, as his production is down this season and his future with the Sharks appears uncertain. Morrow and Smyth could also be affordable. Prospal, too, but he might be a little more costly to acquire than Clowe, Morrow or Smyth. Iginla would be expensive, which makes me doubt Bruins management is willing to pay the price to land him.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers center Stephen Weiss said he’d like to re-sign with the club, but acknowledged the possibility he may have played his final game with the club. Wrist surgery has ended Weiss’ season, and he’s an unrestricted free agent this summer.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan believes how the Detroit Red Wings fare over the next two-three weeks will determine if they become players by the NHL trade deadline. If they make any moves, Khan thinks they’ll pursue a top-four defenseman or a top-six forward.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James reports the Red Wings cannot mortgage their future by trading away a first round pick or their promising prospects for a quick fix. She suggests Valtteri Filppula could be their most valuable trade asset, but he’s in a contract year which could scare off some suitors. They could shop Johan Franzen, but he’d also be difficult to replace. Defenseman Ian White could be available, but there’s a limit as to what he could fetch. She also believes the Wings are in the market for a top-four defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As with most teams, it’s going to take until the end of this month before the playoff picture becomes clearer for the Red Wings. Even then, if they become buyers, landing an affordable top-four defenseman won’t be easy. I don’t believe they’d move Franzen, and despite Filppula’s contract status, they’ll likely retain him for the rest of the season.