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TSN.CA: Bob McKenzie considers the Boston Bruins the most motivated team to get Jarome Iginla, reporting the Flames seek a first round pick, a primary prospect and a secondary prospect…Pierre LeBrun claims the Pittsburgh Penguins, despite their recent acquisitions of Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray, aren’t out of the Iginla sweepstakes…Darren Dreger suggests the Toronto Maple Leafs could investigate the asking price for Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff. Dreger also wondered if Mike Cammalleri, Mark Giordano and Jay Bouwmeester could be in play once Iginla’s dealt…LeBrun doubts the Vancouver Canucks move Roberto Luongo by the trade deadline…Dreger speculates about a possible off-season swap between the Ducks and Flyers, in which Bobby Ryan is dealt for Sean Couturier in a player-for-player deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve already touched on the Iginla speculation in an earlier post. I’m not sure the Flames would move Kiprusoff now, but they could seriously entertain offers this summer, and wouldn’t doubt the Leafs kick the tires. Bouwmeester’s salary and the declining cap next season makes him tough to move. Ditto Cammalleri, especially given his declining performance. Unless Giordano wants out, I suspect the Flames prefer to keep him…Luongo isn’t going anywhere at the deadline. This summer, perhaps, but not now…The Ducks are confident they can carry Ryan’s salary into next season, but that depends on how they spend their $10.8 million in cap space to fill seven roster spots.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports sources claim the Dallas Stars have opened contract extension talks with Jaromir Jagr, while the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators have interest in Stars center Derek Roy…There’s sizable interest in Sharks winger Ryane Clowe, but one NHL executive claims the asking price is too high right now…Teams are making inquiries about Canucks goalie Cory Schneider, but it’s highly unlikely they’ll move him…Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold is being frequently mentioned in trade rumors.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Stars shop Roy, the Canucks could also have interest in him. Forget about the Canucks moving Schneider, that’s not happening. Leopold could be on the move by deadline day, as he’d be an affordable rental player.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman weighed in on the Iginla trade speculation, claiming some “excellent sources” say Iginla would go to the Vancouver Canucks, though the odds of these two clubs being trade partners are long…He noted Coyotes GM Don Maloney is following the Penguins around, wondering if they’ve got something he wants…Oilers GM Steve Tambellini confirmed he’s had “serious talks” with the agent for pending UFA blueliner Ladislav Smid. Tambellini also dismissed speculation Shawn Horcoff was on the trade block…The Blue Jackets will soon begin contract talks with goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see Iginla going to the Canucks, though it would be a helluva swerve if he did…The Penguins and Coyotes have a recent trade history (Zbynek Michalek). The Coyotes need scoring and have blueline depth to spare. Might be worth watching, though I dunno who the Penguins would be willing to spare…If the Oilers don’t re-sign Smid, their best defensive blueliner (and among the league leaders in hits and blocked shots), Tambellini should be fired…Hands up, anyone surprised by the notion of the Blue Jackets re-signing Bobrovsky.
TORONTO SUN: Terry Koshan reports a source saying not to read too much into rumors of the Maple Leafs having interest in Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Shelly Anderson reports Penguins GM Ray Shero won’t tip his hand if he’s got other deals in the works, but said he’s not planning to trade any of his defensemen.
WASHINGTON POST: Katie Carrera reports Mike Ribeiro’s contract status leaves the Capitals facing a big decision heading toward the trade deadline. The Capitals have improved of late and are moving up the standings, plus Ribeiro’s been their most consistent performer this season. However, the Caps have limited cap space going forward, and Ribeiro seeks a long-term extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Capitals shed salary elsewhere to retain Ribeiro, they’ll either have to keep him for the rest of the season and risk losing him for nothing to free agency, or move him by the deadline and try to get something worthwhile in return.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford reports the Blues trade picture has recently become murky. Rutherford doubts GM Doug Armstrong moves any of his current forwards, while their defense on the left side has improved, with Kris Russell, Wade Redden and Barrett Jackman playing better in recent games. Adding Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester would be a significant upgrade, but his $6.6 million salary for next season is expensive.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t expect the Blues to stand pat, as I believe they’ll still try to bolster their depth on defense on the left side, but I don’t expect them to “go big” for an expensive acquisition.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples reports Sportsnet hockey analyst Doug MacLean believes the Oilers could get a second round pick if they shop Nikolai Khabibulin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Why not? Stranger things have happened during previous trade deadlines.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Mark Purdy speculates the Sharks trading defenseman Douglas Murray to the Penguins yesterday could signal bigger moves ahead for the club, though GM Doug Wilson isn’t going to give up on the season. The Sharks GM intends to retain his own draft picks.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports the NY Islanders are likely to stand pat at the trade deadline, neither trading away pending free agents or bringing in additional depth.