It’s not an April Fool’s joke. With the trade deadline fast approaching, the rumor mill has gone into overdrive. Read on for the latest on Kiprusoff, Pominville and many more.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports his TSN colleague Aaron Ward reports the Toronto Maple Leafs have been granted permission by the Calgary Flames to speak with Miikka Kiprusoff. No deal is imminent but the Flames and Leafs continue to talk. The Leafs were also linked to Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, but LeBrun claims the Leafs and Canucks haven’t spoken with each other since last week.
TSN: Darren Dreger also reported the Leafs are willing to discuss a contract extension with Kiprusoff, though such negotiations actually can’t take place until the off-season. The Flames goalie has one year at a cap hit of $5.83 million left on his contract, though in actual salary it’s worth $1.5 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I understand why Leafs GM Dave Nonis would prefer to have a goalie with playoff experience, but James Reimer and Ben Scrivens have done okay as the Leafs tandem and are one reason why the club is poised to clinch its first playoff berth in eight years. Don’t see the sense in dealing for Kirpusoff at this juncture. The Leafs would also have to shed some cap space if they do acquire “Kipper” before next season .
TVA SPORTS’ Patrice Caisse reports the following on Jason Pominville via Twitter: “Buffalo Sabres asked Jason Pominville to prepare a list of eight teams where he doesn’t want to be traded.”
RDS.CA’s Renaud Lavoie chimes in: “Darcy Regier told Jason Pominville that with the team current situation, he needs to see what’s out there.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lots of things happening quickly today regarding the Sabres. As for Pominville, submitting his list doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be moved by the deadline, but it certainly would make deadline day a helluva lot more entertaining if he is in fact in play.
TSN.CA: Bob McKenzie reports Ryane Clowe is expected to be a healthy scratch when the Sharks face the Canucks Monday evening.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shades of the hours before Jarome Iginla was dealt.
USA TODAY: Kevin Allen lists five scenarios to watch leading up to deadline day. Among them: what moves the Sabres, Bruins and Flames have in store, as well as the trade status of Dallas Stars center Derek Roy and Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney.