The latest on Jarome Iginla, Corey Perry, Kris Versteeg, Mike Smith, Sergei Gonchar, Brandon Dubinsky, Alex Kovalev and more.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports two league executives claim Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon is willing to listen to all offers as his club is virtually eliminated from the playoff race only three weeks from the trade deadline. Other than Jonathan Huberdeau, Erik Gudbranson, Jacob Markstrom and Drew Shore, everyone else is considered available. Garrioch claims Kris Versteeg is being shopped and they were prepared to move Stephen Weiss prior to his season-ending wrist injury…Pending UFA goalie Mike Smith wants assurances the Coyotes won’t be moved before committing to a new contract with them…The Colorado Avalanche could move quickly to shop Ryan O’Reilly after February 28, 2014…Columbus Blue Jackets new GM Jarmo Kekalainen apparently wants to move Brandon Dubinsky’s $4.2 million per season contract…Rumor has it Flames GM Jay Feaster has held talks with at least one team to determine Jarome Iginla’s trade value…The Blues, Hurricanes and Rangers are in the market for a defenseman…The potential high asking price for Corey Perry (Garrioch guesses it’ll be a first round pick, two top prospects, a player to help the Ducks now) could ensure he’s not moved by the trade deadline…Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis won’t move pending UFAs Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthur. Defensemen Mike Komisarek and John-Michael Liles is another story…The Hurricanes could be willing to move Jussi Jokinen.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’d add Dmitry Kulikov among those the Panthers won’t move, but otherwise I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to dump some salary…Can’t blame Smith for wanting assurances about the Coyotes future in Glendale. Don’t expect the Coyotes to move him at the deadline if he’s not re-signed by then. They need him if they’re to make the playoffs this season…If O’Reilly becomes the Avalanche’s best player next season, do they still move him? I say, “nay-nay!”…Dubinsky’s salary will be tough to move unless the Blue Jackets are willing to absorb part of it…I’m at the point where I’ll believe Iginla’s being shopped when he’s actually dealt. These rumors about Iginla have been ongoing for two years and nothing’s come of it…The high asking price for Perry is one thing, but I believe the Ducks don’t want to move him when they’ve got a shot at a Stanley Cup run this season…Liles’ contract is longer than Komisarek’s, and if the Leafs are willing to pick up part of the latter’s salary for next season (the last on his contract), they might find a taker…Jokinen for Komisarek?
OTTAWA SUN: Garrioch also reports Senators GM Bryan Murray has been working the phones but is unsure if he’ll be a buyer, seller or a bit of both leading up to the trade deadline. Pending UFA blueliner Sergei Gonchar could be dealt if Murray decides to sell, while a couple of teams are thought to have interest in Colin Greening.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gonchar and Greening won’t be going anywhere if the Senators are still holding a playoff berth by April 3.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports the Flames and Jarome Iginla have not yet begun contract extension talks. Francis believes Iginla has little over a week to inform the Flames if he’ll re-sign, otherwise it’ll set in motion his trade.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It comes down to the willingness of the Flames front office to move Iginla, and his willingness to accept a trade.
KUKLA’S KORNER: CBC’s Elliotte Friedmann reports the Anaheim Ducks want to re-sign Corey Perry, but it probably won’t get done before the trade deadline. Glenn Healy believes Perry could get $9.25 million per season.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks estimates Perry could get a seven-year contract worth between $9.5-$10 million per season on the open market.
NATIONAL POST: Michael Traikos speculates on possible moves by the Maple Leafs at the trade deadline. The obvious assumption is center Tim Connolly is on the market. As for a pending UFA like Clarke MacArthur, Traikos speculates he won’t be moved for a draft pick, but GM Dave Nonis might be willing to move him for a player who could help the Leafs now, like San Jose’s Ryane Clowe. He also believes Mike Komisarek and John-Michael Liles is available, and wondered if Nonis could move Mike Kostka with Jake Gardiner waiting in the wings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Traikos also points out the return from injury of Matt Frattin and Joffrey Lupul could also have an effect upon possible moves by the Leafs. As long as they stay in playoff contention, the Leafs won’t engage in any fire sales. If they move a player, they’ll try to get back a player to help them make the playoffs.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Ryan Getzlaf’s new deal will affect the Penguins efforts to re-sign Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang by next summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Pens were going to find it difficult to re-sign both well before Getzlaf signed his deal. Re-signing Malkin could make it difficult to find the cap space to re-sign Letang, and vice versa. It could also have a significant impact upon the Penguins overall depth. That’s prompted some speculation the Penguins could shop Letang this season, but that’s just absurd. They won’t trade their best d-man now, especially when he still has a year left on his contract.
MIAMI HERALD: George Richards reports Alex Kovalev remains listed on the Florida Panthers roster, but he’s no longer with the team and is exploring other options. If Kovalev finds another team which wants him, the Panthers would try to accommodate him. Retirement is also a possibility for Kovalev.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kovalev’s career seemingly has more lives than a cat, but I’ll be very surprised if another NHL team takes a chance on him now.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers apparently aren’t planning any trades to address their immediate concerns.
NEWOBSERVER.COM’s Chip Alexander recently reported the following via Twitter: “Rutherford said Canes may look to upgrade defense but noted many other teams trying to do same. Said could add a “depth” goalie.”