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TAMPA BAY TIMES: Damian Cristodero wonders Martin St. Louis and Lightning GM Steve Yzerman might have a conversation about a possible move by the trade deadline. He speculates the possibility of moving St. Louis might not be far-fetched.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It can’t be ruled out, but it would certainly be surprising if Yzerman tried to shop St. Louis, or if he were to ask Yzerman for a trade. As Cristodero notes, it’s merely speculation on his part, and not an indication any such conversation has happened between the two.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports league sources claim the Buffalo Sabres, counter to GM Darcy Regier denials, intend to ‘blow up’ their roster as pretty much every player is available by the trade deadline. He claims they’re not moving Thomas Vanek or top prospects Marcus Foligno, Cody Hodgson or Alexander Sulzer, and nobody will take on Tyler Myers’ contract. Jason Pominville is believed available and Garrioch believes Drew Stafford the most likely to be dealt…The asking price for Jarome Iginla is believed to be a No. 1 pick, a prospect and a roster player, and it’s believed the “Penguins, Predators, Sharks, Red Wings and Bruins” could have interest…Expect Capitals center Mike Ribeiro to be dealt. The Bruins, Canucks, Senators and Leafs may be looking for forward depth…Garrioch expects the Red Wings, “Habs, Leafs, Senators, Rangers and Flyers” could make pitches for Corey Perry, but Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray won’t move him unless he gets an irresistible offer…The Flyers and Kings have had talks with the Flames about defenseman Jay Bouwmeester…Mike Smith may be willing to re-sign with the Coyotes if they offer up $6 million per season…The Leafs are willing to pay half of Mike Komisarek’s $3.5 million salary if anyone’s interested in acquiring him…Sharks UFAs Ryane Clowe, Douglas Murray and Michal Handzus are believed available. “The Habs, Bruins and Penguins have interest in Clowe”…Garrioch doesn’t believe the Jets will trade Dustin Byfuglien, but suggests Evander Kane, Ron Hainsey and Alexander Burmistrov are “on the trade radar”…The Canadiens might have interest in Buffalo defenseman Robyn Regehr, and there’s “whispers” Brian Gionta could be moved in the off-season….The Stars could move Brenden Morrow and Derek Roy. Garrioch believes Boston would be a good fit for Morrow.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I also doubt the Sabres move their top prospects, though Sulzer (28) hardly qualifies as a “prospect”. For that matter, neither are Foligno and Hodgson, who are full-fledged young NHLers. They could keep Vanek for one more season, but it seems unlikely he’ll re-sign by next summer if the Sabres are still floundering. Pominville would certainly attract interest, but the struggling Stafford’s contract could scare off any interest, especially with the salary cap dropping next season…I think we can all agree the Flames won’t just give Iginla away. It’s still anyone’s guess if he’ll be dealt…Unless the Capitals shed salary elsewhere to re-sign Ribeiro, they have little choice but to shop him for the best return at the deadline…Corey Perry won’t be dealt. The Ducks are serious Cup contenders and need him to make a run this spring, even if they lose him to free agency…If the Flames are still in the playoff chase, they won’t move Bouwmeester, who has one year left on his contract…I think Smith is more concerned over the Coyotes ownership than what he’ll get from them for a contract, though $6 million per would be market value for a goalie of his caliber…If the Leafs are willing to pick up half of Komisarek’s contract, and no one’s jumped on that yet, it doesn’t say much for his trade value…If the Sharks slip out of playoff contention, I would expect them to start shopping some of their UFAs. They want to keep Clowe, but with $53 million invested in 13 players and the cap dropping to $64.3 million next season, I don’t see how they can do it without shedding salary elsewhere…If the Jets slide out of playoff contention, Hainsey and Burmistrov could be available, but not Kane, and certainly not Byfuglien…I would think the Habs would want a little more size up front. As for Gionta, with one season at $5 million left on his contract, I don’t see any takers via trade. They could buy him out, but I think they still value his leadership and experience.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Eric Duhatschek doesn’t believe Jarome Iginla is a good fit for the LA Kings, especially with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter in the lineup, and doesn’t believe they’ll part with backup Jonathan Bernier while starter Jon Quick is having an erratic season…He believes Toronto and Detroit could be contenders for Anaheim’s Corey Perry if he hits the free agent market. It’s believed Perry would prefer to move back to the East, preferably close to Ontario…There’s talk of Dallas’ Derek Roy ending up with the Vancouver Canucks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Excellent rebuttal about the “Iginla to Kings” rumors. Two years ago, that move would’ve made sense. Not now, and not with Bernier in the deal, given Quick’s play this season. Bernier will be dealt, but this summer, not during this season…If Perry truly wants to return to Ontario, or close to it, Toronto and Detroit would certainly be prime suitors. Ottawa might have interest, but I’m not convinced they could win a bidding war, as I don’t think owner Eugene Melnyk is prepared to pay him over $9 million per season. The NY Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers would certainly have interest, though they would have to free up cap space. I also wouldn’t rule out the Bruins…The Stars had preliminary contract talks with Roy recently, so he might not be available at the deadline.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont reports Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli will likely shop for depth for his third and fourth lines, especially with Chris Kelly out with a broken leg…Rumors continue to link the Bruins with Jarome Iginla and Daniel Alfredsson, but “neither may be available”…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect the Bruins will bolster their checking line depth. They could go after a “big fish” for their scoring lines, but the priority is addressing the weaknesses elsewhere in the lineup.
CBC.CA (via KUKLA’S KORNER): Elliotte Friedman reports the reason for so little trade activity is prices are “outrageous’ in the trade market, the standings remain tight (especially in the Western Conference), the salary cap is dropping next season, and many GMs don’t like what they see in the UFA market. The GMs are all chasing the same players…Kevin Weekes notes the Blues have four key RFAs in Chris Stewart, Patrik Berglund, Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pietrangelo, and it’ll be interesting to see what they do with them…Friedman spoke about a rumor linking the NY Rangers’ Marian Gaborik with the Vancouver Canucks, but he doesn’t believe those talks went anywhere. He suggested the Rangers might have to eat some of his salary to trade him, but doubts they’ll do that. He also believes they’d only move him if they could get back a return to replace the depth they’ve lost.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Dave Molinari lists some prospective UFAs who could be moved by the trade deadline. Jarome Iginla, Mike Ribeiro, Robyn Regehr, Ryan Whitney, Jordan Leopold, Anton Babchuk, Ladislav Smid, Mark Fistric and Milan Hejduk are the notables.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t think the Oilers will move Smid, who leads the club in blocked shots and hits, and is among the league leaders in those categories. I also doubt Hejduk (no-movement clause) wants to be moved. As for the rest, some are possible (Iginla, Ribeiro) while the others are very likely to go, though Fistric remains on injured reserve with an elbow injury.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is monitoring the trade market, but while he’d be interested in offers to improve his club, he likes the current makeup and won’t make big changes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Bowman does go shopping, it could be for depth at center.