With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching, check out the latest compilation of Sunday trade rumors.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman reports neither Jarome Iginla, his agent or the Flames management are willing to speak on record, but it’s believed the process has begun to trade him. The list of Iginla’s preferred destination is a small one and only Stanley Cup contenders. Some other clubs are interested but it remains to be seen if the list widens. Good young players, first round picks and prospects are among the rumored asking price. Friedman doesn’t believe the Flyers are on Iginla’s list as they’re not a Cup contender this season…Friedman also reports Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon denied a rumor he was willing to absorb part of Brian Campbell’s salary to move him…Glenn Healy claims the Panthers are kicking the tires again on Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, and believes the Canucks have to get rid of him for cap purposes next season,forcing them to move him for a lesser return. Friedman and Kevin Weekes believe there’s a market for Luongo but not this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla is the obvious big fish in an otherwise shallow pool of available talent, and the Flames won’t just give him away. Ultimately, it’ll come down to the willingness of those teams on his wish list to part with the necessary asking price, though I could see it lowered if there’s limited interest by next week…I’m not surprised Tallon rejected that Campbell salary rumor. If they trade Campbell, they’ll be without a top puck-moving defenseman…I believe Florida is the best destination for Luongo. It’s where he wants to go, and they should be willing to part with a decent return to get him. All due respect to Jacob Markstrom, but he hasn’t proven himself yet as a full time NHL starter. Luongo has, and that’s something the Panthers need. I expect the trade happens this summer. Did I mention he actually, genuinely wants to return to the Panthers?
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch looks at each team in the Eastern Conference and what they might do by the trade deadline. He believes the Bruins will pursue Iginla or Dallas’ Brenden Morrow…Word is the Sabres are shopping Jason Pominville. Expect to hear the names of Ryan Miller and Drew Stafford mentioned a lot…There’s talk the Hurricanes could have interest in Ottawa’s Ben Bishop, and were looking for a veteran blueliner…The Canadiens would like to add a veteran blueliner and perhaps Sharks winger Ryane Clowe…The Devils are seeking a top-six forward but don’t have much to give up in return…Islanders hope to re-sign Mark Streit, Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov…The Rangers are dangling Marian Gaborik…Garrioch suggests Minnesota’s Matt Cullen as a possible trade target for the Senators, who have Bishop, Colin Greening and Peter Regin as possible trade candidates…The Flyers have had talks with the Flames about defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. Garrioch claims many wonder if they might dangle Sean Couturier as he could fetch someone to replace Chris Pronger…Iginla, Morrow or a shutdown defenseman could be on the Penguins list…The Lightning will deal anyone but Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman for the right price…The Maple Leafs have been linked to Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo and LA’s Jonathan Bernier…Capitals like Mike Ribeiro, Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera and Joel Ward could be available…Jets would like to add, not subtract. Alexander Burmistrov is in the doghouse.
Garrioch also mused over the trade status of Ben Bishop.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If I were Bruins GM, I’d forget about Iginla and focus on the more affordable, short-term depth acquisitions, like Morrow…I doubt Miller or Pominville are moved yet, but I could see Stafford being dealt. The other two could be shopped this summer…If Bishop’s available, the Hurricanes could chase him, but he’d be a short-term pick-up until Cam Ward returns…For once, the Canadiens don’t need much. Another physical forward or defenseman would be nice, but aren’t priorities…Cannot dismiss Devils GM Lou Lamoriello making another savvy deal to bolster this team…I’ll be surprised if Streit and Nabokov are dealt…Gaborik’s $7.5 million salary for next season is tough to move at the best of times, tougher when the cap drops this summer…Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said Cullen and Niklas Backstrom won’t be traded. Given how well the Wild are playing, that’s no surprise…Flyers have to shed some salary to take on Bouwmeester’s contract…The Penguins are red hot right now, so bringing in a big name isn’t necessary. They should focus on bolstering their blueline…I know there’s rumors of Martin St. Louis being available, but he’s got a no-movement clause, and enjoys great chemistry with Stamkos. Forget about Lecavalier, he’s got a fat contract and a no-movement clause…The Leafs won’t pursue Luongo this season, and the Kings aren’t shopping Bernier…I’m expecting Mike Ribeiro to hit the trade market soon…Jets could be willing to stand pat if they don’t see anything in the market to help them. As for Bishop, it bears repeating that if Craig Anderson has not returned to action by the April 3 trade deadline, Bishop won’t be dealt. Besides, he’s a restricted free agent this summer, so the Sens can qualify his rights and shop him in the off-season.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a discussion by the Sportsnet hockey panel regarding Martin St Louis’ possible trade status. John Shannon reminds us it’s up to St. Louis, who hold a no-movement clause. Jason York doubts he’ll be moved, but if he is shopped, the Bruins and Rangers could be destinations.
TAMPA TRIBUNE: Erik Erlendsson doesn’t see St. Louis being shopped, and doubts the Lightning have much in tradeable assets. He notes Ryan Malone’s recent shoulder injury could hurt his trade value, the two years remaining on Eric Brewer’s contract and his modified no-trade clause makes a trade unlikely, while Sami Salo is needed to provide experience next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While we can’t rule out a major move by the Lightning, I don’t expect GM Steve Yzerman to do something like shopping St. Louis, Malone, Brewer or Salo unless they request to be dealt. Even then, he wouldn’t give these guys away.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks wonders if the Dallas Stars will engage in a “meaningful rebuild” by shopping winger Loui Eriksson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And the answer is: NO.
BUFFALO NEWS: Bucky Gleason believes the Penguins will shift their focus to Dallas’ Brenden Morrow to play on Evgeni Malkin’s line, and are seeking a defenseman who could help their power-play, suggesting Sabres blueliner Jordan Leopold as a candidate.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sorry, but Morrow is no longer top-six material, so I don’t see him as a good fit with the Penguins. Leopold, however, might be a good fit on their blueline.