Time for Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla to consider a trade?…Canucks shopping for a defenseman?…Could the Avalanche trade Paul Stastny?…Lightning shopping for a goalie? Read on for the latest in today’s rumor roundup.
CALGARY SUN/OTTAWA SUN/EDMONTON JOURNAL/CBC.CA: reported on speculation Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla, for the first time, may be considering his future without the Flames. The Calgary Sun’s Eric Francis claimed “several sources” close to Iginla claim he’s quietly struggling with the realization he won’t win a Stanley Cup with the Flames, but doesn’t want to do anything to jeopardize his iconic image in Calgary. Francis reported Flames president Ken King said the team wouldn’t trade Iginla, and CBC’s Elliotte Friedman reported GM Jay Feaster said the same thing. Iginla has one more season remaining on his current contract. The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch meanwhile suggested if the Flames shop him, the Dallas Stars might have interest, now that they’re under new ownership . Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal suggested most of the Cup contenders couldn’t afford Iginla this season as they’re close to being maxed out on cap space.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was only a matter of time for the Iginla trade speculation to pop up again. I doubt, however, Iginla and the Flames would consider a trade over the course of the season. Iginla is the face of the Flames, its heart and soul, and leaving Calgary would be a very tough decision for him to make, for while he might want another opportunity at winning the Stanley Cup, he remains loyal to the Flames franchise. I suspect if he does agree to be dealt, it’ll happen in the off-season, when teams have more cap space and willingness to make deals. Ultimately, the decision is Iginla’s, and I don’t see him seeking a trade. If anything, Iginla could leave that decision up to the Flames front office. If they approach him and ask he waive his movement clause, then Iginla would probably consider it. For now, they have no intention of doing so, and I believe he has no intention of seeking a trade.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Lightning could be target LA Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier, and they’d like to move Mattias Ohlund but no one will take on his contract…The Canucks have been trying to move defenseman Keith Ballard for another blueliner, and are believed trying to pry Matt Carle out of Philadelphia…The Islanders won’t trade alternate captain Kyle Okposo, who’s signed to a long-term contract….It’s believed the struggling Avalanche could make a roster shakeup via trade. Even Paul Stastny has been mentioned as a trade candidate in the rumor mill…The Flames might have interest in Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner…The Hurricanes are trying to move defenseman Tomas Kaberle…Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman will try to use the savings from demoting forward Rostslav Olesz and his $3.125 million cap hit to the minors by dealing for a blueliner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wouldn’t be surprised if the Lightning and several other teams, like the Columbus Blue Jackets, have interest in Bernier, but the Kings aren’t under any pressure to move him, and quite frankly, I doubt they will, at least during this season…The Lightning won’t be able to move Mattias Ohlund, in part because he’s been sidelined by knee surgeries since the season began…The Canucks won’t be able to move Ballard, as he’s carrying an expensive contract. They also won’t be able to land Matt Carle, as I suspect the Flyers want to keep him around with Chris Pronger and Kimmo Timonen getting older…I think the Isles will replace their head coach before they trade Okposo…I can’t see the Oilers trading Gagner to the Flames, do you?…The Hurricanes have 4.25 million reasons per year why they’re stuck with Kabere.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports the Blue Jackets aren’t finding any takers for center Derick Brassard, thanks to his expensive (over $3 million per season) contract…The Oilers would certainly like Maple Leafs blueliner Cody Franson if they could get him in a trade…Matheson wondered if the Predators should consider shopping backup Anders Lindback, plus toss in either Jonathan Blum or Ryan Ellis, for a forward.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blue Jackets are stuck with Brassard unless they buy him out next summer…The Leafs aren’t shopping Cody Franson…The Predators reportedly intend on re-signing Lindback next summer.
TBO.COM: Erik Erlendsson doesn’t envision Lightning GM Steve Yzerman will trade for a goalie this season but will likely do so next summer. Possible trade targets could include Vancouver’s Cory Schneider and LA’s Jonathan Bernier, while a free agent target could be Minnesota’s Josh Harding.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Yzerman doesn’t pursue one of those guys this season, he’ll certainly be after one of them next summer.