Get the latest on Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff.
SPORTSNET.CA: Mark (no relation) Spector reports the Flames want goalie Malcolm Subban as part of the return from the Boston Bruins for Jarome Iginla, but Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli refuses to part with him…He claims Flames GM Jay Feaster has approached the LA Kings about backup Jonathan Bernier. Spector believes Bernier and a first round pick would “make Iginla a King”…Penguins GM Ray Shero won’t part with the draft picks to land Iginla but will stay in the bidding to drive up the asking price for the Bruins…The Blackhawks are internally discussing the cost of a rental player and if Iginla could play left wing. Chicago hasn’t made an offer nor have the Flames named their asking price, but the ‘Hawks won’t part with Brandon Saad.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Lisa Dillman reports the Kings are unlikely to make a serious pitch for Iginla, as they have eight free agents to re-sign and a shrinking salary cap for next season. Dillman believes the Kings want to avoid the same salary cap pitfall which forced the Chicago Blackhawks to dismantle their 2010 championship roster.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak reports goalie Miikka Kiprusoff has reportedly told Flames management he’d refuse to report to a new team if he is traded, citing family reasons (the recent birth of his son). The report apparently originated in Kiprusoff’s home country of Finland. The no-movement clause in his contract expired last summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Flames aren’t careful, their asking price could kill off interest in Iginla. No surprise the Bruins won’t part with Subban, who could become a backup to Tuukka Rask in two or three years. I’m not convinced the Kings will part with Bernier this season, largely because of Jonathan Quick’s erratic play this season. If they trade Bernier, who’s their fall-back if Quick struggles after the deadline?
I don’t see how the Penguins can land Iginla without giving up a couple of quality prospects. Stranger things have happened, and the Flames could panic and lower their asking price, but still, it wouldn’t surprise me if Shero just wants to make things difficult for the Bruins. As for the Blackhawks, while I can understand their interest, I don’t think they need Iginla when their most obvious need is depth at center. Besides, Iginla reportedly doesn’t want to be a rental player, and the ‘Hawks can’t afford to keep him beyond this season. For that matter, neither can the the Penguins, Bruins and Kings.
As for Kiprusoff, hopefully we’ll have more info on his situation soon. Refusing to report if dealt is a bold step, resulting in suspension without pay.