Are changes coming for the Calgary Flames? Could they involved Jarome Iginla? Are the Maple Leafs interested in an Islanders goaltender? Read on for the latest!
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak reports changes may be coming soon for the Flames, though probably not the sweeping ones called for by fans fed up with the club’s inconsistency. With center Mikael Backlund due to return soon, it’s possible Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman or Pierre-Luc Leblond could be demoted, or center Brendan Morrison could be added to the injured list. Sportak admits it’s possible GM Jay Feaster could make a trade to clear up the roster spot, but pointed out it’s rare to see a blockbuster trade in November.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance spoke with Flames captain Jarome Iginla over the possibility of his accepting a trade to a Cup contender if the Flames continue to flounder. Custance noted LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi would love to land the Flames captain, but they’ve currently got issues of their own. Iginla, however, pointed out such a trade is no guarantee of winning a Stanley Cup, and maintained his stance he wants to help the Flames rebuild. Custance noted Iginla’s “no-movement” clause leaves the decision to stay or move on up to him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Hagman or Stajan are demoted, it could be a signal management might be preparing to add salary. I doubt we’ll see a blockbuster move, and I don’t believe Iginla will be going anywhere this season. If “Iggy” is to be dealt, I think that would come in the off-season, where he’d have time to consider his options. That being said, there’s nothing to suggest Iginla wants to leave the Flames, and it’s quite possible he could stick with them for the remainder of his current contract. Yes, he wants to win a Stanley Cup, but he’s also very loyal to the Flames organization. Don’t assume he wants out, kids.
NEW YORK TIMES’ Chris Botta recently “tweeted” Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson could be reunited with NY Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov, but Botta wondered if the Isles would trade a quality goalie within the conference for a draft pick or “iffy” prospect.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wilson coached Nabokov with the San Jose Sharks several years ago. The Leafs are struggling due to shaky goaltending, which could force them into the trade market for an experienced netminder. Nabokov’s an option but might not be the only one. For now, we watch and wait. A couple of more losses could force GM Brian Burke’s hand.