Rangers seeking offensive depth, updates on Ryan O’Reilly and Andrei Loktionov, plus a call for the Flames to move Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Adam Proteau believes the Calgary Flames are long overdue for a rebuild, which should begin by trading team captain Jarome Iginla and goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Proteau makes a terrific case for the Flames to commence a major rebuild now by shopping Iginla and Kiprusoff. The question is, will the Flames front office finally admit reality and start the rebuild in earnest? Furthermore, would Iginla and Kiprusoff agree to waive their trade clauses? Fans and pundits assume they would, but as we saw with Mats Sundin’s last season in Toronto, not every player is willing to do so.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Pat Leonard yesterday reported the Rangers’ lack of scoring depth beyond the “Money Line” of Marian Gaborik, Rick Nash and Brad Richards is why management were still inquiring about available free agents, even as their deal with Jason Arnott fell through for medical reasons.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There really isn’t much available on the free agent market to help the Rangers offensive depth. Arnott’s unfit to play, and Petr Sykora signed with a Swiss team and must clear waivers before he can return to the NHL this season. The best available RFA is center Ryan O’Reilly, but the Colorado Avalanche claim they’re not shopping him. I don’t know if the Rangers inquired into O’Reilly’s availability, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they did.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports the people he spoke with earlier this week regarding a possible change in the CBA regarding RFA holdout players may have been mistaken. Dater had reported if Ryan O’Reilly held out beyond the end of the 2013-14 season, he’d become eligible for UFA status then, rather than in four years time. It appears now the 21-year-0ld O’Reilly would have to wait another four seasons, including this one, for UFA eligibility.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance recently reported LA Kings forward Andrei Loktionov’s availability is nothing new. “GMs were alerted in the past that he was on the market and the response has been underwhelming”, writes Custance, who adds the asking price is likely a fifth-round pick.