The latest on Jarome Iginla, Marian Gaborik, Steve Ott, Corey Perry, Jimmy Howard, and more.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports the Los Angeles Kings could have interest in Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla if the Flames shop him. LeBrun believes the Kings would also want a draft pick along with Iginla in return for goalie Jonathan Bernier. He also thinks the Detroit Red Wings could have some interest in Iginla, but they’ve yet to decide if they’re actually buyers heading toward the trade deadline…The Vancouver Canucks have been actively shopping around for depth at center over the past 7-10 days. They apparently had interest in Buffalo Sabres center Steve Ott, but at this point it doesn’t appear he’s available…the NY Rangers aren’t necessarily shopping Marian Gaborik, but he’s available for the right price. The Rangers seek a “a right-handed, top-four blueliner and would also like to add a couple of bottom-six, grinding type forwards.” His contract, with one season at $7.5 million remaining, could be tough to move.
Craig Custance also reported on Gaborik’s contract status, reporting he has a clause in which he picks eight teams at the start of each season to which the Rangers can trade him to. Custance also believes movin Gaborik’s salary won’t be easy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Kings were also rumored to be a trade destination for Iginla last season. The Wings priority is believed to be a puck-moving defenseman, but they might also pursue a scoring forward if the former isn’t available…Ott still has one year remaining on his contract, after which – like Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville – he becomes a UFA…The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch was the first to report rumors of Gaborik’s availability, but the winger’s salary could indeed be tough to move, especially with the salary cap dropping for next season.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika, responding to questions from his readers, isn’t sure if Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson would be available, and doesn’t expect there will be much interest in Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell and his $7.1 million per season contract. He also feels the Dallas Stars should avoid pursuing Corey Perry as they’re already deep in scoring wingers.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports Flames GM Jay Feaster is keeping mum over his trade options.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan believes it makes lots of sense for the Ottawa Senators to pursue Anaheim Ducks winger Corey Perry if he becomes a free agent this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Does Senators owner Eugene Melnyk want to spend up to $10 million per season on one player? After the bad experience with Dany Heatley, I don’t think so. I’m not saying Perry is like Heatley, but the Senators appear committed to rebuilding with their youth, rather than chasing expensive free agents.
TSN’s Aaron Ward reports via Twitter:”Contrary to reports that a deal is near,it’s been over a week since the Detroit Red Wings/Jimmy Howard’s reps have had contract talks.”
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Rob Rossi reports the Penguins are interested in Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, but he suggests Iginla “might not fill a top-six role with the Penguins”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Really? Iginla might not fill a top six role with the Penguins?? Oooooook, then….