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BOSTON GLOBE/BOSTON HERALD/CSNNE.COM: examined the options available to Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli in the wake of Jarome Iginla choosing to accept a trade to Pittsburgh instead of Boston. The Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont cited a source denying the Tampa Bay Lightning were shopping winger Martin St. Louis, but San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle might be available. The Herald’s Stephen Harris lists “forwards like Dallas’ Jaromir Jagr, Ray Whitney and Derek Roy, Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis, Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky and Ryan Smyth, or defensemen such as the Islanders’ Mark Streit and the Oilers’ Ryan Whitney” as possibilities. CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty also listed San Jose’s Ryane Clowe and Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester among the possibilities.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not much of a list of options, but that won’t deter Chiarelli from adding a piece or two by the deadline. Jagr, Whitney and Roy might be the best options.
CALGARY HERALD/CALGARY SUN: reported Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester admitted he’s “had conversations” regarding the possibility of a trade, but refused to elaborate. Though carrying one more season at $6.68 million on his contract, his name has frequently come up in trade rumors, linking him to the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Make no mistake, there’s genuine interest in Bouwmeester, but his contract is the sticking point, especially with the salary cap dropping next season. He could be moved at the deadline, but I think the Flames could get a better return if they wait until this summer. Even so, that contract will still make him difficult to move.
TORONTO STAR: Mark Zwolinski and Damien Cox offer conflicting reports over Tyler Bozak and the Maple Leafs search for an experienced goalie. Zwolinski reported the Leafs appear to be moving away from the possibility of moving Bozak and could turn their thoughts toward acquiring a goalie or a defenseman. Cox, meanwhile, reports the Leafs and Canucks have quietly reopened talks regarding Roberto Luongo, with the Canucks rumored to be willing to reduce their asking price, but could still want Bozak as part of the return. Cox adds this doesn’t mean a Luongo deal is imminent, and examined other goalie options for the Leafs, including Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff, Phoenix’s Mike Smith and standing pat with James Reimer and Ben Scrivens. Zwolinski acknowledge the Kipusoff option but suggested a more affordable one like Florida’s Scott Clemmensen.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Recent reports from Vancouver claim the Canucks aren’t reducing their asking price (believed to be a good young roster player – preferably a center – plus a top prospect and a first or second round pick). Nonis may be doing due diligence with the Canucks about Luongo, but there are, as Cox and Zwolinski noted, other options available for the Leafs which weren’t out there a few months ago.
Kiprusoff’s status, however, is uncertain and I’m not convinced he wants to leave Calgary. Smith would be very intriguing, but I believe the Coyotes want to hang onto him for a playoff push. He could, however, be available this summer as a free agent, although the Leafs could end up in a bidding war for this services they might not win. Reimer and Scrivens, meanwhile, are making it difficult to justify adding a veteran goalie right now. Is it worth moving out a key player elsewhere to add a veteran goalie now? That’s up to Nonis to decide. If the right deal is there, of course he’ll move on it, but he’s also leery of breaking up team chemistry right now.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports the Detroit Red Wings face a tough choice with pending UFA forward Valtteri Filppula. Do they keep him for a playoff push and risk losing him to free agency this summer, or trade him now and risk hurting their depth at forward if they cannot find a suitable replacement in a separate trade?