Another list of potential trade candidates, plus the latest on Jarome Iginla, Jason Arnott and more.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson with his list of top-20 potential UFA players who could be on the move by the NHL trade deadline. Corey Perry, Jarome Iginla, Ryane Clowe, Valtteri Filppula, David Clarkson, Daniel Alfredsson, Mark Streit, Brenden Morrow, Robyn Regehr and Nik Antropov top the list, with Ron Hainsey, Ryan Whitney, Nikolai Khabibulin, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Matt Cullen, Ian White, Ryan Jones, Jordan Leopold, Ryan O’Byrne and the injured Stephen Weiss rounding out the remainder.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of this list, I don’t see Perry, Filppula, Clarkson, Alfredsson, Bouchard, Cullen or Weiss going anywhere. The rest could move, but of course that’s not a certainty. Injuries and declining play could ensure they remain with their current clubs.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis believes the Flames mounting losses could make it easier for Jarome Iginla to accept a trade to a Cup contender.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla might not feel comfortable being a playoff rental player. Still, the fact contract talks with the Flames haven’t begun will ensure Iginla’s name remains a fixture in the rumor mill leading up to the April 3 trade deadline.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford reports the Blues have decided against signing free agent center Jason Arnott.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see if any other NHL teams in need of depth at center take a chance on Arnott before the trade deadline. Earlier in the season, he signed a one-year contract with the NY Rangers, which was subsequently nullified when he failed a team physical. He’s since received medical clearance to play in the NHL.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Damian Cristodero reports Lightning GM Steve Yzerman isn’t planning any quick-fix deals to bolster his struggling club. That doesn’t mean Yzerman isn’t shopping for help, particularly for his blueline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The problem right now is too many buyers and not enough sellers. As more clubs fall by the wayside and become sellers, there could be more affordable options available for the Lightning, but if they keep struggling, those options might not come in time to save their season.