The latest on Jarome Iginla, Mike Komisarek, Jason Arnott and more.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports it is believed the Pittsburgh Penguins have targeted Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla for a trade. The Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks could also have interest in Iginla if the Flames decide to shop him. Iginla has a no-movement clause and would have to waive it to facilitate a trade.
CALGARY HERALD: Bruce Arthur of the National Post wonders if the Flames failed attempt to sign Ryan O’Reilly could lead to them finally trading Iginla and Miikka Kipsuoff.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as the Flames remain close to playoff contention, their front office (which has shown a stubborn unwillingness to admit this team needs to rebuild) probably won’t move Iginla or Kiprusoff.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Even if Komisarek were to request a trade, his $4.5 million salary for next season and his declining performance means the Leafs probably couldn’t find any takers. And no, the NY Islanders wouldn’t be interested just because Komisarek grew up on Long Island.
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: Dan O’Neill reports the St. Louis Blues could consider bringing back Jason Arnott to add depth to their injury-ravaged forward lines.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Such a move suggests the asking prices on the trade market remain too expensive for the Blues at this point.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson believes it may be time for Oilers GM Steve Tambellini to make a trade for a “sandpaper” forward, suggesting Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds, LA’s Kyle Clifford or San Jose’s Ryane Clowe as examples of the type the Oilers need…Matheson also wondered if the Penguins might ever move defenseman Kris Letang to add a high-end top-six shooter. Though citing Letang’s value to the Penguins blueline, Matheson also noted he’ll be eligible for UFA status in July 2014…He also noted Red Wings pending UFA Valtteri Filppula reportedly seeks $4.5 million per season, wondered how much New Jersey Devils forward David Clarkson could get on the open market this summer, believes the Maple Leafs are shopping little-used veteran d-man John-Michael Liles, thinks Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell could attract some interest in this summer’s UFA market, and suggests St. Louis Blues forward David Perron may be expendable.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see the Flyers parting with Simmonds or the Kings with Clifford. Clowe’s due for UFA status this summer, and his situation could depend on where the Sharks are in the standings by the trade deadline…Forget about the Penguins moving Letang. He’s their best defenseman, and moving him for a forward would leave a huge gap on their blueline…The Wings won’t make any decisions about Filppula until season’s end…I believe the Devils will re-sign Clarkson…Liles contract and limited NTC makes him difficult to move…Bickell should be an affordable re-signing for the Blackhawks…If the Blues decide to shop a forward, I have my doubts it’ll be Perron.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless reports Jets management will have to decisions over which of his pendings UFAs he’ll resign. “Up front, Nik Antropov, Kyle Wellwood and Antti Miettinen are all at the end of their deals. On the blue-line, Ron Hainsey, Grant Clitsome and Derek Meech as well as goalie Al Montoya will be free.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of this group, as Lawless noted, the biggest decision will be over Hainsey. While still very strong defensively, his offensive game has significantly declined. He’s no longer worth $4.5 million per season, but if he’s willing to accept a lesser salary and a reduced role, the Jets could keep him.