More lists of possible deadline trade candidates, the rumored asking price for Jarome Iginla, plus updates on Mark Streit, Ladislav Smid and more.
CBC.CA: Doug Harrison looked at the status of several notable pending UFAs heading up to the trade deadline, suggesting Jarome Iginla, Lubomir Visnovsky, and Jaromir Jagr as possible trade candidates.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Regarding Visnovsky, Harrison believes the Carolina Hurricanes might be interested as they’re rumored seeking a puck-moving defenseman. I seem to recall, however, a piece in the Raleigh News & Observer suggesting the Hurricanes had enough skill defensemen and might instead seek a more physical blueliner. If so, they’ll have no interest in Visnovsky.
OTTAWA SUN: Chris Stevenson lists Jarome Iginla, Jaromir Jagr, Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy and Vinny Prospal as his top five rental player forwards heading into the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Two weeks ago, I would’ve believed everyone on this list would be moved. Now? I’m not so sure. If the Flames manage to claw into playoff contention by the deadline, I believe the Flames will keep him. Same goes for Jagr with the Stars and Prospal with the Blue Jackets. Ribeiro could still be moved, as he’ll prove costly for the Capitals to re-sign. The Stars reportedly have held contract talks with Roy, so he’s not a certainty to be moved.
SPORTING NEWS: Sean Gentille cited a recent tweet by Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi claiming the Flames asking price for Jarome Iginla is “a top-four defense prospect, a roster player and a draft pick”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, the Penguins could afford this. So could several other teams (Bruins, Blackhawks, Kings). Stay tuned…
ESPN.COM: Katie Strang reports preliminary contract talks between the NY Islanders and defenseman Mark Streit are ongoing.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Never assume just because an Islander is a free agent that he’s going to be moved at the trade deadline or the off-season. As much as this team has struggled over the past three seasons to become a playoff contender, more of their notable free agents over that period opted to stay, as they genuinely believe they’re close to becoming a playoff contender. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if Streit is re-signed before July.
EDMONTON SUN: Robert Tychkowski reports Oilers pending UFA blueliner Ladislav Smid hopes to remain an Oiler.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Smid not only leads the Oilers in hits and blocked shots, he’s also among the league leaders in those categories. For a team which lacks defensive grit like the Oilers, they simply must re-sign Smid. Failing to do so would be a huge blunder.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited an interview Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier had with local reporters Friday, in which he claimed he’s not in a “blow-it-up” mindset heading toward the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Honestly, what would we expect him to say? “We suck on toast so everyone must go”?