Updates on Jarome Iginla,Alexander Radulov, Ryan Smyth, and Tomas Holmstrom.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun, responding to a reader’s e-mail “rant” regarding the Calgary Flames, acknowledged the team is overdue for a rebuild. He referenced conversations he’s had this season with Flames GM Jay Feaster, who said changes would be coming if the current group failed to deliver. LeBrun believes the biggest could involve team captain Jarome Iginla, suggesting Feaster have a “heart-to-heart” with Iginla to determine if he want to remain as part of a retooling plan.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman recently reported there’s been lots of discussion if Alexander Radulov will re-sign with the Nashville Predators following this season or return to the KHL, suggesting another option could be a trade to another NHL city. Radulov’s a restricted free agent, and a trade would give him an opportunity to chose a longer-term NHL destination while allowing the Predators to get assets for him…Contract talks between Ryan Smyth’s agent and the Oilers are ongoing. Both sides denied the Oilers didn’t want to offer up longer than a one-year contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s going to be interesting to see what transpires regarding Radulov and the Predators once the playoffs are over. His future could depend on how far the club goes into the post-season. As for Smyth, I’ll be surprised if he’s not re-signed by the Oilers.
DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports the larger question now surrounding long-time Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom is if he’ll return for one more season. His contract is up this summer, injuries have taken their toll, his production is down, and his family is growing, all factors which could have him considering retirement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been a long, largely productive road for Holmstrom, but it’s obvious this season he’s coming to the end of that road. It would be surprising if he returns for another season.