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CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports Jarome Iginla’s future with the Flames will be a prime topic for the front office, while Steve MacFarlane reports Iginla for the first time wondered about his future in Calgary, particularly if the team engages in a rebuild.
MacFarlane also heard from a beat writer who follows the Anaheim Ducks say he believes they might have interest in Flames center Olli Jokinen if he hits the UFA market this summer to play center on their second line with Teemu Selanne, if the latter returns next season.
CALGARY HERALD: George Johnson, however, doubts the Flames will move Iginla this summer, or that he’ll request a move. Johnson feels the Flames need to make changes, but doesn’t believe they’ll involve notable players like Iginla, Miikka Kiprusoff, Jay Bouwmeester, Mark Giordano or Curtis Glencross.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Flames are to move Iginla, this summer could be their best option. Yes, they could keep him and perhaps move him at the trade deadline next season, but they won’t get as good a return as they would this summer, when there are more teams with more cap space willing to take him on. As for Jokinen and the Ducks, let’s first see if the Flames wish to cut him loose, and if Selanne decides to return.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan recently reports New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise admires the Red Wings style of play,and is a big fan of Wings star Pavel Datsyuk. That’s bound to stoke speculation he could sign with the Red Wings this summer as an unrestricted free agent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen, however, if Parise becomes a UFA. Much depends upon the Devils playoff performance this spring, as well as the club’s financial situation.
SPORTSNET.CA: Ian Mendes recently reported if this season could be the last for Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who has one season remaining on his current contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If there’s another season-killing lockout, perhaps. Don’t worry, hockey fans, that won’t happen. Otherwise, I believe “Alfie” will return for the final season of his contract, and will ponder retirement after that.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater believes the Colorado Avalanche have to make a real decision regarding Paul Stastny’s future, pointing out Stastny hasn’t hit the 60-point mark the past two season. He believes management has to decide if it’s worth continuing to invest in Stastny’s big contract, or shop him for the best return they could get. Dater also believes this could be Milan Hejduk’s final season with the Avs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe it’s more likely Hejduk has played his final game with the Avs. Moving Stastny isn’t impossible, but his expensive contract makes it very difficult.