A roundup of the latest trade rumors involving Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla. Enjoy!
CALGARY HERALD: George Johnson considers the Boston Bruins the most likely destination for Flames captain Jarome Iginla, suggesting the other teams on his supposed list of preferred destinations (Chicago Blackhawks, LA Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins) don’t make much sense.
Johnson dismissed the notion of Bruins goalie prospect Malcolm Subban or rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton heading to the Flames as part of the return. He also believes the Penguins and Blackhawks have enough scoring depth, while the Kings aren’t keen to part with goalie Jonathan Bernier, Iginla’s age doesn’t work with their abrasive style, and Kings coach Darryl Sutter (and former Flames GM and coach) isn’t one for nostalgia. Johnson also suggested the possibility a trade is unable to be done by the deadline.
CALGARY SUN: Wes Gilbertson reports Flames management are maintaining silence regarding a possible Iginla trade, while there’s rumors Iginla’s trade wish list changing constantly. Some pundits allege there’s five teams, with the Detroit Red Wings among the suitors, while others have expanded it to include the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks.
RDS.CA: Renaud Lavoie reports rumors of a widening list are false, maintaining only four teams (Blackhawks, Kings, Bruins and Penguins) are on it. He also reports the Penguins, despite their recent acquisitions of Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray, aren’t out of the Iginla sweepstakes.
ESPN/CSNNE.COM/BOSTON HERALD: all report the Bruins are eyeing other trade targets besides Iginla. Dallas’ Derek Roy and Jaromir Jagr, San Jose’s Ryane Clowe, and Iginla’s teammate Curtis Glencross were mentioned as possible trade targets for the Bruins.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/CSNCHICAGO: The Blackhawks might be on Jarome Iginla’s wish list, but they might not be interested in him. The cost of return, plus the fact he’s not a center, works against shipping him to Chicago.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins do appear the more likely destination, as TSN’s Bob McKenzie last night reported they’re very interested in his services, but of course it’s not a certainty. Much depends upon the Flames asking price, which seems to fluctuate from pundit to pundit. I agree that seeking Dougie Hamilton as part of the return won’t wash with Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, and I’m not sure he’d be willing to part with Subban. I don’t see the Kings and Blackhawks having any need for Iginla. The Penguins have plenty of cap space to take on the remainder of Iginla’s salary, but he reportedly isn’t interested in just being a rental player. If so, that could be a significant stumbling block.