Jarome Iginla addresses trade rumors, Ryan Miller responds to claim he wants out of Buffalo, and the Flyers look toward addressing potential blueline problems.
CALGARY SUN/CALGARY HERALD: report Flames captain Jarome Iginla patiently addressed the latest spate of trade speculation swirling about him, denying as usual the claims he’s mulling a departure from Calgary to play for a Cup contender, insisting he wants to stay and help the Flames rebuild into a winner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Give it up to Iginla, he’s handled these same old questions in recent years with class and good humor. I realize those who generate the Iginla rumors will claim he’ll never publicly admit he’s considering the possibility of moving on, and perhaps it has passed through his mind, but I believe “Iggy” is being honest with his responses. I may be naive, but I believe he wants to stay with the Flames; at the very least, to the end of his current contract. After that, the Flames might decide to walk away from him, or allow him to test the market, but of course, we’ll just have to wait and see on that.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun contacted Sabres goalie Ryan Miller regarding a recent Edmonton Journal report claiming he wouldn’t object to being dealt. Miller denied the report, calling it “untrue”, claiming he’s never made any comment about his status with the team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on this later today on my Hockey News column. I didn’t put any stock into that Journal report in the first place.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports a source claims Flyers GM Paul Holmgren intends to give rookie call-ups Marc-Andre Bourdon and Kevin Marshall a look before considering a trade.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Jay Greenberg reports Holmgren said “everybody is looking for a defenseman now”, not looking to trade one.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No, he won’t take Tomas Kaberle off the Carolina Hurricanes hands. I doubt anyone will. The Flyers are pressed for cap space and cannot afford to take on much salary if they look for a blueliner.