Jarome Iginla’s trade value, the Oilers and Blue Jackets plans for the first and second overall pick, and more.


What's Iginla's trade value?

CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports a poll of over a dozen NHL GMs reveals there would be considerable interest in Jarome Iginla if the Flames were to shop him, but several factors – upcoming CBA negotiations, the remaining year of his contract, his age (35) – would have an affect on that interest as well as his trade value. It’s believed Iginla could fetch “a first-round pick and a top-six forward and/or a top young prospect.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen what the Flames will do with Iginla, who also have a full “no-movement” clause which would limit potential trade partners, but I think it’s safe to say the Flames could get a first round pick, a top six forward, and a prospect for Iginla. Never underestimate the ability of NHL general managers to overpay for talent. If the Flames could get a bidding war going for Iginla, they’d have little trouble landing that kind of return.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson believes the Oilers “won’t trade the No. 1 pick unless they get a top 2 defenceman from another team or one that will grow it into a high-end NHLer.”…The Blue Jackets are seeking a number one goalie and believes they’ll use Rick Nash plus their two first round picks (second and 17th overall) to get one…The Anaheim Ducks won’t re-sign UFA forwards Jason Blake and Niklas Hagman…The Lightning, with two first round picks and possibly four second round picks in this year’s draft, are expected to pursue Canucks goalie Cory Schneider via trade…A rumor out of Montreal has the Oilers shipping winger Linus Omark to the Canadiens for defenseman Yannick Weber. Matheson doubts that, believing Omark won’t fetch more than a fourth round pick on the trade market.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe the Oilers will keep their first overall pick and use it to select Nail Yakupov, then try to woo Anaheim Ducks potential UFA prospect defenseman Justin Schultz…I believe the Blue Jackets will pursue a starting goalie this summer, but if they trade Nash plus their two first round picks, that goalie would be part of a package return…No surprise Blake and Hagman won’t be re-signed…The Lightning will pursue Schneider, as well as Jonathan Bernier and Anders Lindback if Schneider isn’t available…I agree with Matheson about Omark to Montreal: why would the Habs want another small forward?

TSN.CA: Darren Dreger recently suggested the Oilers might consider all options regarding their first overall pick. He doesn’t see Jarome Iginla or Rick Nash ending up with the Oilers if they were to shop that pick, but believes GM Steve Tambellini would listen if a rival were to offer up a top pairing defenseman.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, if, say, the Predators GM contacted Tambellini and offered Shea Weber straight up for the first overall pick, the Oilers GM would listen. Do I believe that’s going to happen? No. Again, I can see the Oilers hanging onto that pick and selecting Yakupov, who’s considered the top prospect in this year’s draft. Yes, I know, he’s another forward, but you don’t pass up the opportunity to select a player of his skills, who’d be a terrific fit with Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. 

COLUMBUS DISPATCH Blue Jackets beat writer Aaron Portzline recently tweeted “Told it’s unlikely – not out of the question, but unlikely – the #CBJ trade No. 2 overall pick. They’d gladly move the No. 17, if that holds”.