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Report: Kings might join Bruins, Penguins in Iginla sweepstakes

Mar 15, 2013, 9:55 AM EDT

Jonathan Bernier #45 of the Los Angeles Kings stops the shot of Jarome Iginla #12 of the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on February 20, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla isn’t going to talk about the trade speculation, but that certainly won’t stop it.

With the April 3 trade deadline creeping forward, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun believes that the Los Angeles Kings are interested in joining the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins as potential trade partners for Iginla.

The big advantage the Kings would have is 24-year-old goaltender Jonathan Bernier. The former 11th overall pick has the potential to become a starter, but it won’t happen in Los Angeles now that Jonathan Quick is signed through the 2021-22 campaign.

Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has served Calgary well for years, but he’ll turn 37 on Oct. 26, so the Flames need to make sure they’re prepared for the future.

The Kings have gone after Iginla in the past and the move would reunite the 35-year-old star forward with former Calgary Flames GM and current Kings head coach Darryl Sutter. The fact that Iginla would be able to work with someone he’s very familiar with could be vital as the potential trade would require Iginla’s approval.

All that being said, given that Iginla’s contract is set to expire this summer and Bernier’s upside, the Kings might attempt to get a draft pick out of Calgary as well.

Meanwhile, if the Flames want to kill these trade rumors, the best way to do that is to win. They beat the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, but have a long way to go in very little time if they want to get back into contention for a postseason spot.

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  1. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    The only thing I don’t understand about this is that LAK just lost Loktionov, who is ripping it up for NJD and looks like he’s going to be good. I thought they lost him because they just had way too many forwards. Why would they go after Iginla, and are they going to lose a forward as well as Bernier?

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      I don’t know too much about Loktionov but I would guess the Kings felt they were set down the middle with Kopitar, Richards, Stoll, Lewis and Fraser. I’d guess they think Iginla would round out their top six nicely in a way that Loktionov would not.

      Not to mention that Iginla is a totally different calibre of player – right now.

      And a Bernier for Iginla swap makes a lot of sense for both sides.. although for the record I still don’t think the Flames have the guts to move Jarome unless he comes out and asks for it (or is willing to stand back while they make that claim, a la Rick Nash). I’m sure nobody in that organization wants to be known as the guy who traded Iginla.

    • brymck1 - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      from what i remember reading, loktionov is a pure center. he is not great at playing either wing position. center for LA is very deep so he wasn’t going to get his chance there. as a devils fan, i’m happy about it…even if he winds up being a rental and goes back to the KHL or signs elsewhere after the season, a 5th round pick was next to nothing for how productive he’s been.

    • ron05342 - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Lotki is a center and couldn’t play wing for the Kings, no matter how much they tried to convert him.

  2. Tyler - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    As a Penguins fan, I wish they’d stop with the “Iginla to the Pens” rumors and start with the “Shutdown, stay at home, d-man to the Pens” rumors. This team doesn’t have a problem scoring goals.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      I wish I could see a detail of what lines have scored this year and how many goals each has scored (excluding all power play points) before people say that they’re fine offensively. If the scoring, on 5-on-5 play, is lopsided too much…welp yep, you might need help there.

      Also – A Shutdown, stay at home, D-man….who is attainable that would fit your description? I don’t disagree, and have heard rumors about Jack Johnson who is NOT a stay at home guy…but who, for example, fits your description?

      • Tyler - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        Well, the Crosby-Kunitz-Dupuis line has accounted for 32 of Pittsburgh’s 68 even-strength goals. James Neal only has 9 even-strength goals, while Malkin has 2 ESG. Worth noting is Sutter has 6 ESG. There’s no doubt the Penguins are top-6 heavy. If anything, they need scoring from their bottom 6.

        I’ve also heard about Jack Johnson, but I agree.. he’s not a stay-at-home guy. Any team that has that shut-down d-man, covets him and doesn’t want to keep him. I look at the Hal Gill / Rob Scuderi combo from years past and think that’s what they’re lacking.

      • redlegs7 - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        26 PPG out of 103 Goals. So, roughly a quarter of their goals are scored on the PP.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Tyler – good call on Scuds – they brought back Eaton why not Scuds haha…

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        Oh – and my point – I’m not sure they don’t need some help on the second line. I’m not saying demote Bennett, lord knows Bylsma like to mix and match anyway. But I just don’t think you can say they need no more wings, based on how the scoring is broken up.

      • bmscalise - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        You are right that the 14-87-9 line accounts for too many goals- which means the BOTTOM lines need help – not the top lines.

        No rental – even Iggy – would come in and have the chemistry with Sid that Duper does, because it isn’t just about ability. Sid is pretty difficult to play with, and Iggy isn’t fast enough to keep up with him any more. So you don’t go out and spend a fortune on a big-name rental to fix something that isn’t broken. You go out an get a less expensive, solid 3rd/4th line guy that can help kill penalties and add a goal or two. Because that’s what they need – forward-wise anyway.

      • malkinfan7 - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        Ok, well for one as of current the Penguins lead the league in scoring so it doesnt really matter whether or not its on powerplay or not they are getting the job done. Also, if the ended up getting the trade for Jarome they could place him on the first line (considering most wingers are reversible) then put Kunitz down with Malkin and Neal and incase everyone forgot them three last year were devastating. Crosby and Jarome would nearly be the same and the third line would then be slightly better considering people must be moved down. If the Penguins get Jarome it wouldnt matter they would outscore anyone even if Fleury miraculously let in 5 goals.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      pens dont need a rental, but wouldnt be surprised if they did it anyway with all the trade bait they have lying around the ahl. hope they dont though.

    • mikeward1283 - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Really, your gonna cry about a team’s d when they are on a 7 game winning streak??????????????

  3. broadstbully33 - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Go to Boston or la to win a cup Pitt is not a contender they will be out in 1st or 2nd round most likely to Boston. Plus iginla is to classy to play with the scum headhunters in Pitt

    • hockeyfan1701 - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Don’t like your place at the bottom of conference/division to well do you?

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Hey are you by any chance a Flyers fan?

      • crashtheboards55 - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        You should really change your name to broadstreetdumbs$$t. It would be more fitting. Second you root for a team that has rinaldo hartnell z$:$3$3@-however you spell it but its not worth my time to look it up and yet you call the Pens head hunters? Pronger cuts player’s legs on purpose or did slip your pea brain too? If you are gonna try and talk, try and make yourself sound a little educated. I’ll bet you couldn’t spell NHL if I gave you the N and the H. So go back to your job as a fluffer your goat is waiting for you.

      • davebabychreturns - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        Good job taking the high road.

      • crashtheboards55 - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        Taking the high road? Who the hell are you? Go find a cat the needs rescued out of a tree.

      • davebabychreturns - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        I’m the guy whose post you replied to.

        It’s obvious you meant to reply to someone else but I just find people’s rapidly escalating hostility to be pretty darn funny.

  4. broadstbully33 - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Philly makes playoffs religiously so ill support my team on a down year, it happens. Philly won’t go bankrupt or be on the verge of relocation.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      You should reply directly to the person you are speaking to so the rest of the people don’t have to read your crappy, whiney posts as if they are something worthwhile. It’s just an idea.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      not with the corporate backing of nbc universal – or a population base of over 7 million in their metro area…bankruptcy would never be in the conversation with the 4th largest media market in the US. in fact philadelphia ranks higher than toronto and montreal too. snider made a killing when he sold it to comcast/nbc. with comcast doing their local coverage and with nbc having tv rights for nationally televised games they effectively “cornered the market”. nice to have that kind of luxury with a market so large. if you are trying to take a shot at the penguins organization, maybe you should do some research into history, market potential, and the revenue streams before you try to compare apples to brussell sprouts. flyers werent selling out the spectrum when they were in the nhl basement 89-94 though either buddy.

    • tatdue - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      You know, I’ve read a lot of the Pittsburgh vs Philly comment wars and the one thing that I’ve always thought was absolutely stupid is the “bankruptcy” comments that a lot of you Philly fans throw out there. It’s like having two people arguing over what kind of sandwich is better and one person says “Your Mama’s fat!” It has absolutely no merit in the actual argument and proves nothing. So when one of you Philly guys throws that “bankruptcy” line out there all it proves is that there is nothing about actual hockey that you can say to make an argument that your team is better!

      • theageofquarrel - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        You just have to take the lawn pile for what he is and nothing more.

    • whatthepuck2012 - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      What a surprise…another Philly fan bringing up the past. And he doesn’t even understand the past he’s bringing up. Informed hockey fans know the bankruptcy/relocation had nothing to do with the fans, and everything to do with politics.
      Next you’ll shock us all with the revelation that Sid is a whiner. Also the past.
      Another thing in the past? 1975.

    • ironman721 - Mar 16, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      He’s right, the flyers will stay in Philly and have plenty of đź’°. They just won’t win the cup.

  5. steelers88 - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Boston or LA can take him we have enough scoring. We need a shutdown defensemen not another scorer.

  6. chyep13 - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    So many things wrong I don’t know where to start.

    First the purpose from the Flames perspective of trading Iginla is not to repeat the cycle of having one player try to carry the franchise. Yes Kipper is getting older, but the Flames won’t trade their best asset to acquire a second top tier goaltender, if you think of Bernier in that context, when you can only play one goaltender at a time. Also the suggestion that the flames have a great void in goaltending depth has never rung hollower over the last 13 years than it does today. Kipprusoff misses 13 games and the fames are closer to the playoffs than they were before he went down.

    Iggy does have an existing relationship with Sutter, but what is that relationship? It is well known that Iginla didn’t always agree with Sutter’s idea that a perfect game is 1 – 0. Sutter was often quoted as saying of the Flames that they were a “Difficult group to coach”, Likely because the on ice leadership, Iginla, didn’t see things Sutter’s way.

    The purpose of Trading Iginla is twofold. Get younger, and get Iggy a cup. The Kings might offer Iggy a cup opportunity, but expecting the flames to give up and additional draft pick is counterproductive from the Flames stand point.

    Consider also, that the Flames are likely not looking to send Iginla anywhere they will have to play him 6 times a year.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      Exactly, obviously Lebrun didn’t bother to talk to the local Calgary media, if he had he’d have discovered that its not exactly a secret around here that Iginla and Sutter really didn’t like each other very much by the end of Sutter’s reign, in fact the word hate was used to describe things. And since Iggy has a no trade clause he gets to dictate whether he’ll go to play with someone he doesn’t like.

  7. manchestermiracle - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    I’d hope the Kings would hold out for at least a decent draft pick in a potential trade of Bernier for Iginla, seeing as how Iginla can’t have much time left in his career.
    Trading Bernier to get Iginla for this season and maybe next might be too expensive.

  8. nunan - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    I would say Boston or LA has the most need for him but whether they’ll actually pull the trigger is another thing. They can’t give up any roster players with the exception of the maybe Peverley, otherwise it kind of defeats the purpose. There in a good spot now. Subtracting anything, even to add Iginla is counterproductive….in my humble opinion.

  9. qauzaq - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Where would he fit in LA’s lineup? It would be stupid to add another winger right now when LA is in need of defensemen. Plus he’s old. And quick has been less then great lately so I don’t think LA is eager to move Bernier right now.

  10. joewilliesshnoz - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Speaking of whining, the Flyers suck.

  11. coffee1977 - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Send him to L.A. I’ll take Chris Stewart and RobynRegehr in Pittsburgh.

  12. OnRepeat Music Blog - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    As much as I love Nathan Horton for what he did for the B’s in the playoffs, he is just not producing this year. I understand his contract is up at the end of the year as well. It might be nice to see Horton gone for Iginla in the top line, and actually see that line produce. Krecji has played winger and done quite well.

  13. Stiller43 - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Why would the pens want iginla?

    Dupuis-croz-kuitz is on fire, and bennett-geno-neal is awesome (when malkins healthy, of course)…

    They really dont need anyone else on offense…and i for one would be upset if they gave up something for him

  14. nananatman - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Back in contention? They haven’t been in contention since the league was tied at 0 in 2006.

  15. nananatman - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Oh and Iginla hated Sutter.

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