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Report: Bruins currently lead the Iginla sweepstakes

Mar 26, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

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Surely you haven’t heard enough about Jarome Iginla, right? Well, the latest update from QMI Agency is that at least one anonymous front office member from an NHL team believes that the Boston Bruins are currently in the lead in the Iggy sweepstakes:

“I think the Bruins are the front runners right now,” That anonymous source said. “With what the (Pittsburgh) Penguins did the last couple of days, they’re motivated.”

The price tag is the even bigger question, however.

While some onlookers believe that the Calgary Flames are asking for a promising young goaltender, the Bruins’ willingness to move 2012 first-rounder Malcolm Subban is up for debate. QMI’s report indicates they’d be willing to do so, yet Sportsnet’s Mark Spector indicates the opposite.

(Spector described Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli as “flatly refusing” such an idea.)

If the Bruins balk, Spector points to the Los Angeles Kings as a logical destination. They’d be asked to part with backup Jonathan Bernier and possibly a first-round pick in that scenario, at least at Calgary’s current price.

Also in the mix if the Flames settle for a vaguer goal of prospects and picks are the Chicago Blackhawks (though they’re unwilling to move a guy like Brandon Saad) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (at least they might be involved enough to try to drive the price up on Boston, according to Spector).

There’s always the chance Iginla, 35, could stay with the Flames, but the next week has the potential to be an entertaining ride.

  1. radio854321 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Suter is going to the Red Wings and Parise is going to the Pens…you guys dont know sh#@

  2. bcisleman - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    The problem w/ LAK is that Lombardi has said he needs a viable backup in return if he is shipping out Bernier. Kipper has already said he wouldn’t report if traded and including him would increase the return CAL would expect would be that much greater. Unless, of course, Deano would accept the legendary Joey McDonald as a backup.

    Can’t see why Subban would be so sacrosanct. Rask is 26. He likely has a good 10 years ahead of him as BOS goalie. If Chiarelli can’t groom a suitable replacement in 10 years, its time for him to retire.

    • nunan - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:33 AM

      You never know what’s going to happen (injuries, contract disputes, under-performing, etc). What if they sign Rask to 5 years and at the end of that contract, Subban is demanding a starting job bc he’s so good (and cheaper)? Makes sense to create that option.It is completely legitimate for a GM, especially one as good as PC, to want to create depth within the organization, never-mind at the most important position on the ice. Subban has a high ceiling and has a chance to be a franchise goaltender. I’m not completely against giving him up but I understand why a GM wouldn’t want to. Homegrown talent is so important. I heard from Eric Francis on the radio this morning that he doesn’t think Calgary even wants Subban, given the Flames goalie prospects already. So who knows?

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:55 AM

        Roger Millions (the host of Flames broadcasts) said the same thing, the Flames are very high on Kari Ramo, and are excited to see what he’ll do over here next year.

        I’d also point out that people need to take what Mark Spector says with a massive grain of salt, he’s an absolute hack! The guy lives in Edmonton and will go out of his way to fawn all over the Oilers and take away from anyone the Oilers consider rivals. Great example: in December he wrote an article talking about how the Oilers would likely be top team this year because of their players all being in OKC, with absolutely no other reasoning besides that…how’d that work out Spector? How’s your boy the Nuge doing?

      • stakex - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:13 AM

        The only legit reason for Boston wanting to hang onto Subban is fear that Rask might bolt after the season. He is only signed through this year, and while I highly doubt he would leave Boston… nothing is sure until its on paper and signed. Always nice to have a backup plan.

        I mean sure, every team would love to have two top notch goalies in case your starter gets hurt… but thats not practicle. If he really is that good, Subban won’t want to play second fiddle to a guy whos not going anywhere. Not to mention Subban has decent trade value right now, at least in this situation. If he fails to perform at the pro level that value will go away in a real hurry… so Boston might be wise to make a move now if they can.

        Its not often you have a legit chance for a Cup, and giving up a goalie prospect you don’t need for a player that might put you over the top seems like a no brainer.

      • dolanster - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        Yah, even to hold down Rask’s UFA contract-bargaining power, having Subban is a big plus. If say Boston goes to the Finals or even Conf Finals and Rask is great, then he’ll be asking for the kitchen sink when his contract expires and you have to give it to him — especially if you’ve traded your 1st-round pick goalie prospect. Subban has a chance to be an all-star, you just don’t trade a kid like that.

  3. comeonnowguys - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    With every bit of respect due Iginla: Giving up Saad isn’t worth it.

  4. nicknyhc - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Is Iginla even worth all this fuss in all honesty?

    • govtminion - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:11 AM

      An overhyped player at the trade deadline? They never are- remember a couple of years ago (well, and the five years prior!) when everyone fawned over Tomas Kaberle? And how well that went when the Bruins finally did get him?

      Same ol’. :/

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:59 AM

        Kaberle was never that good of a player, he was a product of Toronto and any player who plays there is automatically considered 10-15% better than they actually are because of the TSN, Sportsnet and CBC machines that love them some Toronto hockey.

        Besides that didn’t the Bruins win the cup the year they traded for Kaberle?

      • hockeydon10 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        Oh, c’mon now.

        You KNOW that Kaberle is the only reason they won the Cup. He carried that team on his back through the entire playoffs. He was robbed — ROBBED! — of the Conn Smythe!

      • dolanster - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        The Bruins won the Cup when they signed Kaberle — no thanks to him — but it went “well” as far as the ending. ;)

    • badintent - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:24 AM

      No, the tank is low and he is on flames at this point(no pun intended)

    • sabatimus - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      Not for what the B’s would have to give up. For a rental, too–one who’s skills are only going to decline.

  5. 950003cups - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Iginla sweepstakes? A bit over the top, don’t ya think? Iginla has played for the Flames and ONLY the flames in his career. He wont just go to another team and thrive as 2nd fiddle to another captain. He wasn’t much a star player in the Olympics.

    It’s not what you think. He’s no Gretzky.

    • 19to77 - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:09 AM

      He’s listed four teams with four captains he’s willing to play second fiddle to if it means actually winning the occasional hockey game.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:42 AM

      If it was reported he was in the pens sights you would be slobbering all over him your a dbag !

      • hockeydon10 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:04 AM

        With a name like “950003cups”, wouldn’t he be a Devils fan?

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        No only Penquin’s fans rub Cups in eveyrbody’s face !

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:56 AM

      So let me get this right, you’re using a single tournament from 3 years ago to decide who is and who isn’t a good hockey player?

      And the revisionist history that goes on around that tournament is great, here’s the truth: Iginla was better than Crosby in that tournament, which isn’t saying much because Crosby was mediocre over that span HOWEVER because Crosby scored the goal everyone forgets everything else about just talks about how great he was and how he led Canada to gold. Do you know who set up that goal? I’ll give you a hint, we’re talking about him right now.

  6. csilojohnson - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Jeez you are a moron eiggles. Do you have no shame? I couldn’t put my 3rd grade reading level on display the way you do every day.

  7. raiderufan - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Can someone explain to me why the price tag is so high? I realize Iginla is a solid top 2 lines type of player but he’s also 35 and probably not much longer for the league. Do the Flames expect teams to make their fans happy that “THE GUY” on the team is being traded by asking for way more than he’s worth and hoping someone bites? I just don’t understand how a 35 y/o winger on a terrible team that has to trade him or risk getting nothing in return can posiible justify asking for a top level prospect AND a 1st round pick.

    That said I like having Subban in the system but unless Tuuka doesn’t resign we won’t need him for a least a few years and in that time I’d bet at least one mmore prospect goalie can be scrounged up by the team. I just don’t like it being him and a first. Seems foolish….but if a cup comes from it then DEAL AWAY!!!

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      The price tag is as high as it is for 2 reasons:

      1. Ken King, Jay Feaster and the rest of the Flames brass are out of touch with reality and are shooting for the moon cause they don’t think that fans here realize that there’s a need for a rebuild and that this trade will somehow come as a shock to everyone in the city.

      2. It’s the trade deadline, every contender (and plenty of teams who aren’t real contenders) panic and think they have to pull off a big deal to put them over the top, completely forgetting the fact that they would never pay the same price for those players 364 other days of the year. Although I’m biased and want to see Iginla do well and win a cup, I fully admit the trades that usually put teams over the top arent for players like Iggy, they’re usually trades for defensive depth, 4th line guys who can kill penalties well and faceoff specialists.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        Exactly. See: Doug Murray trade

  8. nunan - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Just heard PC on Boston radio say “I am not trading Malcom Subban”. So that’s that…

    • govtminion - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      Which, normally, would be the end of it. But… nothing against Chiarelli, of course, but at this time of year I trust what an NHL general manager says about as far as I can throw Dustin Byfuglien.

      • nunan - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        Ya he isn’t usually one to say something like that and then do a complete 180 though. I think he knows what he wants and sticks to it. I’ve heard Calgary isn’t even interested in him anyway bc of their prospect depth at that position.

  9. matthews4 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    It’s about balance, and I don’t see where the B’s need another power forward to go with Lucic,Horton, and Caron. I think they are better off getting a sniper like Ales Hemsky at a much cheaper price, and 6 years younger. Edmonton is looking for some sandpaper. Maybe Caron or Lane MacDermid and a pick. No disrespect to Jerome but we can not afford to get slower.

    • nunan - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      I’m all for Iginla. If that doesn’t happen, I’d even like to see Clowe. I just want players who fit in with the identity of the team. A change in scenery could probably help him…imagine him on the ice the same time as Lucic and Chara? Finesse guys don’t really work out here. I don’t know much about Hemsky so I’m not really judging him. I don’t want Jagr though. He isn’t the player that is going to put them over the top.

      • valoisvipers - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        nunan Give your head a shake! You would take Hemsky and not take Jagr, a GM you are not.

      • nunan - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        i didnt say that

      • valoisvipers - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:04 PM

        Nunan Sorry my bad!
        Why would you not want Jagr though?

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      If you’re looking for Hemsky to be a sniper you’d be disappointed in a big way, Hemsky has offensive skills but is much more comfortable passing, that’s the biggest knock on him is that he’d rather look for a pass than taking a scoring chance he might have.

      Also Hemsky signed a new contract last year, he’ll have 1 year remaining at $5 million (I believe) Iginla is a free agent at the end of the season, so cost wise Iginla is a better investment.

  10. titansbro - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Chiarelli said on T &R this morning that he WILL NOT trade Subban. He repeated it several times. Safe to say he isn’t going to trade him. He’s not a “smokescreen” guy.

  11. thehighcountrybear - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Much ado about nothing, talk about over-rated…?

    Jarome’s well past his sell-by-date, and anyone thinking he’d be either a game breaker or be capable of pushing a team over the top in the present needs to watch some Flame’s video from the past four years [ I know, I know, a big ask...keep lots of strong coffee close at hand ].

    Having evolved into a truly average journeyman, Iginla might help a team with a full season to adapt, and with coaching willing to put up with his floating I’m the man I’m the man ways? An immediate fix, no, anathema to Cup aspirations, yes…

    No…players getting this kind of ink should have a few Cups in their résumés. Not so Jarome…great leaders drag lesser players to Cup finals and championships all on their own. And, it’s that very characteristic a buyer would be looking for, but would be ultimately disappointed for the lack when time for proving came!

    • valoisvipers - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      HCBear I think that years of playing without hope in Calgary has taken a toll on his performance but I am also sure that if he were to go to a contender he would play like the Iggy of old.

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