TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger gathered for the latest installment of Insider Trading and the topics discussed were the front-runners in the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes, whether other Flames are likely to be traded and Roberto Luongo's future with the Canucks.
Out of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, L.A. Kings and Chicago Blackhawks, is there a clear front-runner for who will land Jarome Iginla?
Bob McKenzie: I don't know that there is a front-runner necessarily because there are so many moving parts in terms of Iginla, Calgary and the team that they are trading with. But, I would say that Boston is the most motivated team to get Iginla.
When you look at what Boston is trying to do, they lost out on Brenden Morrow, and they do not want to lose out on Iginla. They want and need him perhaps more than Los Angeles, Chicago or Pittsburgh. The price is going to be high for Iginla. He is a rental, a pure rental and right now the Calgary Flames are looking for three elements: a first round pick, a primary prospect and a secondary prospect.
Whether Iginla has more desire to go to Boston than Chicago, Pittsburgh or L.A., he is a Western Conference guy, maybe he wants to stay in the west with L.A. or Chicago. But, Boston seems like the hungriest team to try and get him.
Pierre LeBrun: Folks at home might be surprised that Bob still included Pittsburgh on that list. A lot of people thought - 'Oh they got Murray, they got Morrow , they're done,' - they are not done. The Pittsburgh Penguins are all in for this year.
Their cap situation going forward is going to make things harder for them to have years like this, where they can be all in. They are still in the mix for Iginla. It doesn't mean they are going to get him, but they are going to stay in it and see what it takes to get him as well as other trade opportunities.
The Penguins view this as a year they can go all in.
If Iginla goes, do other Flames follow in rapid succession?
Darren Dreger: In terms of a fire sale, it's certainly possible. The vultures are circling in the other NHL general managers absolutely looking and hoping that certain players come available.
If you look at Miikka Kiprusoff as an elite goaltender in the National Hockey League, the short term that he has, yes absolutely there are teams interested. The Toronto Maple Leafs will inquire; they'll investigate to see how high the price might be. Clearly Kiprusoff has a say in this - maybe not contractually - but he has to report to his new team, and there are some who believe he may not while others say yes, maybe he too is ready for a change.
Then, it kind of spirals from there. Mike Cammalleri has a limited no-trade clause and is good friends with Iginla. If Iginla moves does that mean Cammalleri wants out? Mark Giordano's name is suddenly potentially in play, Jay Bouwmeester and on and on it goes.
Don't the Canucks have to get something for Roberto Luongo at some point soon?
LeBrun: I don't think they sense they have to clean their house right now. They're still trying to win a Stanley Cup this year. They've got the off-season, they feel they've got time to clean that up. And that may include Roberto Luongo if they can't find a taker. Now, I'm told that there are a number of teams that have checked in with Vancouver recently and not just to check on Luongo but on Cory Schneider, the younger cheaper goalie. Now, I think it's highly unlikely to this point that they would move Schneider. The point is still to move Luongo, I just don't think they'll be able to do it before April 3.
McKenzie: The courtship of Danny DeKeyser begins on Tuesday. He's going to be at his advisors' office in Mississauga and all the big guns are coming out to play. We've already had Edmonton owner Daryl Katz phone DeKeyser to try and woo him to go to the Edmonton Oilers. Justin Schultz amongst others has been texting with this young player. There are general managers and some NHL coaches lining up to go in and try and woo him. He has brought his hockey bag and he's ready to go in terms of his equipment. He could sign with somebody before the end of the week and be in their lineup as quickly as that.
Dreger: Keep an eye on Anaheim and the Philadelphia Flyers. I'm not saying Bobby Ryan is on the trade block, it could happen in the off-season, but we know the Ducks are looking for a centre, Sean Couturier's name is in play, that connection could happen if there's a hockey deal.
LeBrun: We all know that Mike Babcock is probably going to be brought back as Olympic coach along with Ken Hitchock and Lindy Ruff. The guy they have to replace is Jacques Lemaire and I think Claude Julien is a leading candidate to be that guy on the Olympic staff.
Dreger: David Clarkson is interesting because he could be the most coveted forward as an unrestricted free agent in the summer. It's Lou Lamoriello and the New Jersey Devils so, who knows? But there has been no meaningful dialogue in terms of a negotiation between Clarkson's camp and the Devils.