TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger gathered for the latest installment of Insider Trading and the topics discussed were Jarome Iginla's trade market, the San Jose Sharks possible moves, Marian Gaborik's availability, and the possibility of Jaromir Jagr reuniting with Philadelphia.
With Corey Perry signing an extension in Anaheim, Jarome Iginla has moved to the top of the trade list. How likely is an Iginla trade right now?
Bob McKenzie: There is certainly a chance that Iginla will be traded before the deadline. There is talk out there that maybe Iginla has given the Calgary Flames a list of teams he'd accept a trade to. Teams we're hearing that may be on the list are Pittsburgh, Boston, and Vancouver. Then somebody else would say, ‘No, that list is actually five or six teams. You have to make sure you include the Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings, and Detroit Red Wings.' It goes on and on.
I can't sit here and tell you absolutely that Iginla has given the Flames a list, nor can I tell you for sure which teams may or may not be on said list, if it exists. But I can tell you that the ball is rolling on the ‘Trade Iginla' process the Flames have to go through.
The second thing you need to know is that Iginla controls this entirely. Just like Rick Nash controlled the process with the Columbus Blue Jackets last year. The Flames would like a wide range of teams to talk to and try and drive up the price. But Iginla decides how big or small this process gets; whether it moves forward or stops. He's driving this bus.
Pierre LeBrun: Jay Bouwmeester is not driving the bus but he may not be going anywhere anyway. He has another year on his deal so there is no urgency for the Flames to move who is essentially their best defenceman, or one of their best defencemen. St. Louis and Detroit are among the teams who have interest in Bouwmeester but because he has another year on his deal, I think it would take a huge offer for the Flames to entertain moving him this year.
One of the teams everybody seems to be watching right now is the San Jose Sharks, who slipped to eighth in the Western Conference entering Tuesday night. There is a feeling that GM Doug Wilson may want to make a couple of significant moves.
LeBrun: I think he is going to re-tweak that roster, somewhat before the Trade Deadline on April 3, but also in the off-season. The player to watch right now is Dan Boyle. He's not a UFA – he's not a rental player – he has another year left on his deal at $6.7 million, but he is available for the right price. They are trying to make room for Brent Burns to be the No. 1 guy for the next few years.
I believe the New York Rangers have talked to San Jose about him; they have interest in Boyle but the question remains: is there a fit?
The Rangers are chasing Boyle but are also willing to deal Marian Gaborik, who has one year and $7.5 million left on his deal. That's a high price tag. Is there a market?
Darren Dreger: Multiple teams have called the Rangers to express some interest or at least get a feel for what is going to be needed to move Gaborik. But you're right; the price is high although the Rangers are very protective. They remind anyone that asks that this guy has scored 30 goals or more seven separate times in his NHL career. The Rangers are still looking for a top-four defenceman, and they want a top-nine forward; someone with a different element – a bit of grit – going into the playoffs. They've got enough scoring power, or so they thought they did going into this season, so Gaborik most definitely could be in play.
The Dallas Stars are suffering from ‘middle-standing syndrome.' They could be buyers or they could be sellers. If they end up selling, who might they sell?
LeBrun: Derek Roy is a guy that they have tried to sign over the last couple of weeks and it hasn't gone anywhere. You start to think if the Stars slip out they might move him. I think they will and the Anaheim Ducks are a team to watch here. They're looking for a No. 2 centre. People are saying they are going to trade Bobby Ryan after signing Corey Perry. It's the contrary – they're keeping Ryan and they want to add a No. 2 centre. Roy kind of fits the bill if they can get a deal done with Dallas.
Stephen Weiss was also a guy that Anaheim would have had interest in but obviously no longer after his injury.
McKenzie: And Brenden Morrow, captain of the Stars, is also likely to be on the move. He's the lower case Jarome Iginla for the Stars franchise, and if he wants a soft landing with a playoff contender that is interested, Boston might be that team. The Bruins could have some interest in a wily vet like Morrow if he's healthy enough. He has full control over the process as well.
The list is pretty long in Dallas. You have Roy and Morrow, what about a guy like Jaromir Jagr. Wouldn't a team like Philadelphia love to have him back?
Dreger: It would make sense because of how he played with Claude Giroux and Giroux is missing that from his game this season, there's no doubt about that. There is a lot of soul searching going on in Philadelphia right now. So as much as Jagr coming in would help Giroux, he wouldn't help a whole lot else. Is it a coaching situation? Is it a managing situation? Do they wait until the off-season? There are too many questions to answer in Philly.