Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: The Edmonton Oilers reportedly offered the Boston Bruins, Dustin Penner and Tom Gilbert for the 1st round pick that belonged to the Maple Leafs. The Oilers may try again at Draft time with Ales Hemsky, Sam Gagner or Andrew Cogliano.
Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail: Would the Calgary Flames consider asking Jarome Iginla to waive his no-trade clause? Iginla is 33, and Power Forward bodies begin to breakdown faster. Iginla is still effective, but how long can he keep his robust style up. He could fetch a good return, but he is the face of the Flames. “Iginla could end up being the Flames’ Mats Sundin,” an NHL source said. “He wants to stay. He wants to be part of the solution. But what if he has to be traded to make the team better? That’s the question Calgary is left with.”
Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post: What would it take for the Flyers to trade for Carey Price? If the price for Price isn’t too high, could make sense. They can also look to the free agent route; Marty Turco, Evgeni Nabokov, Jose Theodore, Vesa Toskala, and Chris Mason. They could also look at re-signing Michael Leighton. 28 year old Johan Backlund (21-17-2) was played well for Adirondack but would have to be re-signed. Finnish free agent Jussi Rynnas may also be worth the risk if the price is right.
Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Nikita Filatov’s KHL season is over, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be heading back to Columbus to finish their season. There is a chance his days in Columbus are over for good. Unhappy with being a healthy scratch for 6 games, and seeing limited action in 13 games at the beginning of the season, Filatov basically walked out on the team. Some feel he would have a negative impact in the dressing room if they brought him back this year or next. Portzline thinks the Blue Jackets will trade him at the draft for a proven, reliable player.
Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star: It was rumored at the NHL trade deadline that Washington offered Tomas Fleischmann, Karl Alzner and a pick for Tomas Kaberle.