According to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Penguins may look to trade one of their young defensemen for a player who can have a bigger impact on the team this season.
Rossi notes that the Columbus Blue Jackets had three high ranking members of their organization watching the Penguins last night and thinks that the Penguins could target defenseman Jack Johnson as they look to sure up their defense.
Johnson is reportedly good friends with Sidney Crosby.
Rossi also notes that there is talk of the Penguins are looking at pending UFA and Flames captain Jarome Iginla.
Iginla and Crosby were linemates at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
The Penguins are 15-8 this season and rank second in the NHL with 30 points.
In the Daily News, Filip Bondy writes that the Rangers top priority next season is to add more scoring to a team that was severely lacking in it during the playoffs.
They need more firepower than Richards and Marion Gaborik. In the 1994 playoffs, Messier collected 30 points on 12 goals and 18 assists in 23 games. Richards and Gaborik combined for 11 goals, 26 points, together.
The Rangers averaged 2.15 goals for during the playoffs.
Adam Rotter: This is going to be an interesting pursuit for the Rangers. People will connect them to Rick Nash, but I think that ship has sailed and the Rangers will look to other options. Any option, whether in free agency or by trade, will cost the Rangers, but the right move here could be the final piece and one where the Rangers may be ready to part with a piece or two. One guy that I would keep an eye on, if he decides he wants to leave and be available, Jarome Iginla.
Iginla has a no-move clause and is signed for next season with a cap hit of $7 million.
The short answer to this is NO and has to do with the salary cap implications and the prospects and pieces they would have to give up. I don’t think that the Rangers are in a position to go after Iginla though because I don’t think they are quite ready to add that kind of a piece to make a big run. They are still growing into being a contender and I think it would be the wrong move to give up key pieces to bring Iginla in.
Flames President Ken King told the Calgary Herald, via TSN, that Iginla and GM Darryl Sutter will be with the team next season.
Iginla has three years and $21 million left on his contract that includes a no-trade clause.
….Iginla rumors would have been fun to track but from reading that article it seems like Calgary thinks they can get right back into the playoff mix. They had 90 points and finished in tenth place, five points out of the eighth spot. However they only have around $3 million in cap space for next season to improve the team.
According to the Calgary Herald, Calgary Flames Captain Jarome Iginla says he would consider leaving Calgary if the team asked.
“If they don’t want me here and they want to move in a direction or rebuild or believed they could do better, I would look at it.”
Iginla, 32, had 32 goals and 37 assists this season, even as he struggled over the last three months.
Calgary finished in tenth place in the Western Conference with 90 points.
… If Iginla hits the market, there will be a long list of teams for a Calgary team that was close to the playoffs, but probably on the closer side to rebuilding. They traded Dion Phaneuf, and Olli Jokinen, and seem like they are trying to re-make their roster. Moving Iginla would signal a rebuild, but he would certainly get a good package back in return.
Would the Rangers have interest, most certainly. However, he seemed to suffer from the same thing that hurt, Marian Gaborik, a lack of a true center to play with. He would cost a lot but if he does hit the market, expect to have the Rangers to be at least rumored to be involved.
He is signed for the next three seasons with a cap hit of $7 million.