Buzz: The Penguins Are Reportedly Interested In Jack Johnson and/or Jarome Iginla

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.

Poll: Which Player Would You Prefer The Rangers Trade For?

For the sake of discussion and to see the preference of Rangers fan, if the cost for each player was the same, which of the players below would you like to see the Rangers acquire via trade.

CLICK HERE for a section on Iginla.

CLICK HERE for a section on Ryan.

CLICK HERE for a section on Nash.

Buzz: The Flames Rumors Could Start Up Soon

8:04PM Darren Dreger said on Insider Trading that Flames GM Jay Feaster didn’t hire Bob Hartley to coach with the intent of trading veteran players like Jarome Iginla.

12:21PM:

Iginla is signed for this season at $7 million. Jay Bouwmeester is signed for two more seasons at $6.8 million.

Both players have no-trade clauses.

Calgary has seven players under contract for next season that do not have no-trade clauses. They have 9 players who have some version of a no-trade clause for next season.

Craig Custance of ESPN tweets, “Holland said trade talks already started at yesterday’s GMs meeting in NY.”

Read: The Need For More Scoring

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.

Mailbag: Should They Make A Move For Jarome Iginla?

During the Hot Stove segment on Hockey Night In Canada, Eric Francis said that Jarome Iginla was, for the first time, thinking about a career outside of Calgary.

He wrote about it as well in the Calgary Sun yesterday.

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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.

Buzz: Nothing To Any Jarome Iginla Rumors (Update)

Update: 6:19PM:

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Original Post:

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…Where does this type of nonsense come from?

Buzz: Iginla Not Going Anywhere

Last month, when asked by reporters on break up day, Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames said that he would consider leaving the Flames if the team asked him.

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.