With St. Patrick’s Day now behind us and another work week started, let’s get caught up with the latest rumblings from around the NHL and the potential trades that could go down in the next seventeen days.
Starting with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are struggling lately to collect points and maintain their playoff spot. They’re winless in five games and as Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star says, the club could be pressured into a deal soon to avoid another late season meltdown.
Zwolinski lists three things that the Leafs need to do in order to start winning again and make the postseason dance. His second point asks whether it’s time to trade and mentions Mike Ribeiro as a potential target for the Leafs.
The Maple Leafs are said to be looking to add a centreman and a top-four defenseman, much like every other team out there. Ribeiro, a veteran of 13 years in the NHL is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and would bring a cap hit of $5 million if the Leafs were to trade for him.
The 33-year old has 9 goals and 19 assists in 24 games for the Washington Capitals and hasn’t been in the playoffs since since 2008 when he played for the Dallas Stars.
From Calgary where the Jarome Iginla rumors continue to swirl has Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun asking five questions that face the Flames. The biggest one obviously centers around their captain.
Much speculation has been made about who is interested in Iginla and where he might go. Sportak says that as the Flames head out on the road where they’ve lost six straight games, another loss or two this week could make it easier to approach Iginla about waiving his no-trade clause.
Sportak also mentions Jay Bouwmeester and Miikka Kiprusoff as potential trade targets if the Flames fall further behind in the western conference. As of now, the Flames aren’t prepared to make any sudden moves and will focus on this road trip that could make or break their season and implicate if Iginla remains in Calgary.
Staying on the Iginla train, one potential suitor has been the Boston Bruins. Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe thinks that the Bruins will target Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators instead of Iginla.
The Bruins are said to be looking for a second or third line winger or center especially with Chris Kelly out long-term with a broken leg.
Out west where the defending champions are playing like legitimate threats to repeat, the Kings may not be willing to part ways with their most valuable trade asset.