NHL Trade Rumors: Rounding Up All the Latest Buzz and Speculation
Even though players cannot be signed or traded during the NHL lockout, that hasn't stopped teams from thinking about what moves they will want to make once the work stoppage ends.
There are plenty of players who could be traded, and many free agents that will need to be signed once the lockout is over.
Let's look at the latest trade rumor(s) and speculate on players who could possibly be traded if there is a season.
There have been very few actual rumors since the lockout began, and most of them have involved Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo.
John Shannon of Sportsnet recently gave us an update on Luongo's situation:
However, I have been told that the next time Roberto Luongo plays in the NHL, he will play for the Toronto Maple Leafs. It is from a reputable source. End of story.
I do not know who or what he will be traded for, and believe it or not, I don’t think general managers Mike Gillis and Brian Burke know either. The rules of any new collective bargaining agreement will dictate the actual transaction.
Even though Leafs general manager Brian Burke is usually opposed to trading for players with huge long-term contracts, if you can get a player of Luongo's caliber without losing a significant piece of your NHL roster then a deal must be made.
Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins
A lot of teams look for goaltending help during the season, so even though Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas said he's taking a year off from the NHL, turning down an opportunity to win a Stanley Cup with another team might be tough to turn down.
If Thomas ends his break from the NHL before the trade deadline, what options does he have? I don't think there's a chance that the Bruins ever bring him back, but Tuukka Rask's recent injury scare may change that because the young goaltender's groin issues could become an issue.
When you consider the fact that Thomas can carry a team that struggles to score on the power play or at even strength in the playoffs, if he wants to play this season, don't be surprised if several teams make an attempt to acquire him.
Jonathan Bernier, Los Angeles Kings
There hasn't been any new Jonathan Bernier rumors of late, but that could certainly change once the lockout ends.
Any team that pursues Luongo and doesn't acquire him, but still wants to make a move for a netminder, might turn their attention to the Los Angeles Kings goaltender.
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
If the Anaheim Ducks don't have enough money to re-sign both Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf before they hit free agency next summer, the team would be wise to prioritize keeping Perry.
Perry's production over the last three years has been better than Getzlaf's, and as a legitimate No. 1 center, Getzlaf would probably have more value on the trade market.
The Ducks must continue to add top young players to their organization, and trading either of these superstars would help Anaheim acquire more talent for the future.
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Following a busy offseason in which general manager Jay Feaster added several talented players to the roster, it's hard to imagine the Calgary Flames would trade Jarome Iginla before seeing how well the team can play with their new additions.
Will Jarome Iginla re-sign with the Flames?
Iginla will always be loved in Calgary, even if he leaves and wins a Stanley Cup with another team, but right now it's hard to really predict where he will finish his career.
Since Iginla has just one year left on this contract, there isn't a lot of risk for teams who may be looking to add a veteran scorer for the playoffs. This could increase his trade value.
For more trade speculation on Iginla, check out my recent article in which I listed the "5 Top Candidates to Land Jarome Iginla in 2012-13."
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. He was also the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston. Follow him on Twitter.
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