NHL Rumors: Jarome Iginla, Jaromir Jagr and More Buzz Around the League

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 07:  Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Dallas Stars stick handles into the Los Angeles Kings zone at Staples Center on March 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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On today's edition of NHL Trade Rumors, we'll play a little game I like to call "Old Faces in New Places? Not yet!"

It's a working title.

With the NHL rumors in full swing as the season winds to a close, a few names have become popular subjects of trade talk, namely a trio of veterans continue to pop up in the news. While one of them—and I'm sure you can guess who—will be traded any day now, the other two may not be going anywhere after all.

It's time to play your favorite NHL trade rumors game, OFINPNY! (It's a working acronym...)


Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames

Hey, have you heard of that Jarome Iginla guy? Did you know he's on the trading block?

Oh, you've heard that? He's been on the trading block for a month now? Right. Okay then, you probably only want an update on where he might be heading, I suppose. Elliotte Friedman of CBC has you covered:

There are multiple reports of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings. I was nervous Saturday about specific teams because there was conflicting information. Initially, the four mentioned to me were Pittsburgh, Boston, Los Angeles and Anaheim Ducks. I don't like to guess and wasn't certain.

Here's the kicker, though. There are some excellent sources who say Iginla would go to the Vancouver Canucks.

Well, that does change things a bit, doesn't it? 

Meanwhile over at TSN, Pierre LeBrun is convinced the Penguins are going to be the team that lands him:

A lot of people thought—'Oh they got [Douglas] Murray, they got [Brendan] Morrow , they're done,'—they are not done. The Pittsburgh Penguins are all in for this year.

Their cap situation going forward is going to make things harder for them to have years like this, where they can be all in. They are still in the mix for Iginla. It doesn't mean they are going to get him, but they are going to stay in it and see what it takes to get him as well as other trade opportunities.

You may have thought the race for Iginla was drawing to a close, but it apparently is just heating up. Stay tuned.


Jaromir Jagr, Dallas Stars

You may have thought the veteran Jaromir Jagr would find himself on a new team before the trading deadline, but according to LeBrun, the Stars have no intention of moving him at this time:

Jaromir Jagr’s name has been floated in trade rumors because he’s an (Unrestricted Free Agent) after the season. But sources told ESPN.com Monday that the Dallas Stars and Jagr’s camp (agent Petr Svoboda) have begun contract talks on an extension. There’s no guarantee they’ll agree to a deal, but at least the process has begun.

Jagr is a solid veteran presence to have in the locker room and can still get it done on the ice, with 14 goals and 11 assists on the season. With the Stars in the mix for one of the final playoff spots, it makes sense for the team to keep him around and work out an extension.

Even at 41, Jagr is still getting it done. The man is a legend, plain and simple.


Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

Did you know Roberto Luongo was still a member of the Vancouver Canucks? 

It's true, he still hasn't been traded despite Cory Schneider seemingly being the guy the Canucks want to go forward with. But as LeBrun notes, Luongo likely isn't going anywhere anytime soon:

All these months later and Roberto Luongo is still a Vancouver Canuck. Teams have been asking about him when calling Vancouver over the last little while—perhaps just as much out of curiosity—but teams are also asking about Cory Schneider. It’s highly unlikely the Canucks move Schneider, even though the offers would be more substantive for him than Luongo. It’s sounding more and more like the Luongo situation will have to wait until the offseason to iron itself out. 

It's not a bad problem for the Canucks to have, I suppose. The team has two very good goalies while many teams don't have one. Still, this situation feels like it has dragged on forever. 

At least it hasn't really affected Luongo's play—he's 7-4-3 with a 2.47 goals-against average and save percentage of .904. Those marks aren't quite up to his usual standard, but they're hardly terrible.


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