NHL Trade Rumors: Latest Rumblings on Miikka Kiprusoff and Jarome Iginla

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IMarch 26, 2013

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With two teams heading in opposite directions this season, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames could both be seeing some personnel changes before the 2013 NHL trade deadline strikes on April 3.

In a shortened lockout season, NHL fans can look forward to a slew of activity at the deadline, with playoff-bound teams looking to gain the ultimate edge heading into the postseason.

So who's on the move, you ask?

Here are some of the latest trade rumors around the NHL.


Toronto Maple Leafs Looking for a Goalie?

James Reimer and the Toronto Maple Leafs have put together a solid season thus far—owning the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference—but Toronto could be looking to add depth at the goaltender position in the form of Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

ESPN Insider's Victoria Matiash (subscription required) speculates the Leafs could be interested in Kiprusoff:

Lots of twitter noise about Leafs interest in Kiprusoff as reported on TSN. Of course Leafs will inquire IF he's available. Due diligence ... Don't confuse interest with current trade talks or offers. Toronto would like to add a vet goalie. IF Kipper is avail, calls will be made ...

This move isn't about replacing the 25-year-old Reimer, but more about putting a veteran goalie next to him.

The 36-year-old Kiprusoff is an 11-year veteran and could serve as a mentor for Reimer, who is having an excellent season: 11-4-4, .918 save percentage, 2.64 GAA.

Kiprusoff had at least 35 wins in net for Calgary since the 2005-2006 season, but his numbers this season have dipped (3.43 goal against average and .873 save percentage), opening up the trade rumors.

The fact that Kiprusoff is only owed $1.5 million (via Matiash) could make him a hot commodity for multiple NHL teams seeking veteran leadership. 


The Latest on Jarome Iginla

Speaking of the Calgary Flames, they could be losing a key member of their offense, as multiple sources—including ESPN's Pierre LeBrun and Victoria Matiash (Insider access required)—report that Jarome Iginla could be on the move.

Matiash already wrote that the Flames are looking to blow up their roster, and all signs point to Iginla being included in the house cleaning. 

LeBrun writes that the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings head Iginla's list of teams to be dealt to, but Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the 35-year-old Iginla will be too costly for Chicago. 

Iginla has put together an excellent career in his 15 years in Calgary, posting 12 consecutive seasons of at least 60 points, highlighted by back-to-back 90-plus point seasons in 2006-07 and 2007-08, but his age has to worry some GMs, especially since he'll likely just be a rental player.

Nonetheless, Iginla will be on the move by the April 3 deadline.


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