It's trade season around the NHL. Plenty of names will pass through the rumor mill between now and the deadline, which is slated for April 3, as teams test the market. The number of deals that get made will all depend on the asking price for impact players.
For example, the Pittsburgh Penguins recently acquired Brenden Morrow and a mid-round draft pick from the Dallas Stars in exchange for prospect Joe Morrow and a late-round pick. That's a reasonable price for a veteran with his track record. It could point to an active deadline.
Let's check out some of the latest updates on players that are beginning to be discussed heavily leading up to April 3. There are a lot of factors that will decide whether they end up with new teams, but the buzz is unavoidable.
Even though Iginla has dealt with trade rumors plenty of times in the past, they have never been as intense as the ones leading up to this year's deadline. It makes sense because the Calgary Flames are fading from the playoff race and Iginla is a free agent at season's end.
Multiple teams have been mentioned as potential landing spots for the longtime star, but Elliotte Friedman of CBC reports a sleeper to keep an eye on is the Vancouver Canucks. Sources tell him Iginla would be interested in joining the Western Conference contenders.
The Canucks make a lot of sense. They are in desperate need of some secondary scoring options to provide support for the Sedin twins and would give Iginla a chance to win a Stanley Cup. Whether the Flames would want to deal him to a division rival is another story, though.
Roy, who was dealt from the Buffalo Sabres to the Dallas Stars during the offseason, is being discussed as a potential trade target once again. The center has scored just four goals in 27 games, but does have 20 points and a plus-six rating.
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reports the Stars are attempting to re-sign Jaromir Jagr, which would squash those rumors, but Roy is another story. He states the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators are both interested in him.
The upside of Roy is obvious. He once scored 81 points, including 32 goals, in 78 games. Any team that acquires the talented center would hope that's the type of production he provides down the stretch. Anaheim and Ottawa both need depth up the middle.
There's a major need for goaltending around the NHL. That explains why a 36-year-old netminder enduring the worst season of his career would still generate interest. Alas, Kiprusoff might not be ready to leave Calgary.
Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos reports Kiprusoff has informed the Flames front office that he won't report to his new team if he's traded before the deadline. Family concerns are the reason given for that stance. He's been in Calgary for a decade.
As always, a lot can change over the course of a week when it comes to trades. As it stands now, though, it looks like teams that are hoping to find an upgrade between the pipes before the stretch run will need to look elsewhere. Kiprusoff wants to stay in Calgary.
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