I kid, I kid, but Iginla had certainly been dominating the NHL headlines for quite some time (well, along with his new team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, which have won 13 straight games). But now, in the wake of Iginla's trade, those contenders that missed out on the Calgary Flames star will now be scrambling to find another impact player on the market.
Here, I've identified three players who could very well be moved before the deadline. They may not have the same impact on a contender as Iginla, but each would be a very nice addition for teams making a playoff push this season.
Ryane Clowe, San Jose Sharks
With Jarome Iginla now off the market, Ryane Clowe becomes one of the most intriguing players on the trade block. Like Iginla, he has a full no-trade clause, so he'll ultimately be able to dictate where he ends up.
Might that team be the Montreal Canadiens? Don't count on it, says Pierre LeBrun of ESPN:
Clowe, though, is exactly what the Habs need, a power forward to complement the skill they have up front. But GM Marc Bergevin isn’t terribly keen, I think, about the idea of giving up prime, future assets for a rental player. He knows his team, despite its success this season, isn’t in the all-in mentality of Boston and Pittsburgh when it comes to the trade deadline. And the Canadiens don’t have the same depth of prospects in the organization as the Bruins and Penguins do.
The early price on Clowe, I’m told, is a first-round pick and another young asset. There’s zero chance the Canadiens trade a first-round pick. Bergevin wants to continue to build his base. He’s got the long-term view in mind.
Per LeBrun, the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks (among other Western teams) are all expected to be in the hunt for Clowe.
While Clowe has struggled somewhat this season—he hasn't scored a goal and has 10 assists—he's generally good for 50 points a season, and he's a tough grinder who will bring a potential contender some serious grit.
Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames
Might the Flames continue dealing their big names?
Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff has long been rumored to be on the trade block, and Darren Dreger of TSN verified on Twitter that the two sides have already discussed that possibility:
Jay Feaster approached Kiprusoff's agent (L.Kelly) 10 days ago. Kelly told Feaster if there's trade potential consult with Kipper first.#TSN— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 27, 2013
But here's the problem—Kiprusoff apparently has no desire to be traded. Unlike Iginla, he doesn't have a no-movement clause, but Kiprusoff may have found a solution to that little conundrum, according to Nick Kypreos of SportsNet:
Based on these tweets, it sounds as though Kiprusoff is trying to control both whether and where he gets traded. It remains to be seen if his little gambit will work—and whether teams will be more intrigued in him than, say, Vancouver's Roberto Luongo—but he's clearly on the block at this point.
Ryan Whitney, Edmonton Oilers
Before the Boston Bruins landed and subsequently lost Jarome Iginla Thursday morning, the team was reportedly interested in acquiring Ryan Whitney from the Edmonton Oilers. You can bet that interest has only been compounded now that Iginla is a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
From Joe Haggerty of CSNNE:
.@csnne has confirmed Bruins are engaged in discussions w/Edmonton on a deal that would potentially bring Ryan Whitney and forward to Boston— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) March 27, 2013
While Whitney obviously wouldn't fill a major need for the team at forward, Boston also needs to improve its defense, and Whitney would help in that regard. Yes, he's struggled to stay healthy, but he's a solid blueliner when he's on the ice and would be a nice little consolation prize for the Bruins after the Iginla debacle.
Well, if the team cannot pry Martin St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning, that is.