Jarome Iginla is heading east to join the Pittsburgh Penguins. It's a trade that leaves no doubt as to which team should be considered the favorite to win the Stanley Cup and forces other teams around the league to try to match the Penguins.
Luckily for other general managers, there are some other big names being floated into the trade market now that the first major chip has fallen. It gives them options if they decide to make a run at a championship like Pittsburgh clearly is.
Let's take a look at some of the latest buzz making its way around the league and examine what it could mean for the players involved. The trade deadline is set for April 3.
Martin St. Louis
The Tampa Bay Lightning are quickly fading from the playoff race, though it's been through no fault of St. Louis. The dynamic veteran winger has been producing at well over a point-per-game pace, often playing alongside Steven Stamkos.
At 37, it's easy to see why he would become popular trade fodder, especially with the Lightning still a couple seasons from contention. Yet, Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe reports Tampa Bay isn't interesting in moving him.
Although things can always change as the deadline approaches, removing St. Louis from the market would be a bummer for contending general managers. He's exactly the type of player who can step right in and change the complexion of the Cup chase. It's still a situation worth watching.
Cory Schneider and Luongo are both capable of being No. 1 goaltenders. While having both of them gives the Vancouver Canucks some flexibility, owning two key assets at the same position—where one can carry the load—isn't the best allocation of resources.
So it's no surprise to hear Luongo's name being discussed again. Damien Cox of the Toronto Star reports the Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs resumed talks involving the veteran netminder. He states that doesn't mean a deal is imminent, though.
The connection, which was persistent before the season began, still makes sense. Ben Scrivens and James Reimer have performed admirably while splitting time, but Luongo can take the Leafs to another level when he's at his best. He needs to start consistently to reach top form, however.
Clowe is an interesting case. The San Jose Sharks winger scored at least 17 goals in each of the previous for seasons. In the current lockout-shortened campaign, he's failed the find the net in 27 games. It's a baffling drought.
The inability to provide goals isn't stopping teams from showing interest in him. The Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens and the aforementioned Canucks are among those in the mix, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com. He also mentions Clowe has a no-trade clause.
Perhaps the biggest hurdle to getting a deal done is San Jose finding fair market value. The Sharks would be moving a player who's shown he can score in the NHL at a point when his stock is clearly dropping. Due to that, they might be better off holding onto him for now.