NHL Rumors: Tracking Top Potential Movers Heading into Trade Deadline
Lost in all the madness of March is the 2013 NHL trade deadline, which is fast approaching. Only four days remain for teams to make their final moves heading into the season's home stretch.
The East-leading Pittsburgh Penguins made a statement earlier this week, acquiring Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames, bolstering an attack that already ranks first in the NHL. But it's unlikely the Pens are the last team to make a big-time roster change this season.
Here we'll track the latest rumors and buzz surrounding some of the league's top potential movers.
Derek Roy Drawing Interest?
Dallas Stars center Derek Roy is drawing interest from several teams around the league as the April 3 trade deadline approaches. According to NESN.com, Anaheim, Boston and Ottawa are three teams who could potentially be in the mix.
Roy is in just his first season with the Stars after coming over from Buffalo and has 21 points (four goals and 17 assists) through 28 games.
Although there is a real shot Dallas opts to hold onto Roy past the deadline and into the offseason, his ability to provide offense for a playoff team this spring leads many, including myself, to believe he'll be moved by the time Wednesday's deadline arrives.
Jay Bouwmeester Set to Follow Jarome Iginla out of Calgary?
Calgary Flames legend Jarome Iginla made a splash late Wednesday night when he was traded to the surging Pittsburgh Penguins, but it seems Iginla may not be the last big piece the Flames move this season.
This from the Calgary Sun's Randy Sportak: "...the buzz surrounding Flames defenceman Jay Bouwmeester has the Red Wings, Flyers, St. Louis Blues and Ottawa Senators all sniffing around."
The 29-year-old Bouwmeester has played the past four seasons in Calgary and has been especially solid this season, boasting a career-best 10.9 shooting percentage. But with the Flames falling further behind in the Western Conference playoff race, it's certainly not difficult to imagine the front office parting ways with Bouwmeester if it lands the right deal that offers up a few coveted pieces in return.
Maple Leafs Still in the Mix for Roberto Luongo?
It's certainly no secret that the Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to add a veteran goalie to their roster in hopes of making a deep run in the Stanley Cup playoffs this spring.
According to TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger (via Twitter), Vancouver and Toronto aren't done talking just yet:
Sources say Vancouver reached out to Toronto this week to revisit Loungo talks.Flames hoping for a better read on Kipper's future this wknd.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 29, 2013
Luongo will turn 34 a day after the April 3 trade deadline, but the Maple Leafs don't care. After all, Luongo has started 60 playoff games since 2007, and that sort of experience is what has drawn so much interest in the Montreal native.
Considering Toronto's goalies James Reimer and Ben Scrivens have a combined zero playoff games under their belts, the Leafs would be wise to pull out all the stops in their pursuit of Luongo, who boasts more than 1,860 playoff saves in his career.
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