The NHL trade deadline is almost here (Wednesday, April 3), and the rumors around Miikka Kiprusoff, Jaromir Jagr and the top players on the block have the hockey world buzzing.
Now that the standings have started to depict which teams will be buyers and which will be sellers at the deadline (some franchises still can’t figure it out), the moves will begin to come fast and furious.
All of the following names have been mentioned in trade rumors, and that will only continue until the deadline finally passes.
All contract and salary cap information courtesy of CapGeek.com.
Miikka Kiprusoff, G, Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames' fire sale continued Monday night as the team traded defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to St. Louis (h/t CBC). This move comes on the heels of a deal that sent long-time captain Jarome Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins (h/t ESPN).
Veteran goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff may be the next player moved before the deadline.
TSN analyst and former NHL star Aaron Ward is reporting that the Flames have given the Toronto Maple Leafs permission to talk with Kiprusoff before making a possible deal:
Aaron Ward @NHL_AaronWard
Calgary Flames have granted Toronto Maple Leafs permission to talk to Kiprusoffs representatives #TSN2013-4-1 22:59:22
The Maple Leafs had serious interest in a trade for Vancouver Canucks backup Roberto Luongo (h/t Yahoo! Sports), but Kiprusoff and his $5.83 million annual cap hit through the end of next season would be the smarter move for the franchise.
Do not forget that Luongo is signed through 2022; That is a contract no one wants to deal with.
Jaromir Jagr, RW, Dallas Stars
Now that the Dallas Stars have slowly started to fall out of contention in the Western Conference (12th overall), the possibility of continuing to deal impending free agents like Jaromir Jagr continues to grow as the deadline approaches.
Despite reports that the Stars are uncertain if they will trade Jagr yet, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that the Flyers have at least talked to Dallas about a deal:
Sam Carchidi @BroadStBull
CONFIRMED: #Flyers are having exploratory talks for Jagr, Clowe and Bouwmeester.2013-4-1 15:22:24
As much as Philadelphia itself should be sellers at the deadline (12th overall in the Eastern Conference), GM Paul Holmgren is always aggressive and will be looking to make the postseason this year.
Jagr is familiar with the team and the city, and with his 26 points (14 goals and 12 assists), a move back to the Flyers may be the offensive spark the franchise needs to sneak into the playoffs as an eighth seed.
Jamie McBain, D, Carolina Hurricanes
The Carolina Hurricanes are just three points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but if the organization is not sold the team can make a deep run, they will start to trade impending UFA and expensive contracts.
According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com, the Hurricanes also could be willing to move 25-year-old defender Jamie McBain:
One new name popped up Monday as potential trade bait: defenseman Jamie McBain. I'm told the Carolina Hurricanes would be willing to move him if the offer was right. McBain is not a rental; he has one more year on his deal at $1.9 million in salary and $1.8 million on the cap. He's an intriguing name, to be sure, a guy who can provide some offense from the back end.
McBain is one of the more intriguing names on the trade market because of his age and his potential to be a standout two-way defender in the NHL.
There is no doubt that trading for McBain would be a pricey venture, but the long-term impact the move could make would help change the culture of a struggling team or help push a Stanley Cup contender towards being favorites to win it all.