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Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 11:00 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

What will the Flames do with Iginla?

As the April 3 NHL Trade Deadline approaches, one of the more interesting names to watch is Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla. Iginla is due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and while he's become the face of the franchise in his 18 years with the Flames, the Calgary Sun reported Saturday that there has been no talk of a new deal between the Flames and Iginla.

Iginla's agent, Don Meehan, told the Sun that Iginla is "not currently in negotiations" with the Flames. The newspaper also reported that Iginla has not instructed Meehan on whether to resume talks on a new contract with the team or to request a trade.

The decision facing the Flames is a tough one. Entering games Tuesday, the Flames are 15th in the Western Conference, but just six points out of eighth place.

Iginla is tied for the team lead with 12 assists and 19 points, and is third with seven goals, showing his offensive skills remain strong at age 35. If the Flames have any hopes of returning to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2008, Iginla will be a major part of getting him there.

He also is someone the Flames could use as a trade chip to reinvigorate their prospect pipeline. Any team with hopes for a Stanley Cup surely would do its best to put together a package of prospects and draft picks that intrigues the Flames.

The third option, allowing Iginla to go into the offseason without a new contract and potentially sign elsewhere with no return for the Flames, is highly undesirable.

So with three weeks until the trade deadline, eyes will continue to be focused on Iginla and how the Flames opt to handle his future.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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Posted On Monday, 03.11.2013 / 12:33 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

Report: Struggling Lightning not ready to be sellers

The mindset of the Tampa Bay Lightning at the NHL Trade Deadline is a topic now being addressed with more regularity.

Inconceivably, the Lightning sit near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings -- eight points adrift in both the Southeast Division and the Eastern Conference -- thanks, in large part, to a 4-13-1 streak that has all but erased memories of their rather torrid start to the season.

Yet, general manager Steve Yzerman still believes his club has the goods to develop into a Stanley Cup Playoffs-caliber team.


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Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 1:56 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

Sens in tricky position ahead of trade deadline

The Ottawa Senators enter Sunday sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 6-2-2 mark in their last 10 games, and they've continued winning despite losing their best forward (Jason Spezza, back), their best defenseman (Erik Karlsson, Achilles tendon) and starting goaltender (Craig Anderson, ankle) to injuries. The team also is missing forward Guillaume Latendresse (neck) and defenseman Mike Lundin (concussion).

As the 2013 Trade Deadline approaches, Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray finds himself in an interesting position: Does he look to replace the injured players? Or does he wait it out with the roster he has and hope Spezza and Anderson return -- Karlsson is out for the season -- prior to the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

"You make judgments accordingly," Murray told the Ottawa Sun. "I have to see if [Spezza] is going to come back in a time frame that will help us. I have to see if Latendresse and Lundin are going to be ready to play.

"If our numbers are getting close to our regular lineup [in the near future], then you probably have more ambition, if you're in the playoff hunt, to say, 'Let's make sure we make it and let's pay the price to do it.'"

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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 3:14 PM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

Getzlaf signing brings Perry's future into question

There was a strong argument to be made that before Friday, the top two potential talents in the unrestricted free agent Class of 2013 were members of the Anaheim Ducks.

Now it is just the top potential UFA in July who plies his trade for the Ducks after center Ryan Getzlaf agreed to an eight-year, $66 million contract Friday, and the future of his friend and linemate Corey Perry becomes one of the most interesting storylines in the NHL.

To be clear, the Ducks are one of the great stories of the 2012-13 season, as coach Bruce Boudreau has Anaheim in first place in the Pacific Division and second only to the juggernaut Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL standings. The chances of anything happening with any pending UFA on the Ducks, let alone a franchise-type player like Perry, are extremely remote because Anaheim clearly is a Stanley Cup contender until proven otherwise.

Still, there will be plenty of attention focused on Perry, and any discussions about a contract extension for the 2011 Hart Trophy winner and speculation about a new destination for him won't completely subside until he signs a new deal or does find a new home.

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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 1:45 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

Report: White, Red Wings talk; no trade request yet

Ian White has met with both general manager Ken Holland and coach Mike Babcock to discuss his future, according to the Detroit News.

White, 28, has been a healthy scratch for the past five games, including a 3-0 win against Edmonton on Thursday night.

According to the Detroit News, White didn't ask for a trade when talking to Holland but does wonder about his future with the Red Wings.

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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 9:58 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

Bruins hoping to add Swedish star Soderberg

The Boston Bruins are close to making themselves a better team -- and it may not be through the trade market, although GM Peter Chiarelli has not ruled that out either.

Thursday night, Chiarelli confirmed to the Boston Herald a report by TSN that the team is close to bringing Swedish star Carl Soderberg to the club.

The Bruins have owned Soderberg's rights since 2007 when his rights were acquired in a trade with St. Louis that landed the Blues goaltender Hannu Toivonen.


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Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 4:47 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

NHL.com Trade Deadline blog features latest, best info

The NHL trade deadline is less than a month away and things are starting to heat up. Now is a great time to keep up with the latest trade news on Twitter -- if you're not doing so already -- and join in on the conversation using the hashtag #NHLTrade.

NHL.com's Trade Deadline Blog will be the top spot to find all the latest information leading up to deadline day on April 3.

In addition, "Cisco NHL Live" will have NHL Network Insider Darren Dreger on Wednesday to talk about the latest rumors.

Among the stories up for discussion could be the future of Vancouver Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard, who has been a frequent healthy scratch.

Also worth watching is the future of some key players who are headed to unrestricted free agency, among them Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames, Lubomir Visnovsky and Mark Streit of the New York Islanders, Mike Ribeiro of the Washington Capitals and Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild.

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