Teams pursuing Letang, Neal
NHL RUMOR SUNDAY Contenders would love a scenario to emerge where Anaheim Ducks winger Corey Perry, the top 2013 free agent, goes on the trade block at somepoint next winter but another player GM’s will have their eyes on all season is going to be Calgary’s Jarome Iginla. Iginla, 35, is entering the final year of his contract and while Iginla wants to win in Calgary, he’s not expected to sign an extension before the season starts. The Flames haven’t made the playoffs since 2008-2009 and it’s believed Iginla will take a wait and see approach. One NHL insider, USA Today’s Kevin Allen, is among those predicting Iginla will be moved during the season, writing “the Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs should be among the eager bidders.” The Penguins will surely be a team that looks into Iginla if he ever becomes available andRead More »
TEAMS STILL CALLING ABOUT MARTIN Penguins GM Ray Shero received a number of calls on defenseman Paul Martin around the draft, with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild among the teams expressing the most interest. While the Lightning and Wild are believed to no longer have interest, the Penguins keep getting inquires on the inconsistent defenseman who the Penguins and others seem to feel will rebound in 2012-2013.
Despite signing Sidney Crosby to a 12 year extension and getting a good return for Jordan Staal based on the circumstances, there seems to be a sense of frustration from Penguins fan base, who have seen the Penguins lose the likes of Jordan Staal, Zbynek Michalek and Steve Sullivan from their NHL roster without adding upgrades over any of the three players to this point. The New York Rangers not giving up a significant return for Rick Nash only seems to have fueled that frustration. The Rangers acquired Nash in exchange for Brandon Dubsinky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a 2013 first round pick. While the Penguins never went hard after Nash, I posed the question to a few league contacts this morning on what type of similar offer the Penguins could have made and here is one Eastern Conference scouts view on a similar offer the Penguins could haveRead More »