Archive for March, 2013

Breakdown of possible Bruins trade targets: Jaromir Jagr, Ryane Clowe, Mark Streit, etc.

Friday, March 29th, 2013

With Jarome Iginla off the market, the Bruins still are hoping to bring in an impact player before the April 3 trade deadline, likely a defenseman to bolster their depth there or a top-nine forward. Here’s a look at who they may be considering.

Martin St. Louis, F, Lightning

Despite having the third- and fourth-highest scorers in the league, Tampa Bay is outside the playoff picture looking in right now, and consequently, rumors have swirled about a possible St. Louis trade. St. Louis, 37, has eight goals and 34 assists this year in 33 games, and his 42 points are good for fourth in the league behind Steven Stamkos.

Tampa GM Steve Yzerman told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun Friday that St. Louis will not be traded. With Iginla off the market, though, many see St. Louis as second prize, another forward who’s past his prime but can clearly still make a significant impact. He is signed through next season with a $5.625 million cap hit and a no-trade clause.

Here’s a look at St. Louis scoring a hat trick in his 900th career game, against the Devils on Feb. 4, 2012.

Jaromir Jagr, F, Stars

Plenty of teams would love to bring in Jagr at the deadline for a playoff run, but the Stars reportedly would like to re-sign him. Jagr’s 25 points (14 goals and 11 assists) are a team high, and he’s making $4.55 million on his current one-year deal.

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Steve Yzerman says Lightning will not trade Martin St. Louis

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun Friday that the team will not trade right wing Martin St. Louis. Following the trade of Jarome Iginla to the Penguins, it had been speculated that the Bruins could target St. Louis in a trade, but that should be put to rest now.

“Marty St. Louis is not going to be traded,” Yzerman told LeBrun. “He remains one of the best players in the league and an extremely important player to our team, both on and off the ice. We are a team in transition, we just made a coaching change, Marty is one of the leaders of the team, he is not going anywhere.”

St. Louis, 37, is signed through 2014-15 with an annual $5.625 million cap hit and has a no-trade clause. In 33 games this season, he has eight goals and 34 assists for 42 points and a minus-3 rating.

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Pierre McGuire on M&M: ‘I don’t think Calgary paid attention to doing their due diligence’

Friday, March 29th, 2013

NBC’s Pierre McGuire joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to talk about what went wrong with the Jarome Iginla trade and what the Bruins can do now that Iginla is off the market.

McGuire said Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli did nothing wrong to jeopardize the Iginla deal. Rather, Flames GM Jay Feaster mishandled the trade — not the first time Calgary’s management has made a visible mistake this year.

“I don’t think Calgary paid attention to doing their due diligence. I really don’t,” McGuire said. “Jay Feaster, I’m sure, told Peter Chiarelli, ‘You guys have won the sweepstakes. You have Jarome Iginla. I’m sure he told them that, because I was in Boston to do that game, and there’s no way there was that much information that was so fluid around the Bruins dressing room when I got to the rink at 4:30, that you didn’t know that this deal was going down. So ‘€¦ then Jay Feaster didn’t prioritize. He should have called [Iginla's agent] Donny Meehan before he called Peter Chiarelli.

“Instead, he told Boston they had the player, and Donny Meehan gets the call from Feaster saying he’s been traded, and Donny Meehan says, ‘No, no, that’s not how this works.’ ‘€¦ I think the biggest reason there was no trade call made was when Jay Feaster called Donny Meehan and said, ‘By the way, we’ve moved Jarome to Boston,’ Donny Meehan said, ‘No you haven’t, because Jarome wants to go to Pittsburgh.’ ”

Iginla’s press conference after the trade made clear that he was headed to Pittsburgh no matter what Chiarelli did, McGuire said.

“When you heard him talk, he said, ‘How can you blow away now playing with the two best players in the world?’ ” McGuire said. “With all due respect, he wasn’t talking about [DavidKrejci and he wasn’t talking about [PatriceBergeron. Both guys are great players. He was talking about Crosby and Malkin.”

With Iginla off the table, McGuire said he thinks the Bruins should focus on acquiring a defenseman, and mentioned 35-year-old Islanders blueliner Mark Streit as a possibility.

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Peter Chiarelli: Flames told Bruins they had a deal for Jarome Iginla

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held a press conference Thursday at TD Garden to inform the media of what took place Wednesday as the B’s thought they had acquired Flames captain Jarome Iginla, only to see him get dealt to the Penguins.

The Bruins and Flames agreed to a deal that would sent Alexander Khokhlachev, Matt Bartkowski and a non-conditional first-round pick to the Flames for Iginla. The 35-year-old had put the Bruins on a list of four teams for which he’d move his no-trade clause, but after the Flames told the Bruins that they had “won the sweepstakes” and scratched their captain Wednesday for the sake of the trade, Iginla informed Flames general manager Jay Feaster that he wanted to play for the Penguins. The Flames then completed a deal with Pittsburgh to accommodate the player.

Chiarelli said that he was “assured that the list was teams the he would go to and waive his no-trade” and that he never had an indication throughout the process that it was an ordered list of any kind.

“I guess you initially feel [hoodwinked], but I’ve been around for a while and i’ve seen things happen similar to this, and it happens,” he said. “We were on the list, and you assume that once you come to a deal, that you’re going to get the player. That’s what I was operating under.”

Chiarelli described the events of Wednesday as such:

“We were informed around noon yesterday that we had the player, we’d won the sweepstakes, so to speak. [Feaster] just had to talk to Jarome and his agent regarding logistics of everything. From that point on, there had been some discussions regarding Jarome taking some time, not to decide, but to let things soak in.

“Then we had our game and prior to that, we’d made moves, as did they. They scratched Jarome. We’d made moves, scratching Bart and Koko, who was playing in Providence. We brought up Torey [Krug], and we relied on the fact that we had a deal.

“Now, these things happen all the time — more than you know — about deals going south for whatever reason. We believed we had a deal and we operated on the premise of the deal. When things were silent — obviously, in my experience, when things go silent, usually something is going screwy from your end. It was.

“Later that night, around 12, I got a call from Jay saying that it was the player’s choice and he opted to go to Pittsburgh, so we were out. That’s it in a nutshell.”

Chiarelli said that he asked for the opportunity to speak to Iginla, but “didn’t get it.” Asked if he was surprised to see this happen to a team that’s been a destination of sorts for players in recent years, he guessed that the Penguins’ 13-game win streak may have made up Iginla’s mind.

“Here’€™s what I think: I think that Pitt, and God bless them because I like Ray Shero and the whole group there, Pitt has been on this amazing run, and we’€™ve been in and out a little bit lately,” Chiarelli said. “We’€™re a very good team, and I think as the wind blows in the last couple of days, I think that’€™s how it goes.”

Jarome Iginla on choosing Penguins over Bruins: ‘It wasn’t fully my choice’

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

New Penguins forward Jarome Iginla met with the Calgary media at a press conference Thursday, and he talked in generalities about choosing the Pens over the Bruins.

“I was fortunate that the three teams that were kind of making a pitch — or however you say it — proposals were interested. I was humbled. They’re pretty all great teams, and I feel fortunate to have had the choice,” said the former Flames star. “But also at the same time, it wasn’t fully my choice. I wanted it to be a mutual thing. But when the Flames said that they liked things, they were happy with that, I was thrilled and thankful for the opportunity.”

Iginla indicated the appeal of joining Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin was too good to pass up.

“The opportunity to play on a team with the two best players in the world … as a player, I wanted that opportunity,” Iginla said.

Andy Brickley on M&M: Bruins ‘definitely need another defenseman’

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

NESN’s Andy Brickley talked with Mut & Merloni on Thursday about the Jarome Iginla trade, Wednesday’s shootout loss to the Canadiens, and the tremendous play of Patrice Bergeron.

Brickley said of Iginla’s decision to go to Pittsburgh: “I don’t think it’s the timeline that’s the difference here. What it comes down to, and this is the bothersome part for me certainly, the Calgary Flames, their ownership and their management team and their responsibility to their fan base, they need to make the best deal possible for the future of that franchise. If you just stack up the two deals, the Pittsburgh offer and the Boston offer, there’s no comparison. The Boston offer is better. It leads you to believe that Jarome Iginla shortened his list, shortened it to one team when the deals were on the table.”

With this blockbuster falling apart, Brickley said that a trade may be necessary, but also some key players need to play better and get healthy for the stretch run.

“They’ve got to have [Johnny] Boychuk healthy,” Brickley said. “They’ve got to have [Adam] McQuaid healthy. They’ve got to have [Chris] Kelly healthy. They’ve got to have [Milan] Lucic and [Nathan] Horton playing a far more consistent game than you’re getting right now. … They need their power play to be a little sharper than it’s been. You hope that work in progress finds a good streak when you get into the postseason and then you have to add to that. They definitely need another defenseman, there’s no question about it.”

If the B’s do decide to go the route of acquiring a new player, they will have until Wednesday at 3 p.m. to complete a deal.

“I really like [Mark Streit],” Brickley said. “It all comes down to, ‘Do you think he’s a good fit? Can you afford him, and what’s the price to get him?’ It’s always that. That’s always the formula, those are always the variables. He would be definitely a guy that I think Bruins fans would appreciate. I think he’d fit in nicely here and I think he gives the Bruins far more options — versatility, flexibility on their back end.”

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John Buccigross on D&C: Bruins are ‘going to add a significant player’ before deadline

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

ESPN’s John Buccigross chatted with Dennis & Callahan on Thursday morning, focusing on the trade of Jarome Iginla to the Penguins.

By the end of the Bruins’ 6-5 shootout loss to the Canadiens, it still seemed almost certain that the B’s would acquire the six-time All-Star, in a move that would have immediately helped Boston’s Stanley Cup aspirations.

“This is an all-timer,” Buccigross said. “I can’t remember in NHL history when a player of this impact, future Hall-of-Famer, was all set to come to a team, especially an Original Six team like the Bruins, and the whole hockey world had it coming, and then it didn’t happen, and of all teams he goes to another up-and-coming kind of organization like the Penguins. It’s a stunner.”

A key part of the potential trade with the Bruins was the fact that Iginla had a no-trade clause, and that could have been the difference.

“I think Calgary got a little better deal with the Bruins than they got for two marginal prospects from the Penguins,” Buccigross said. “But in the end, the player had the no-trade clause and he controlled where he wanted to go.”

Even without Iginla, the Bruins still have a legitimate shot at making it to the Stanley Cup finals. The current fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, the B’s still could make a trade before Wednesday’s 3 p.m. deadline.

“Last night I almost tweeted, I’d rather see Jay Bouwmeester come to Boston than Jarome Iginla,” Buccigross said. “They need Jay Bouwmeester more than they need Jarome Iginla. A defenseman who’s experienced, who can really skate. He would become the Bruins’ best skating defenseman if he got traded to Boston. You look at Dennis Seidenberg, Zdeno Chara‘s not getting any faster. To me he looks a lot slower this year, personally. … A lot of big guys who don’t move so well around the Penguins and the Canadiens. So, I would prefer really good skating defenseman, and Jay Bouwmeester’s just that and he’s big.”

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