The 2013 NHL season might be back for good now, but the off-season trade rumors and speculation still remain as the trade deadline date approaches.
Some of the hottest names in the league are still being touted as potential movers, whilst several teams are reportedly looking at making some key trades in 2013.
Read on to find all the latest NHL trade buzz for both teams and players alike.
Jarome Iginla Falling out of Favor
Heading into the 2013 NHL season, Calgary Flames star Jarome Iginla was touted as one of the biggest potential movers before the deadline, with the forward expected to command a very promising trade for both teams—should a deal have been made.
Yet according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, such a deal for Iginla is looking less and less likely of happening, with the Flames' star's stock falling rapidly.
When the puck was dropped on this shortened season, many believed the Calgary Flames winger would be one of the most valuable commodities for GM Jay Feaster at the April 3 NHL trade deadline because of his status as an unrestricted free agent.
But as the schedule quickly moves towards the halfway point, and the 35-year-old Iginla, who hasn't had any serious contract talks with the Flames, went into Saturday's game versus the Minnesota Wild at home with a 1-9-10 scoring line in 15 games.
"I'm just not sure what kind of impact he would make and you're going to have to give up a lot if you are going to get him," said one league executive. "You're talking about prospects and draft picks. Is it worth it?"
The biggest questions remaining for Calgary seem to be whether they'd be willing to pay Iginla the $7 million it would take for him to stay and, if not, who would they make a deal with and what would they command in return for the 35-year-old?
A blockbuster trade might not be in store for the Flames anymore; will that mean that no trade ends up happening for the forward after all?
Washington Capitals Looking to Make a Move
Garrioch also reports that the Washington Capitals could be looking to make some big moves before the close of business. He reports that general manager George McPhee is busily working the phones trying to make a deal with essentially anyone who will listen to him.
Three names to watch are wingers Troy Brouwer ($2.35 million cap hit through 2015-16), Joel Ward ($3 million, 2014-15) and Jason Chimera ($1.75 million, 2013-14). All are available because the Caps want to clear cash. McPhee would like to free up money and then reap the rewards of futility with a high draft pick.
If quick cash is wanted, both Ward and Brouwer are seemingly appealing as good trade options; the biggest question then becomes where they will go.
No teams have been rumored as interested in either player.
Mike Smith Set to Leave Phoenix
Craig Morgan at Fox Sports Arizona reports that goalkeeper Mike Smith is unlikely to be offered a new contract with the Coyotes, and will leave in free agency.
Contract between Smith and Phoenix are still set to be poles apart, and with general manager Don Maloney content to let the goalkeeper leave, there doesn't appear to be any urgency hurrying along a new deal before his contract expires.
The Coyotes won’t be signing free-agent-to-be Mike Smith to a long-term deal any time soon. There is nothing new to report on contract talks with Smith because there is nothing new to report on the ownership front.
As we noted at the start of the season, the two are tied because of and term that would be involved in such a deal. While it’s understandable that fans would like to see it get done, it’s also naïve to expect it without some sort of resolution on the ownership front.
“Our thought is to let the season play out,” Maloney said. “Until our ownership is resolved, we’re going to table Mike’s contract and hope things work out later.”
Could a deal be made for Smith before his contract expires? And if not, will Phoenix look to trade the goalkeeper rather than simply letting him leave?
Any NHL trade rumors buzz that you're tracking?
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