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Jaroma Iginla is the subject of NHL trade rumors

Jarome Iginla’s proud 18-year tenure with the Flames is likely coming to an end as the April 3 trade deadline nears. (John Cordes/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

A notated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• Jim Matheson offers a look at the top-20 UFA eligible players likely to be dealt before the April 3 trade deadline.

• Is Jarome Iginla getting used to the idea of a move as the embarrassing losses mount for the Flames?

• The Minnesota Wild are on a 9-2-1 tear after knocking off Vancouver on Sunday night. The win moved them into a tie with the free-falling Canucks.

• Alain Vigneault has earned the right to battle through this crisis, but it won’t be long before the security of his job becomes a legitimate question.

• Crazy moment in New York, where Alex Ovechkin drew two penalties on the same play. It’s a great call that should be seen more often, considering how frustrated players commonly take additional liberties after seeing the ref’s hand go up. Interesting thing this time: The Rangers scored on the delayed call, taking one penalty off the board, but stayed on the power play. The Blueshirts went on to win, 4-1.

• Will salary cap concerns force the Hawks to use an amnesty buyout to ditch the contract of Marian Hossa?

• The Chicago Blackhawks looked like a tired team early Sunday night, falling behind 4-0 in the first before mounting a thrilling, but failed, comeback bid in the 6-5 loss to Edmonton.

• No one in Edmonton is fooled by the win. The Oilers still have the wrong mix of players. “All their skill players look the same,” was the astute announcement of one pro scout.

• Making the adjustment to the NHL was un morceau de gateau for Montreal rookie Brendan Gallagher compared to his struggles to learn French.

• High-scoring prospect Tyler Toffoli could make his NHL debut tonight for the Kings. Meanwhile, the Flames will be without their top prospect after returning struggling Sven Baertschi to the minors over the weekend. You have to think the team’s problems are stunting this kid’s development. He’s the real deal, but he’s looked lost out there.

• The Calgary Flames woke up this morning in the Western Conference cellar. Another loss in Los Angeles tonight and they might have to learn to get comfortable in their new digs.

• Dave Feschuk buys a stove, preheats the oven and roasts Brian Burke after Toronto’s former GM raised hackles with his “You do all the work, you set the table, somebody else eats the meal…” comment.

• The Flyers used quick feet and physical play to snap a skid that saw them lose three times in five days. Nice that they beat Buffalo, but if they can’t find that formula with some consistency against winning teams, their season could be over in a couple of weeks.

• Carolina Hurricanes could get Tuomo Ruutu back in the lineup sooner than expected. The snarly winger, who has been sidelined by hip surgery, could make his debut this weekend.

• The Lightning are playing themselves out of the postseason mix, but GM Steve Yzerman doesn’t see trade help on the horizon.

• The Blues this morning became the second team this season to decide against signing Jason Arnott after taking him for a test drive. His name will continue to pop up in rumors, but he appears too slow to be of any use at this point.

• “The one in the back hurt a little,” said New Jersey’s Anton Volchenkov after the Devils beat the Jets. The defender’s willingness to sacrifice his body led to the win…and some x-rays.

• Legendary Boston University coach Jack Parker is expected to announce his retirement at a press conference this afternoon. He led the school to three national titles over his 40-year tenure.

• The only way to tell the story of Twitter star Paul Bissonnette is is 140 characters at a time.

  • Published On Mar 11, 2013
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