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by Paul on 03/24/13 at 09:12 PM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Boston, L.A., and Chicago would be the only suitors for Iginla. He had four teams on his list of places he’d go to waive his no-move clause and Pittsburgh, one of them, just traded for Brenden Morrow, so they’re out. I think it’ll be the Kings, where Darryl Sutter stands behind the bench, but that’s just an educated guess. The Kings are using Justin Williams as their No. 1 right-winger and have had rookie Tyler Toffoli on the right side with Jeff Carter and Mike Richards on a second line, with Dustin Penner subbing in there. Absolutely, the Kings would take Iginla–maye moving the UFA Penner–but they’re also looking for a defenceman.
Iginla, who turns 36 in July, is somewhere in between the Bourque-Ilya Kovalchuk-Marian Hossa trade situation, all of whom had contracts ending. Bourque was 39 and fetched Brian Rolston, Sami Pahlsson and a first-round pick (Martin Samuelsson, who never panned out). Pahlsson was quickly traded to Anaheim where he won the Stanley Cup in 2007. Kovalchuk, then 27, brought the Thrashers Johnny Oduya and others, with Oduya the only player with staying power as an NHL regular. Hossa, then 29, went to Pittsburgh for Colby Armstrong, Eric Christensen, Angelo Esposito and a first-round pick. Strangely, the player who went to the Penguins with Hossa, Pascal Dupuis, is playing on the Penguins’ No. 1 line with Sidney Crosby; while Hossa only stayed there for a few months.
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