Source: B's target other forwards besides Iginla

Source: B's target other forwards besides Iginla
March 25, 2013, 3:45 pm
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With the Pittsburgh Penguins making big moves for veteran power forward warrior Brenden Morrow and hulking defenseman Douglas Murray on successive days, Pens general manager Ray Shero is clearly making a statement that the time is now for Sidney Crosby and Co.

That leaves the Bruins and general manager Peter Chiarelli as a team looking for an answer prior to the April 3 NHL trade deadline while hoping to bring in a forward and a defensemen into the Boston fold. The Bruins are in on the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes according to a source with knowledge of the talks, and they would be a perfect fit for a fiery Calgary Flames captain, who has played like a Bruin through his entire 18-year career.

Still, the Bruins are also currently engaged in trade talks with several teams “about other available top six forwards" aside from the heavily rumored Iginla, according to a hockey source.  

Calgary GM Jay Feaster is certainly under pressure to bring home a treasure trove in exchange for the 35-year-old Iginla, who has scored 30 goals each of the past 11 seasons. He has nine goals and 22 points in 30 games this season for a Calgary team that’s going under water. He showed he still has a flair for the dramatic by potting the third period game-winner Sunday night against the St. Louis Blues.

Because of all those factors and Iginla’s popularity in Calgary, its believed Feaster is seeking two prospects and a first-round pick for a player that’s set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. A source indicated to that the Flames are enamored with Bruins 2012 first-round pick Malcolm Subban as an heir apparent to the aging Miikka Kiprusoff in Calgary.

Given that the Bruins were discussing Alex Khokhlachev with the Dallas Stars in exchange for Morrow, a package of Subban, Khokhlachev and a first-round pick is likely in the neighborhood of what Feaster is seeking for Iginla. That’s too rich for Boston’s blood for a rental that will play roughly 10 regular season games plus a playoff run, even if Iginla is a veteran superstar hungering for a Cup that could be exactly what the Bruins are looking for.

Other teams engaging in trade talks with the Bruins have been told that both Subban and playmaking center Ryan Spooner aren’t available in trades.

So, a source with knowledge of trade discussions has indicated to that the Bruins are in on several other available top six forwards just in case the Iginla talks fall apart. Jaromir Jagr and Marty St. Louis are a pair of game-changing players that could fit the bill as offensive playmakers and power-play boosters that could immediately help the Black and Gold’s attack.

They also might be available in a package for lesser assets than what Calgary is seeking for Iginla.

Czech Republic center David Krejci grew up idolizing Jagr, and acquiring the future Hall of Famer could provide a big boost for their No. 1 center. Likewise St. Louis’ playmaking abilities have factored heavily into the development of Steve Stamkos as a goal scorer for Tampa Bay. It has to be tantalizing to think what kind of damage a St. Louis/Seguin combo could do in black and gold.

The 41-year-old Jagr is an unrestricted free agent after the season, and would share the lead on the Bruins with his 13 goals scored for the Dallas Star this season. The 37-year-old St. Louis has two years remaining on a contract with a cap hit of $5.65 million, but is still at the height of his offensive powers. He's fourth in the NHL this season with 40 points.