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Rumblings: Options for Iginla and Stastny

Quick evening update before the big day tomorrow:

Where will Iggy land?

Unless Jarome Iginla takes a pay cut, not sure how the cap-challenged Boston Bruins can re-sign the veteran UFA winger, although never say never.

If Iginla does hit the free-agent market, which opens at noon ET Tuesday, among the teams that we’ve heard have interest are Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Colorado and Detroit.

On the Paul Stastny front, as we reported earlier in the day, the long list of suitors was cut down Monday and the Winnipeg Jets were among those that didn’t make the final short list.

To me Stastny is looking at three scenarios:

      1. Re-sign with Colorado, where he really wants to stay, but take less money than he’ll get anywhere else.
      2. Sign in St. Louis, where he grew up, and with a Blues team that will definitely make him an offer. But, word is the Blues won’t offer a long-term deal; it will likely be something more in the three- or four-year range. I think the Blues will offer top dollar, just not long term.
      3. Take the biggest money offer there is from another team.

Elsewhere:

  • Veteran agent Steve Bartlett said he expected to speak with the Montreal Canadiens at some point Monday night regarding captain Brian Gionta, set to become UFA Tuesday.

  • To me, Dan Boyle likely goes to one of four places Tuesday: Detroit, Toronto, Tampa Bay or the New York Rangers.

  • If either the Dallas Stars or the St. Louis Blues get serious in trade talks with Ottawa on Jason Spezza over the next week, it wouldn’t surprise me if both clubs would want Spezza to sign a one-year extension before trading away assets to get him.

  • With the Jets out on Stastny, they continue their search for a center. Mikhail Grabovski and David Legwand are among the names they were looking at Monday.

  • The Ottawa Senators are looking at UFA winger Benoit Pouliot, among others.

  • Word is Anton Stralman has a long-term offer worth between $4.5 million and $5 million coming his way from another team, which is why it’s going to be hard for the Rangers to retain him, although I’m sure the Blueshirts will take another crack at it.