Quick evening update before the big day tomorrow:
Where will Iggy land?
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.
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.
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.
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.