NHL Rumors: Jagr, Flames, Blues, And A Busier Trade Market This Year

NHL Rumors: Jagr, Flames, Blues, And A Busier Trade Market This Year

Jaromir Jagr and the Calgary Flames are talking contract

On Jaromir Jagr, Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues …

Pierre LeBrun: Heard that Jaromir Jagr and the Calgary Flames were talking last night. It’s not certain that a deal gets done, but it is a possibility.

John Shannon: Jagr and Flames contract talks are getting serious. Should know by . The Flames spoke with Michael Frolik (Czech) about Jagr.

John Shannon: IF Jagr signs with the Flames it will be for third line minutes. They think that his size would help them.

John Shannon: The Flames being interested in Jagr is likely an indication that they feel their young prospects aren’t ready yet.

Jeremy Rutherford: (6:53 pm yesterday) Believe that the St. Louis Blues are still interested in Jagr. Jagr would have to be okay with taking less than $2 million, which he might not be.

Jeremy Rutherford: Jagr would also have to be okay with playing third line minutes and on the second power play.

Calgary Flames Season Outlook

On the NHL trade market …

Chris Nichols of FanRag Sports: Pierre LeBrun was on TSN 690 late last week and noted that it could be a busier year for trades. LeBrun was talking with one GM who said that the expansion process suffocated the trade market last year.

“And there’s some teams out there I would say to watch out for between now and March. Montreal is one of them because of the cap room.

“San Jose, very quietly, they lose Patrick Marleau and didn’t replace him. But I think they can do that at some point here, and Doug Wilson isn’t afraid to make trades.

“Doug Armstrong, another gunslinger in St. Louis and now he’s got major injuries. At some point in time after looking at what he has internally, I think he won’t be afraid to swing also.

Rob Blake in L.A., I think he’s waiting to make his mark as a young rookie GM. Does he use a piece from his defense to improve up front.”