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What should be expected of Jarome Iginla next season?

Sep 10, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

iginlascreams.jpgIt’s hard to root against Jarome Iginla.

He’s a great role model for hopeful black hockey players, a leader willing to drop the gloves with a wide array of opponents and just seems like a quality human being overall. Sure, Sean Avery might make fun of him for being bland, but what Iginla lacks in flash he makes up for it in sheer likability.

Still, there’s little doubt that Iginla’s game declined considerably as the right winger’s point total dropped from 89 in 08-09 to 69 points last season. Stats blog Behind the Net posits the question: what can the Calgary Flames expect from Iginla?

Iginla’s been an ironman for the last three seasons, but any player over age 30 has a huge injury risk. In this case, his 3-2-1 average projection is a vast overestimate of his likely performance. It’s really a tough call: the most likely outcome is that Iginla doesn’t get hurt and he puts up numbers similar to last season, but there’s a high likelihood that he falls apart.

Injuries or not, it’s going to be a challenging season for Jarome Iginla and the Calgary Flames. While it’s hard to imagine many Flames fans shedding a tear if the team gets rid of the Sutter brothers, Iosing Iginla would hurt quite a bit more. His salary cap hit is a substantial $7 million per year for three more seasons, so the Flames might be forced to trade their captain while he still has trade value if he doesn’t turn things around.

What kind of season should the Flames expect from their aging captain and leader? Chances are, they might expect too much.

  1. Alex - Sep 10, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Iginla is (as you said) a complete class act and ultimately I hope he gets what he wants most wether he stays in Calgary or moves on elsewhere. (PS Jarome you are welcome to join my Islanders team :) )
    As for what to expect next season I think his ppg downfall last year more reflected his complete lack of a supporting cast on the forward lines. As always hope springs eternal with a couple signings this year but I would be surprised at much change there. Injury wise .. it’ll happen at some point and that is simply too hard to predict but as long as he is working out properly and staying in shape he should be as ready as can be for a full season. (And I bet he does workout properly, he just seems too smart not to)

  2. Alex - Sep 10, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    PS Firing the Sutter brothers would be a benefit for the franchise

  3. frankyv89 - Sep 10, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    hayhayhay sir look at this thing http://sportscomplainer.com/nhl that my bud showed me yesterday at work. its like that drudge thing u like but sports. ill cu tom for the game.

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