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Ray Bourque couldn’t blame Jarome Iginla if he wanted out for a Cup run

Nov 9, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

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Jarome Iginla will forever be known as the face of the Calgary Flames. He’s the team captain and unquestioned leader of the team and whether the team has done well or not, he’ll be the heart and soul of the Flames.

However, with how things are set up in Calgary and how the team is always on the edge of being blown up to start over, could Iginla’s days of trying to win a Stanley Cup for Calgary be over with before he has a shot to get it done? It’s a distinct possibility and because of it, Iginla could be put in the same position that Ray Bourque was put in back in 2000.

Bourque told Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun about what it was like to be put in that spot and how tough it was for him and how tough it’ll be on Iginla to potentially do the same. It’s a decision he ended up having no regrets over.

“The reason I left was because it wasn’t a healthy situation at all. It was time. In some ways, I don’t think it was a fair situation to be in after all those years. I was 38 years old, and I was affected mentally by the situation, and I needed to get into a better situation if I was going to continue playing. I wanted to get back into the playoffs and compete for a Cup, but that wasn’t going to happen in Boston and hadn’t happened for quite awhile.”

Sound familiar? It could be the exact kind of situation Iginla has to face up to in Calgary. It’s similar to what could happen with Daniel Alfredsson in Ottawa as well. Iginla is just 34 years-old, but with the likelihood that the team and GM Jay Feaster will have to blow it all up lingering, other teams might be wise to bug Calgary about what it would take to get Iginla out of Calgary for a shot at a Cup.

  1. bluesrawesome - Nov 9, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    I think you trade Alfredsson and Iginla out of respect. So they can get cups their both really good players and deserve it. They both have done so much for their teams its time the team gives back to them. They’re both really really good players and have leadership qualities which is y their both captains. That means that both Calagry and Ottawa could get a lot in return. The only problem they have is they both have big contracts. Most playoff bound teams are near the cap limit. But hopefully it works out for these guys they both deserve cups.

    • danphipps01 - Nov 9, 2011 at 2:55 PM

      The Stars seem like they’re headed right for the playoffs right now, and they’re at the cap floor. Who knows, they look like they could use a solid right wing or two.

  2. fummer34 - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    If both truly love their teams then they would ask to be traded knowing what they get in return could help win a cup more than what they have left in the tank.

  3. whatswellydoing - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    The guy’s only 34. He’s still got years left, so I doubt he wants out now.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 9, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Both him and Alfredsson will be shipped to a contender when they know they’re playing their final few seasons, but until then they’re going to stay put. I don’t think Iginla is at that point yet. Alfredsson is definitely close

  5. thechamp19 - Nov 9, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    “could Iginla’s days of trying to win a Stanley Cup for Calgary be over with before he has a shot to get it done?”

    I seem to recall the 2005 playoffs…..does game 7 ring a bell? Iginla has had a legitimate chance to win the Stanley Cup but they crapped the bed!

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