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Jarome Iginla on future with Flames: “I have no idea”

Apr 7, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

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The Calgary Flames find themselves outside the playoffs for a third consecutive season (and you could argue that they’ve been out of legitimate contention for quite a bit longer). Any reasonable person connected to the team would have some soul searching to do, so perhaps it makes sense that the face of the franchise has a furrowed brow.

Even so, Jarome Iginla‘s mixed feelings following the Flames’ finale remain pretty stunning. Vicki Hall captures his thoughts on the future:

“I have no idea; I don’t know what next year holds,” Iginla said. “Do I want to be on a team where we’re going to fully rebuild. I don’t know that I do.”

In a way, those quotes almost read like what his exact inner monologue might sound like.

To some, it seems like things keep dragging on with Iginla and the Flames, but it’s easy to overlook how deep his roots really are. Ever since being traded from the Dallas Stars, he’s been a fixture in Calgary since the 1996-97 season.

Iginla’s production has been up-and-down the past few years. From 2006-09, he had 94, 98 and 89-point seasons. Iginla dipped in 2009-10 with 69 points, rose last season with 86 and then went back down to 67 this year.

Considering the top-heavy nature of that team, that’s not enough to get the postseason. Iginla took the blame in that regard, yet most people would probably agree that he’s needed more help for some time.

In case you’re wondering, Iginla has one more season remaining on his current contract. The final year of a deal is often one of the most manageable for good deck-clearing trades, but that would involve a major, painful step.

So that brings us to the big questions: should the Flames trade Iginla? Should Iginla ask for a trade?

  1. obamablowz - Apr 7, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    so sad, great player career wasted in this shhhhhit town.

  2. DTF31 - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    I don’t see him asking for a trade but I also don’t see him objecting too much if they come to him with a good deal.

  3. pavelfitzgerald - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    He won’t ask for a trade but he should get one. He never really got much support on his line. Camalleri, Conroy, Joikinen, etc. were all mediocre. He hould get traded tho as this team should go into full rebuild mode if they want to avoid JFJ’s “let’s barely miss the playoffs & end up with a mediocre draft pick” mode

  4. islandersfan - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Treat him like Bourque with the Bruins, If it is his choice to leave ask for a list of teams that he would like to play with and take the best deal offered from that short list. No games, no bidding.

    If he stays say thank you and refuse all phone calls on the matter

  5. swizzler16 - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Watch as Iginla somehow ends up in Pittsburgh

    • danphipps01 - Apr 8, 2012 at 3:07 AM

      Oh God, on a line with Crosby and Neal for ridiculous game-breaking All-Star hijinks. I swear to God, every time I look at their roster I’m confounded by how it still fits under the salary cap.

  6. aces79 - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Fire the Coach Already thats a start

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