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Report: Flames brain trust will debate trading Iginla

Apr 8, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

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According to the Calgary Sun’s Eric Francis, Flames ownership and management will discuss the possibility of moving captain Jarome Iginla as the club considers its options after missing the playoffs for the third straight season.

For the first time since Iginla was nothing more than a good, young prospect in the organization, the captain’s future with the franchise will, in fact, be heavily debated when the owners gather with Ken King to hear how GM Jay Feaster plans to map out the team’s future.

When Feaster says the organization needs to be intellectually honest about where it is and where it is heading, he is referring to the fact that nothing and no one is sacred anymore.

For the first time in ages, that includes Iginla.

Yesterday, Iginla said he had “no idea” what the future holds for him in Calgary, adding, “Do I want to be on a team where we’re going to fully rebuild? I don’t know that I do.”

Iginla, 34, has one year left on a contract that features a $7 million cap hit. He does have a no-movement clause, but based on his comments, he’s not dead set against a trade depending on the scenario.

There’s still lots of hockey left in Iginla. His 32 goals were the 19th most in the NHL, not to mention all the other things he brings to a team like leadership, toughness and experience.

What’s unknown is the price he’d command in a trade, and also who might be interested. Iginla’s done a lot in his career; however, he’s never won a Stanley Cup, so if the Flames decide to tear it down and start over, presumably he’d want to go to a contender.

Boston? St. Louis? Los Angeles? Detroit? Washington? You could make a case for each, and more.

If he’s indeed available, there won’t be any shortage of interested parties.

  1. crusty14 - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Iginla would look great in a Boston uniform!

    • miketoasty - Apr 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      Nah, him and his Olympic line mate, Crosby, with Dupuis on the other wing would make for one hell of a second line behind Malkin, Kunitz, Neal. Would have to clear up a lot of cap space to make it happen though, but still makes my mind drool thinking of how other teams could “try” and match up with those two lines plus Staal.

  2. tarotsujimoto74 - Apr 8, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Sabres should bring him in, even if he only has a few years left. He could do wonders in that locker room. Just need to offload some of these useless wingers…

    • tarotsujimoto74 - Apr 8, 2012 at 10:04 PM

      I highly doubt he’d be willing to come here though…

  3. kitshky - Apr 8, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    If they respect him as much as they claim to they’ll ship him off to someone (obviously out of the Division/Conference) with a chance at winning, its the least they can do.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      They will, this is the same as the Ray Bourque situation. Iginla means too much to this city and to the organiztion for them to trade him to another also ran team. Now with that out of the way two things need to be said:

      1. Quoting Eric Francis is ridiculous, he’s got very little (if any) inside info on anything going on with the Flames or NHL for that matter, sadly he’s better at journalism than his awful morning radio show!

      2. FIRE KEN KING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. murtdurt - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Ship him to the ‘burgh for Tyler kennedy, Paul Martin, a prospect and a first. Out of the conference and to a legit contender. Also has great experience playing with Sid and the flames are a dumb enough organization to actually do a ridiculous trade like that. If you don’t believe me go see what they got for phaneuf LOL

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      Not to defend Darryl Sutter, cause he did a horrible job here, but you obviously haven’t been following the career arc of Phaneuf, he’s nowhere near the player he was in his second year in the NHL and if the Leafs were to trade him now I would guess they wouldn’t get the return you think they might. Tough to market a defenseman who can’t skate very well.

      • murtdurt - Apr 9, 2012 at 9:37 PM

        Believe me I’ve watched Phaneuf..I live in Canada. I have to watch the leafs every saturday night like the rest of this country. Although his game has declined he is far better then stajan who’s the only player thats still on the team from that trade, who by the way might be the second most overpaid player in the league behind Gomez. Regardless they had a deal on the table for Heatley in the summer (who would be better then the majority of players already on the team which is really saying something about Heatley) and turned it down only to trade Phaneuf later for literally no one! What a well run business

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:32 PM

        I had never heard about the Heatly rumours, I agree Stajan is terrible and the fact that Sutter extended him with a NTC was mind blowing! My original point was just that Phaneuf isn’t worth nearly what many Leafs fans believe he is, he’s at best a number 3 on a good defence IMO.

  5. dolphincult - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    The market might not be what they think for an aging center with declining performance and a big price tag. I love em as a gold medal winner but he’s not a #1 center anymore and that is calgary’s issue cuz they refuse to believe he is not.

    • soupy19 - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      The only reason Calgary refuses to believe he’s not a #1 center is because he’s not a center. He’s played right wing his entire career.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:04 PM

        You beat me to it soupy! But I guess the guy is right…he’s not a number 1 center! With that being said he is very good at winning faceoffs, at least compared to the rest of the Flames, which frankly isn’t saying much.

  6. joeyjojoshabadoo - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    ooo I love speculatin’. He’d be a good fit in LA, able to play their physical puck possession style, and may finally be the catalyst they need to get the offense going. Washington is another good one, especially if they part ways with Semin, he could conceivably replace that offense while providing more physicality and intangibles. Also I could see a prospect like Holtby being attractive to Calgary, as a rebuild would necessitate finding a successor for Kiprusoff. St. Louis? Well he’d make them better, assuming they don’t give up too much to get him, but I don’t know if he wants to be the ‘go-to’ guy on offense at this stage of his career. He’d fit fine in Boston or Detroit, but I don’t know if they need him enough to put together competitive packages (although that might not matter, if Iginla decides those are more attractive options).

    Also, as a fan of a rival team that’s seen him a lot over the years: he’s not the player he was, and I’m sure a further drop off is coming in the next couple of years, but he definitely still has enough hockey in him to be valuable in the short term.

    • soupy19 - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:11 AM

      Calgary doesn’t need goaltending prospects. They have Irving and Ramo that could (and I stress “could”) be Kipper’s successor. But you’re right, he’s definitely not the player he was. But he’s managed to score over 30 goals again without anything that closely resembles a number 1 centre under a Brent Sutter defense-first system. As a Flames fan who watched almost every Flames game this year, he would still flourish on a team with other talent around him. He’s just not capable of carrying a team anymore.

      • joeyjojoshabadoo - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:37 AM

        Fair point, I’m not really versed enough in the state of Calgary’s farm system to make an educated call as to their goaltending needs. I more or less agree with you on how much better he’d be on another team though. He’s gone from ‘superstar’ to ‘very effective offensive player’, could still put up great numbers in the right situation.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      I’m not sure LA would be a good fit, just simply for the fact that the team really disliked Darryl Sutter just before he “stepped down” so I’m not sure Iggy would be quick to jump back onto a team with him at the helm.

      I would agree that he’s not a true Superstar anymore (outisde of Calgary) but I would compare him to Steve Yzerman in the late 90’s or Brendan Shanahan around the same time, not what they were but still very good players.

  7. cup0pizza - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Iginla brings quality intangibles, but that cap hit is a killer. The commenter that suggested the Sabres definitely has the right idea, though.

  8. jdubs21 - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    Calgary has a brain trust?

  9. hockeyflow33 - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    he certainly needs a spoked B on his chest

    • bensawesomeness - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      I prefer the idea of the Whinged Wheel

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