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Iginla’s already being asked about his upcoming UFA status

Jan 8, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT

Jarome Iginla AP

The NHL board of governors hasn’t even voted on the new CBA yet, but the fact that there will be a season is enough to once again spark the question: What does the future hold for Jarome Iginla?

He’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and he’ll turn 36 on July 1.

Anything can happen, especially in a shortened campaign, but the Calgary Flames aren’t regarded as a current or emerging Stanley Cup contender. Given that, Iginla might end up getting traded or simply chose to leave when his contract’s up.

“I didn’t expect that question so early. Yeah, it’s right back at it,” Iginla said in a Calgary Sun report.

“I’m really just excited to get playing again and have that opportunity to play in the NHL and compete here in Calgary.

“It would be my preference to stay here, for sure, and play on a good team, which I believe we will be, and to win here.”

The good news for the Flames is that if they do struggle out of the gate and decide that it’s finally time to trade Iginla, they will have a new tool at their disposal.

The CBA will give teams the ability to retain part of its player’s salary and/or cap hit when he’s traded. That would make Iginla’s prorated $7 million cap hit much easier for a contender to absorb and could allow Calgary to milk better prospects or picks out of any potential deal.

In the short-term though, Iginla has other things on his mind.

“I know it’s going to take some time to win some fans back, but for us in Calgary, the best thing we can do as a team is come out, be exciting and play hard and win,” Iginla said.

“Hopefully they come out and enjoy that, but I definitely understand how ticked off fans have been and they have that right to be. It’s totally understandable.”

  1. kingfooj - Jan 8, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    unfortunate but its looking like hes going to have to be bourque 2.0 if he wants a cup

  2. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 8, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Iggy to the Bruins, Pens, Flyers or Rangers could make the difference between going to the Finals or not. And least that’s how I’m selling it if I’m the Flames GM’s

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 8, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Though I think the Flyers need more help on the blue line, Iggy would be a fan favorite here (along with the other teams you mentioned).

    • jtrain1966 - Jan 9, 2013 at 5:59 AM

      I could see the Pens . That would probably suck for all the teams in their division . With a first line of : LW ( whoever you want to put there ), C : Crosby, RW : Iginla, then for the 2nd line : LW : Neal, C : Malkin, RW ( whoever you want to put there ) that would make for 2 pretty potent scoring lines if you ask me . I know i would love to have him on the Blues but, i’m afraid of what prospects they might ask for .

  3. hockeyflow33 - Jan 8, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    We’ll take him here in Boston. I always felt like he belonged here

    • danphipps01 - Jan 8, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      Too bad his actually having a sense of class and sportsmanship would get in the way.

      • loinstache - Jan 8, 2013 at 7:03 PM

        Iggy is a tank but not a brute.

  4. danphipps01 - Jan 8, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    If I were the Capitals, I’d be taking a look at him. They’re out Alex Semin, who scores 20-25 in a bad year, and neither Green nor Ovi have been performing to their offensive peaks in a while. Ribiero will help a bit, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to have another top-six scorer right now, and Iggy’s one of the best locker room presences in the game today. He’s exactly the kind of mature, hardworking, motivational leader the Capitals have wanted these past few years.

    • jtrain1966 - Jan 9, 2013 at 6:03 AM

      I think any team would like a guy like him in their locker room ! A team that wouldn’t want him there would be STUPID .

  5. loinstache - Jan 8, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    F me the quoting/editing on this blog platform is terrible

  6. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 8, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Unless Iginla goes to the Flames and asks to be traded he will NOT be traded, they won’t approach him with a random deal, he will be allowed to play out his contract. He means too much to this city and team that he’ll be given that respect. Now with that being said because he does mean so much to this city and team if he does ask for the chance to possibly win a cup I think the Flames will try to facilitate that as best they can ala Ray Bourque, but the first game after he retires he’ll be brought back to the Dome and his 12 will be raised to the rafters never to be worn again.

  7. luz56 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    After his comments “I don’t trust the owners” I am sure the owners who pay JI 7.5 M who is way past his prime are looking forward to moving his arse out of town!

    • jtrain1966 - Jan 9, 2013 at 6:05 AM

      Yeah right ! They would be stupid to move him out of spite !

      • tk1966 - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        I don’t think you can move someone out of spite. Afterall, you can’t return a jcaket out of spite…

  8. tcclark - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    He’d look real good next to Claude Giroux…

  9. valoisvipers - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Iggy really should get the heck out of that poorly managed team in Calgary.He has suffered long enough and deserves to play with better players other than every forth year when he gets to play on Team Canada.
    The smart money will be on Edmonton when the Battle of Alberta rages.

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