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Trade time? Iginla and Flames not talking extension

Mar 10, 2013, 12:15 PM EDT

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Jarome Iginla figures to have a lot of talk swirling about him as we head towards the April 3 trade deadline. He’s on the final year of his contract and with the Flames struggling to be a true playoff contender and in need of a rebuild, he figures to earn plenty of interest from Cup-contending teams.

Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun adds to that speculation reporting that Iginla and the Flames haven’t yet talked about a contract extension. Iginla’s agent, Don Meehan, shared that information with the Sun and after spending the past 16 seasons with Calgary you’d think they would want to work on something like that.

If Iginla decides to not stay in Calgary, GM Jay Feaster could get a great return for someone of his caliber and there will be plenty of teams eager to go for him. Think of what a team like Pittsburgh or Boston would be like with a power wing like Iginla on board for a Cup run.

This situation bears watching and with just three weeks until the deadline, you have to think Calgary will be active in figuring out whether or not they want to stop “going for it.”

  1. dolanster - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Would look good in a spoked-B. With Thomas traded and Savard IR’d they’ve got the cap space for a blue-chip rental. I’d go for it if the price wasn’t too high.

    • polegojim - Mar 10, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      Red Wings – he can finish his career in Detroit with at least one Cup.

      • valoisvipers - Mar 10, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        I agree Detroit would be a good home for Iggy and the Wings have the cash and spare parts to make it happen. But, Dam those buts,Calgary will want to ship him further east than Detroit,. Ah but with re-alignment coming and the Wings heading to the east you never know.

  2. 5hole26 - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    you can have him. pens dont need him at all.

    • letsgopens8771 - Mar 10, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      THANK YOU!!! Anyone who says the Pens are trying to get Iginla, Setoguchi, or Perry is WRONG! This thing that the Pens need another scoring winger is foolish and pointless. We need a shutdown defensemen instead of a temporary player like Iggy. An offense-first team does not need help scoring goals when they have the best players in the world. We need a shutdown defensemen who does not care about scoring goals.

      So far, I have heard that Shero is interested in Ladislav Smid, which would be awesome, and Nate Thompson is also on Pittsburgh’s radar.

      I think trying to get Iginla is a mistake, and I agree with you 100%.

      • killerpgh - Mar 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        Iginla brings move than scoring goals and that I why I wouldn’t mind the trade (depending on cost). Leadership, toughness and the fact he knows his career is in the final phase making him that much more willing to do what ever it takes to win it all. He would be like adding a more skilled Bill Guerin. If/when the team decides to loss focus and start taking untimely penalties Iginla seems like that type of ice General to settle things down, because let’s face, Bylsma is a good coach, but holding players accountable isn’t one of his strong points unless its a unproven NHLer like Tangradi or Jeffery.

  3. islandersfan - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    The only way he should be traded is he wants to be.

    Iginla has carried that franchise or years, If he wants a Bourque style shot at a Stanley cup with a contender then Calgary asks him who he wants to go to, sends an email to those teams saying best offer gets him, and he goes.

    If he doesn’t want to go then under no circumstances should Calgary trade him. They have had exactly two good players there for the better part of a decade and the fans in Calgary have been patient. They owe it to the fans to not put Iginla in another jersey against his choice.

    • killerpgh - Mar 10, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      No trade can happen unless Iginla wants it to. He has a NMC meaning he has all the power to stay or approve where he can get traded to.

  4. miketoasty - Mar 10, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    I would like to see the Pens pass on Iginla. I think they finally found someone in Bennett to play with Malkin and Ialso think Calgary will be asking for too much (Rightfully so as Iginla is a great player). I would much rather see them go after a physical, stay at home defenseman.

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 10, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      I agree but how fun would a top 6 of Iginla-Crosby-Kunitz , Bennett-Malkin-Neal be. Dupuis could move to the third with Sutter and Cooke, and we could somehow dump Kennedy (maybe in the deal). That lineup would be scary.

  5. kingsforever - Mar 10, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    He won’t get traded because Feasted will ask for way too much

  6. brockohol - Mar 10, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    backes and oshie could use a linemate…just saying.

  7. letsgopens8771 - Mar 10, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    He probably just wants to retire with the only team he has ever played for, that’s all.

    • dolanster - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      He probably wants to have one last shot at winning a Cup. Who would have thought you’d ever see Bourque in an Avs jersey or Robitaille in a Wings sweater? He’ll always be a Flame at heart, but I’m not sure anyone as competitive as a pro athlete just feels good about resigning himself to playing out his career for a sinking squad. As an earlier poster noted, it’s up to him, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he tries to move himself to a short list of contenders.

  8. blackhawks1982 - Mar 10, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Would love to see Iginla in a Hawks jersey!

  9. blomfeld - Mar 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM


    According to a friend of mine in LA, those were the exact words last night of Jay Feaster at some late-night eatery there in Santa Monica. She said that Feaster appeared to be in an “aggressive & agitated” state, while he devoured his purchase of food in less than 5 minutes! Perhaps the “shellacking” his team just received at the hands of glorious Kings had something to do with his excessive food cravings, eh ? :)

    The bottom line is that Jarome Iginla is now as “good as gone” from Calgary … and that’s not a minute too soon either. Iginla is the “epitome” of what a captain ought to be and therefore he’s fully “deserving” of the chance to finish out his career in victory and style. Though I’d personally love to see him come to LA, that might be an upset to the wonderful team chemistry which we currently enjoy? A more likely destination will be a legitimate cup contender like the Rangers, Hawks, or even the Habs. I know the Pittsburgh people would like to get him, but I suspect that Crosby would never allow that to happen? At any rate, whoever gets Iginla will “immediately” be that much better!

    Attention all LA Kings fans: we beat the Flames soundly last night and Quickie looked good … now it’s important that we “put the boots” to these people again when we play “round 2” with them tomorrow night … also note that we’ll have reached the “halfway” point of our season after tomorrow night’s game … can you believe that? … anyway, we’re finally “happening” man and the timing couldn’t be better ! …

    GO KINGS GO !!!! :) :) :) :) :)

  10. pastabelly - Mar 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    The Bruins should be interested, but not a first round pick for a two month rental.

  11. billymccloskey - Mar 10, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Koivu and Parise need a winger who can play on the top line. He would be a great fit in my opinion

    • valoisvipers - Mar 10, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      Won’t happen, you are broke and not yet a cup contender.

  12. nananatman - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Mr. Feaster has been with us for two and a half seasons, despite his heart still beating for Tampa, it is my hope he isn’t with us long enough to trade Iginla and/or screw up what we would get for him.

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