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Report: Iginla submits list of four teams he’d OK trade to

Mar 24, 2013, 1:21 PM EST

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The race to acquire Jarome Iginla at the trade deadline is about to get really hot.

Renaud Lavoie of RDS reports (link in French) the Flames captain has submitted a list of four teams he’d approve a trade to. Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh are his desired locations and it appears he’s very serious about winning the Stanley Cup this year.

All four teams are at or near the very top of the standings in their conferences and Iginla’s desire to play in any of those places shouldn’t be a shock. With Calgary fighting to just make the playoffs and Iginla slated to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, it’s an optimal time for Flames GM Jay Feaster to move him to a contender.

Now the question is: Who steps up with the best deal to obtain him?

Pittsburgh has plenty of defensive prospects to put into an offer. Chicago is stocked with depth at forward while L.A. has a balance at both positions as well as goaltender Jonathan Bernier in case the Flames might be looking to the future in goal as well. Boston has some intriguing prospects as well and CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty says the team is prepared to push for him.

  1. killerpgh - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Depending on the cost I would love to see him in a Pens Jersey. Gives the Pens the ability to have 3 really good lines. Than the leadership he brings is the most important asset, imo. Can’t go wrong adding a proven veteran/leader with top 6 skill.

    • you4real - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Get to see him a lot as a Canucks fan… no player in the west deserves a ring more than this guy, would love to see him with pens if it meant winning a cup

    • bsfan77 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      I hope the Pitt cry babies do get Iggy. Can’t wait to hear the excuses when they get knocked out first round again. Maybe cry baby Sid can pull some hair again like last year. Let them buy a cup. It is a shortened season anyway. Would love to see more players bury him in the corner. Oh, hold on, you cant check Sid or you get a penalty!

  2. danaking - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    I’m a Pens fan and an Iginla fan, and I don’t want to see a trade. Bennett has played well, and the Pens have won 11 in a row, mostly without Malkin. They have no cap space to take Iginla on as anything more than a rental for the season, and it’s never a good idea to trade good prospects for a rental unless you’re pretty sure this is the piece you get to get over the hump. Pittsburgh may not need him; why part with players you might wish you had for a deal in a year or two when you really do have to make one?

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      While I agree that I’d hate to see them sacrifice the future for a one or two year guy, even at wing, I hate to see Pens fans ok with complacency. Let’s say we roll into the playoffs and lose Bennett, and Neal…or Kunitz and Neal, or Dupuis and Bennett…any combination. We’re done. Kennedy has been a liability, also, on the third line. And two good lines won’t do it in the playoffs.

      • killerpgh - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        And the Penguins really haven’t had 2 good lines this year. The Dupuis-Crosby-Kunitz line has been great. Probably the best in the league. The Neal-Malkin-“x” line hasn’t done much even strength. Malkin only has 10 even strength points this year. Neal only has 16 even strength points. Bennett is a gamble. He looks like he will progress into a solid top 6 wings. But he is way to inexperienced to be counted on in the post season. He hasnt played an playoff hockey game since 09-10 and that was at the junior A level. This is his 1st year playing pro hockey after 2 injury shortened college seasons. I think Bennett will be a good player. I just dont think I would count on a 21 year old, 1st year pro to be a key peice to the Stanley Cup puzzle. If he is that’s great, but I would have a back up plan if I was the GM.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        I agree completely.

    • sidneythekidney87 - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      I’m sorry Danaking, while your fandom is not in question you are just plain wrong on this one. I love Beau and he’s played admirably, but you can’t go into the playoffs depending on him. Not when you have the chance to get a seasoned vet like Jarome. Giving up a defensive prospect and/or draft picks is a small price to pay for a Stanley Cup.

    • torr68 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      Yes you are totally right on the money with that comment. I’m a bruins fan and that’s the big debate here we want him bad but at what cost for gd prospects and you know they want your best.

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Well this guy really thinks highly of himself out of the four on his list I only see one that would be interested the BRUINS !

  4. biasedhomer - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Getting Iginla could make the Pens the most dangerous team in the league.
    Morrow or Despres plus their late 1st round pick should get it done.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      The Pens need nothing they are rolling !

    • pens919209 - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Um… why don’t you try that on NHL 13 instead?

  5. friedberg7 - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Don’t do it Shero. He will be an expensive rental.

    • letsgopens8771 - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      No, he won’t. Shero is better than this. I wouldn’t want to see the Pens take a chance on him. Iginla is too much of a risky move. Malkin’s, Dupuis’s, Letang’s, and Flower’s contracts go up real soon. Iginla would be a mistake.

      IN SHERO WE TRUST!!!

      GO PENS!!!

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        Not sure why you’d consider it a risky move? If anything I think it would be little risk involved. And since Iginla is a UFA in the summer it would obviously be just a rental player situation.

        HOWEVER lost in all of the speculation is that the Calgary Herald reported last night the fat man running things here is apparently asking for a blue chip defensive prospect, a draft pick and a player off the roster in exchange for Iginla. I really hope he gets fired soon!

      • friedberg7 - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        It is risky because Calgary isn’t going to give him away for just a draft pick. He won’t come cheap and Shero shouldn’t trade the farm for a guy they will have a few months. Then if the Pens don’t win the Cup the trade will be a complete waste.

  6. windycity99 - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Hope the hawks don’t get him. He would cost to much and we wouldn’t be able to resign him.

  7. letsgopens8771 - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    As per insidepittsburghsports.com, the Pens are interested in a top 4 defenseman and a top 9 (not top 6 per se) forward that can play alongside Brandon Sutter and Geno in “certain situations.” I would rather see the Pens go after Mason Raymond (speed, good shot, 8 goals so far this year, we could use him). I also have heard that the Pens have been scouting Dallas a lot as of late and Eric Nystrom is on the Pens radar. Nystrom is physical and he works hard. One of these types of players will be a Penguin via a Classic Midseason Trade Deadline Shero Deal.

    IN SHERO WE TRUST!!!

    GO PENS!!!

    • friedberg7 - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Smid from Edmonton would be great for the Pens. Defensive Defenseman making only 2.5 mil and a UFA.

      • letsgopens8771 - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        Oh absolutely! I have been praising Smid and I really hope they go after him at the deadline…Shero has also been interested in him. The Pens need a guy like Smid. He is big, physical, can block shots (I believe), and he is a shutdown Defensive Defenseman who isn’t interested in scoring goals. I’d love it if he was a Penguin. That would be another Classic Shero move.

  8. vipod4ever - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Crosby will push, the last Olympics proved to be a deadly combo. However, his style of play lends itself well in Boston or Chicago. Calgary wil probably ship out of the west, so Pens or Bruins are likely.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      The Flames will send him to whichever team offers the most, they have no chance of making the playoffs, and running into him there, and he’s a UFA at the end of the year and can sign anywhere anyway.

  9. 19to77 - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    LA seems the most obvious candidate. There are top-six pieces on that team they won’t be bringing back again (since, you know, Penner still sucks) and cap space to resign him if he’s willing to take a more reasonable salary for his production these days. And they could use a spark for the power play, which he could provide. Besides, how sick would a Brown-Kopitar-Iginla line be?

    • eljefecartero - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Nope. La has prospects who could fill that role (Toffoli, Pearson, Vey for example). Sutter will shuffle lines to get players in their best possible position too. We don’t need Iginla.

      • blomfeld - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        I CONCUR …

        As much as you can’t help but admire the guy, Iginla’s the last thing we Kings either want or need. Yes, in terms of production our offense can be “moody” at times, as was the case yesterday against the Canucks. However there’s no question that when it really matters, our people put the puck in the net better than anyone else in the business! Besides, I think that the addition of such a strong personality like Iginla’s could upset the terrific “team” chemistry which we Kings currently enjoy. So I wish Iginla well and I hope that he goes to a contender, where at least he’ll have the “chance” of getting a SC ring.

      • blomfeld - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:44 PM

        ps: previously I was actually advocating Iginla coming to LA and I even had a “vision” at the time that he would … but I’ve since changed my views (ie: see my remarks above) and so I’m hoping now that my vision then was just a passing “fancy” at the time? … God willing

  10. sbsteelers - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    The Pens don’t need him unless Shero feels compelled to keep Iginla away from the Bruins. In any case the Pens have shown they can win even without Malkin.

  11. ironman721 - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Pens got like 8 million in cap room. But what do they do? Malkin contract after the season… Do they try to keep Jerome for 2-3 years? Can’t keep everybody and the cap isn’t about to go up anytime soon.

    • killerpgh - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Malkin and Letang are under contract for next season already. Next year the cap drops, but after that the cap should raise as long as the nhl continues to make a profit.

      • ironman721 - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        “If” it goes up… Ok, but if not do you want to pay a high price for a 1 year rental. Malkin extension should start as soon as season is over.

  12. ispeakpittsburghese - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Iginla isn’t coming here. You think he would accept a 3rd-line role in Pittsburgh? Because there sure as hell isn’t room for him anywhere else

  13. x4avalanche - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Im a huge Pens fan. I do not want him on the team. If Kunitz wasnt playing at such a high level then it would be a diffferent story. But Malkin, Neal, Crosby, and Kunitz is enough fire power to just trade away important pieces. The team is crazy balanced.

    I would love to see Jerome in a Wings Jersey. Along with Bouwmeester

    • tatdue - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Judging by your handle and what you have written you are a wings fan and if you read the blog you would realize that you are not on the list so keep dreamin’ He’ll be wearing a Pens jersey during these playoffs…..and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him back in a Calgary jersey next year….

      • nemesys06 - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        Being a wings fan I would love to see Iginla wearing red and white. It is not something you should out either. It has been rumored that Datsyuk may be on the trading block. He has one year in his contract left and looks to be going to Russia after. And you know the flames will not give Iginla up for free. They are going to demand a lot ands who do you think the Pens would give up? Not many teams have big name players they are willing to give up due to such a tight race for the playoffs. The wings do seem like one of the few teams that may be willing to make an offer the flames would consider.

  14. spavs412 - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Pens need their d depth with the RFA and UFa coming. Not worth it at all. Would only give up bortuzzo and I like him.. depres should nit be a trade part at all…

  15. ironcity6pak - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Pens are only looking for a rental so they won’t give up all their prospects for iggy. Look for a pairing for letang. Pens are more serious about signing Malkin n letang to long term.

  16. sjsharks66 - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    I always say the top two players who deserve to win the cup are Thornton and Iginla. They have played to hard in their career to walk away with nothing.

    • kmacle - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      Thornton already has two cups: Anaheim and Boston

      • nhloon - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        Joe Thornton you smooch. ……

  17. sjsharks66 - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Correction. They will have left behind a great career and amazing stats. However the ultimate goal is winning the cup.

  18. bucrightoff - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Calgary has absolutely no leverage here. Re-signing Ignila for Calgary would be pointless, they are a long ways away from the playoffs let alone being a contender. Would he even want to still be there is also a very good question. Pittsburgh and Chicago aren’t going to happen, those teams issues aren’t offense. So Calgary might have to settle for a mediocre deal here.

    The real point here is that Calgary should have traded Iginla at least 2 seasons ago, when he had a lot of value. Now he’s lost probably half the value he could have gotten back in a trade. The Flames desperately need new management.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      As a Flames fan I 100% agree, they need to fire Ken King (the team president since 02), bring in a hockey guy and let him clean house on hockey operations and repopulate it with smart hockey people. Feaster has done a few good things in his time here (few being the key word) but the O’Reilly debacle and the fact that he picked his best friend as coach and they’ve now completely lost any ability they have in their own zone under his best friend, makes me think it’s time for him to go.

      Just throwing random names out there but I’d like to see Ron Hextall as the new GM and either Dallas Eakins (preferably) or Lindy Ruff as the new head coach.

  19. steelers88 - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I’d rather get a top defensemen than Iginla. We don’t need another goal scorer.

  20. steelers88 - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I’d rather get a top defensemen than Iginla. We don’t need another goal scorer.

  21. ryandaniel31 - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    I think Iginla in a Blackhawk sweater would be awesome, but to be honest they need a #2 centre and another capable depth defenseman more than a sniping winger.

  22. bruin63 - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    I don’t think with these teams they will get great players in return. If Boston you could see maybe Horton and draft pick in return or slumping Peverly and a couple draft picks. Interesting to see how it all works out.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      C’mon, just us Dougie Hamilton, that’s all we ask for! Haha. If the Calgary Herald’s rumors of the Flames demands are true there’s no chance Iginla gets moved. In reality what the centre of any return they get will likely be a first round pick this year and maybe a mid level prospect.

      • The Hockey Fan - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        Exactly what I would think Peter Chirelli (how ever you spell his name) would think. But due to the fact that Calgary will want some real good current skill in return for their captain Horton or Peverly (who he might replace) would be likely players in return and a draft pick to go along with it. Peverly is feeling really uncomfortable right now so I could see him go.

      • nhloon - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        Yea Pev’s is on the out’s right now with Claude. I bet they ship Pevs and Koko out there and maybe Fernece/draft pick for a package deal. It would be quite the feat if they were able to grab Igi and Bouwmeester. That is of course if anyone would be mad enought to do that….Calgary seems fit they already know Ference.

  23. The Hockey Fan - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    My full thoughts now online at http://shawntalkshockey.wordpress.com/shawns-thoughts/

  24. blackhawksdynasty - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    As a hockey fan, I’d like to see Iginla win the cup. That being said, I don’t want to see him in Chicago – only because I don’t think he’d have a place on a healthy Hawks roster. Once Sharp and Hossa return from their injuries the top 2 lines are set. Iginla is better than a 3rd or 4th liner. I see him going to Boston or L.A. (Pit is probably out as they just made a deal for Morrow from of Dallas)

  25. torr68 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    I BIG BRUINS FAN – Morrows to Pittsburgh :) Inginla to BOSTON BABY Calgary needs a goalie and they got plentyof those and a draft pick and Nooooooo way Hamilton goes anywhere.

    • odj810 - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      iginila is a glorified horton skill wise. give me st. louis

      • nhloon - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        I could agree with that, but Iggy brings more intangibles (Bangs in the corners, fights). The only way St Louis comes to Boston is if he plays with a skill guy like Seguin and Marchy. Otherwise they waste his play making abilities, he and Savard are a lot a like.

      • odj810 - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:40 AM

        I think you create alot more options with st. louis. you need that savard type player on the pp. If they are the same price. go with st. louis.

  26. bhawk729 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Don’t need him in Chicago. Don’t feel like giving up any good prospects for him

  27. uscthom78 - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Bernier and Dusty for Iggy.

  28. judahbenhur - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    He fits the Kings style of play perfectly– but not for Bernier. You can’t let him go for a rental unless there as at least a draft pick coming back with Iginla.

  29. kingsforever - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Alec Martinez and a pick for Iginla

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