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Iginla preps for ‘special’ Calgary homecoming

Dec 10, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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Tonight promises to be an emotional affair at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

For the first time, Jarome Iginla will play a NHL game in Calgary wearing something other than Flames colors when Boston visits the Saddledome on Tuesday.

The franchise legend — Iginla is the club’s all time leader in games played, goals and points — has been trying to keep his emotions in check, but acknowledged that might prove difficult once he’s actually out on the ice.

“I’m trying to prepare myself,” Iginla said, as per Yahoo. “I don’t plan on being extremely emotional, but I don’t know. I really want to try and take it as it comes. I had great experiences. I loved playing here.”

Traded from Calgary to Pittsburgh at last season’s deadline, Iginla signed a one-year, $6 million tender with Boston in July and has had a solid-if-unspectacular start to the year. While he only has six goals in 30 games, Iginla does have 11 assists and 17 points, and is averaging 18:25 TOI per game.

So, a good year — but one that promises to get better tonight.

“I’m going to enjoy playing here and being back in the Saddledome,” Iginla said. “Hopefully it’s a warm reception and I know it’ll be special for myself.

“I imagine it’s going to be a little bit different at the start, but it will be cool.”

  1. muckleflugga - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    iginla will benefit from a five minute love-in, then knives and teeth will be bared…this is the wild west, after all

    the presiding view in calgary is much of flames’ inability to close-in on playoffs let alone titles, falls at jarome’s size twelves…that’s what comes of big money deals with small money on-ice performance when it matters

    he rarely got special attention from other teams that was of any consequence, but still disappeared in moments when he should have claimed games…a complete mystery given his gifts

    i know devout followers of the flames who literally hate his guts, most others are ambivalent…i found him to be a one dimensional floater convinced he was the guy, but unable to rally a supporting cast

    • drewzducks - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      disappeared ? Like 22 points in 26 games during their cup run, including 3 game winning goals ?

  2. kingcobraman - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    after a emotional cry ,nail them with a Gordy Howe hat trick….

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      A hockey fan who doesn’t know it’s Gordie Howe, not Gordy, should be fined and suspended.

      • kingcobraman - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        is that all u got… uuuh lets correct peoples mistakes… get a life a$$clown…

  3. themagicman1223 - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    He played over 1100 games for Flames, why did you say over 600?

  4. muckleflugga - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    drewzducks

    chickenfeed compared to point totals of champion players on champion teams

    the only statistic that matters is number of cup rings

    iginla, lord of the ringless

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