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.