March 11, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla (12) moves the puck against the defense of Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll (28) during the third period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Should Jarome Iginla Stay in Calgary?

The Calgary Flames sit at 14th of the Western Conference, even though they have the same record (10-11-4) as the Colorado Avalanche, who sit at the bottom.  With the trade deadline less than three weeks away, many rumors have been exposed, like they usually do, about Jarome Iginla looking to be traded. From the perspective of Calgary, they shouldn’t trade him. But from Iginla’s perspective, it could be a touchy subject.

Mar 13, 2013; Calgary, AL, CAN; Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla (12) and Calgary Flames left wing Alex Tanguay and Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano (5) celebrate Calgary Flames goal against Detroit Red Wings during the first period at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Jarome is always smiling when he plays. This could be because of his 7 goals and 12 assists in 25 games. Regardless of how well the team is, he is one of the best players that Calgary has had on their team. He has become the face of the Flames organization. Is it really time for him to leave behind what he started?

Iginla’s contract of 5-years, $35 million is up at the end of the season, and no talks have been held to extend it. This makes people believe that the Flames are ready to trade him away. With his no movement clause, he has to be on board with the move, and since he isn’t pushing for an extension, maybe he wants to move on. Or maybe he has forgotten that his contract is up. Flames GM Jay

Feaster had little to say about the rumor. “I’m not going to talk about Jarome specifically,” Feaster told Elliotte Friedman when asked about the situation. “Every time his name comes up publicly, there’s an outcry.”

But what are the best options for Jarome Iginla? Is a trade the best bet for him? Word on the street is the two top buyers for Iginla are the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins. Getting traded to a team that has won the Stanley Cup within the last five years could be a huge break for Iginla. The team I wouldn’t mind seeing him on is Pittsburgh. I don’t think he could pull off being a Bruin. My money is on him staying in Calgary, but if he moves, it’s to Pittsburgh.

Without discussing the extension of his contract, Iginla leads us to believe he is taking on another team when the next season starts. It isn’t safe to assume that he is leaving, but you never know. To stay up to date with hockey news follow us on Twitter @TooManyMenOTS and myself @NardoneDylan

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