According to Strickland, a source close to the Flames says that ownership will not push the trade possibility with Iginla, but rather wait for their captain to decide if he wants to play for a contender this season. Strickland highlights that the Flames need to know which way Iginla is leaning on the situation. Stay or go? That’s the million dollar question and as of now, nothing has been indicated that Jay Feaster has had that conversation with Iginla or his agent.
The source says that the Flames aren’t desperately trying to move Iginla despite reports from TSN’s Bob McKenzie that says the ball is rolling in regards to a trade being sought out. Strickland points out that whoever does look at acquiring Iginla will pay a premium for his services and uses the Keith Tkachuk trade that sent him to Atlanta from St. Louis as a comparison. There is the possibility that Iginla gets traded this season and then resigns with the Flames in the offseason after they’ve reloaded on youth courtesy of their trading partner.
Meanwhile on Jay Bouwmeester, we’ve already mentioned that there are a handful of teams that are looking at the mobile defenseman. But Strickland reports that one league source says Calgary “wants the moon for Bouwmeester” and that in itself could deter a lot of clubs; at least right now but that could change if the market doesn’t shape up like Feaster was hoping leading up to the April 3rd deadline.
Strickland notes that the Blues and Flames had serious trade talks about Bouwmeester at last year’s draft and it’ll depend on whether St. Louis is willing to part ways with the “young NHL ready players” that the Flames are said to be asking for this time around. One name that Strickland is told the Flames would want is Jaden Schwartz who fits the mold in what Calgary is after in a potential trade. But that might be a bit steep and could make the Blues look elsewhere for their top-four d-man.