The good news for the Calgary Flames and their captain Jarome Iginla is that there is only one week until the NHL Trade Deadline. The bad news is that they’ll have to put up with the trade rumors surrounding Iginla for the next week unless the club decides to trade their cornerstone player prior to April 3rd.
This morning Darren Dreger from TSN reports that the Flames are proceeding with a great deal of caution when it comes to exploring a deal for Iginla. Dreger notes that the Boston Bruins have had consistent contact with Flames’ GM Jay Feaster and while assets and roster players have been discussed, Dreger reminds us that much more is required to come together before any deal could be finalized.
Dreger says that the Bruins have also done their due diligence and have not put all their eggs in the Iginla basket. They’ve been exploring other options and one player that appeals to them is Ryan Clowe of the San Jose Sharks. Should the Flames and Bruins fail to come to terms on a deal for Iginla, the Flames could find themselves holding on to their captain if no other team is willing to meet the asking price.
One club that could be out of the running for Iginla is the Chicago Blackhawks according to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times. Lazerus explains that Hawks’ GM Stan Bowman may be hesitant to give up the first round pick, top prosepct and a roster player for Iginla given he is set to become a UFA this summer and will be a pure “rental” player for Chicago.
Lazerus further comments on the risk of disrupting the Hakws chemistry that has them sitting atop the Western Conference and the Stanley Cup favorites to many.
Bowman has acknowledged that he’d like to add a centreman who is strong on face-offs. Iginla, a natural right-winger doesn’t fit that mold that Bowman is seeking.
Lazerus also points out that Iginla doesn’t fit in the top two lines in Chicago, barring an injury to one of their top-six forwards in the next week. Both Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane are locks on the right side meaning Iginla would be a third line winger, a move that could be too costly to pull off.
With Chicago suddenly long shots to land Iginla, the Bruins could be deemed as the front runners at this point. We’ve also heard that Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins could still be in on Iginla as well as the Detroit Red Wings.
Of course all that could change in a week but until then, we’ll continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed.