If there is one name that defines the Calgary Flames over the past 20 years, it is Jarome Iginla. The guy has been one of the better players in the NHL since joining the Flames in ’95, racking up 1,076 points in 1,192 career games with the franchise. He’s never played with anyone else, and if the team is not ready to make a move and win now, they should trade him or let him go after his contract runs out this season.
The Flames have missed the playoffs the last three years and do not appear any closer to making a run at the Stanley Cup. Iginla is a player who many feel deserve at least a shot at a title run, and the Flames organization needs to make that happen.
Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick chimed in on the matter (from the Calgary Herald).
“I would really like to see him win a Cup, I think he deserves it,” said Roenick. “I think he has a good enough rapport and a good enough relationship with the fans of Calgary where if (a trade) happened, they would understand. They wouldn’t hold it against him to try to win a Cup because he’s given so much to this city, both on the ice and off the ice.”
Roenick would know how Iginla feels if he failed to win a Stanley Cup in his career. Roenick never won despite appearing in 154 playoff games and 21 seasons in the league. The Flames were one win away in 2004 and if it weren’t for a controversial call going against them, they would have won. It has to kill Iginla to get that close and not win.
If the Flames are not willing to go after some premier talent and have a win now attitude, they have to do the unpopular thing and let Iginla chase a title. Fans will not like it, but it’s the right thing to do.