NHL Rumors: Calgary Flames' Jarome Iginla Fits Philadelphia Flyers' Plans

By Sean O'Brien
Philadelphia Flyers Jarome Iginla
Ron Chenoy – US Presswire

Jarome Iginla hasn’t scored any goals for the Calgary Flames this year. But, the future Hall of Famer has tallied 516 during the 15+ seasons that he’s been in the National Hockey League. Considering the Philadelphia Flyers inconsistent offensive output this season, might the Flames’ captain trade the orange shade in his uniform for “Bullies” colors sometime soon?

According to a report by Comcast SportsNet Flyers’ Insider Tim Panaccio: “They (the Flyers) need veteran scoring help and general manager Paul Holmgren has been sniffing around for more than a week now…” Panaccio believes that someone like 18-year-old prospect Scott Laughton would be enough to land Iginla and that Long Term Injured Reserve designations for Chris Pronger and Matt Walker would allow his salary to fit under the Flyers’ cap.

Iginla is earning $7 million in the final year of his contract, after which he will become an unrestricted free agent. Since the Flames are tied with the Florida Panthers for the lowest points total (4) in the League, it’s feasible that they would attempt to seek a return for their asset this season.

The Flyers only have six points after last night’s 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. However, their expectations for this season are higher than the Flames.

Everyone knows that Flyers’ founder and chairman Ed Snider rightfully attempts to win the Stanley Cup every year and that his top front office boss Holmgren will attempt to make that happen this shortened season through any means necessary.

While obtaining someone like Iginla wouldn’t guarantee anything and would seemingly make any other necessary moves challenging from a cap-related standpoint, he could be worth the risk. Teaming that specific right winger with Claude Giroux on the top line is quite a tempting ice vision.

The Flyers rearranged defense has looked okay so far this season. It’s not great, but it should be adequate.

Bolstered by the superior play of Ilya Bryzgalov, the odds indicate that Philadelphia should increase its point total over the next few weeks. Bryzgalov’s revived attitude and steady crease efforts are the strongest indicator that Peter Laviolette still has the makings of a playoff team. With that hopeful thought in mind, adding Iginla (or someone like him) makes sense.

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