The Calgary Flames currently sit at the bottom of the Western Conference, with just 22 points on the season. As everyone could have expected coming into the season, they’re about out of it already.
Which means that Jarome Iginla is about to become a very highly sought-after commodity. We’ve heard his name in trade rumors in the last few seasons around the trade deadline, but this could be the year that it finally happens.
Iginla is the face of the franchise. Right now, he’s one of the only positive faces for a franchise that has become something of a laughingstock, with Jay Feaster running the show. So you could understand why the front office may want to keep him around. But they may have to finally part with him.
In Calgary since 1995, Iginla could finally be headed elsewhere within the next month. He’s set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year and has yet to get into contract negotiations for an extension with Feaster and the Flames. Which is probably pretty telling.
Should he become available, there will be no shortage of takers for Iginla. Contenders from all over the map will be looking to acquire him, visualizing him as their final piece of a Stanley Cup puzzle. Even at 35, he’s still putting up great numbers. He hasn’t posted less than 60 points in a season in this millennium.
It wouldn’t be a popular move with the fans of the franchise, that’s for sure. But the Flames may not have a choice at this point. Opposing clubs will be lining up at the opportunity to not only acquire Iginla, but make a deal with Jay Feaster. Expect him to waive his no-movement clause and be donning a new sweater in about a month.