The big trade news in the NHL on Sunday wasn’t so much the fact that Brendan Morrow was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but the fact that Jarome Iginla submitted a list of teams to which he would accept a trade.
It seems like every year, right around this time, it looks like the Calgary Flames and the face of their franchise are set to part ways, but it has never actually happened. The fact that Iginla is an unrestricted free agent, and the current Flames roster is a complete dumpster fire, will probably lead to a deal actually going down before this year’s deadline.
And you can bet the Chicago Blackhawks will be among the teams attempting to acquire his services. The Hawks were one of the four teams initially named by Iginla. The Pens were also in there, which means that they may only be battling with two other teams in the Iginla Sweepstakes.
Whether or not the Blackhawks make the move for Iginla depends on a couple of different things: the asking price and whether or not there’s actually a fit.
The asking price is no secret. Noted mastermind Jay Feaster wants a roster player, a prospect, and a draft pick. That’s probably going to be the going rate for quite a few guys at the deadline. The Hawks have prospects. They have one of the deepest systems in the game. They can surrender a draft pick. But the roster player could be a tricky situation. If it’s, say, Viktor Stalberg, then maybe. If it’s Brandon Saad, Stan Bowman probably hangs up.
Then you have to examine whether or not Iginla would even be a fit for the Blackhawks. Would he fit in with their current top six? Unless Patrick Sharp moves to center, which is not going to happen, there isn’t exactly room for Iginla. Now if Sharp’s health, or the health of Marian Hossa, remains an issue, then that’s a different story entirely.
The bottom line is this: the Blackhawks are going to be interested in Jarome Iginla. He named them as a team he’d accept a trade to. There is obviously going to be some sort of dialogue. But the Hawks may find that they don’t want to match Feaster’s asking price when they can go out and acquire a second line center, a more pressing need, for the same or less.
Iginla may very well be a Blackhawk. He could also end up with two or three other teams. This is going to be an interesting situation to keep an eye on, and is the one that will draw the most attention, as we creep closer and closer to the trade deadline.