For the first time in an extremely long time, the Calgary Flames have a roster that does not feature Jarome Iginla. Though it was a long time coming, it’s hard to picture Iginla in a sweater with anything but a Calgary logo on it, and it’s nearly impossible to imagine a Calgary roster that does not feature its captain.
But here we are. The Flames are now in need of a new face of the franchise to take Iginla place. Given the fact that they’re looking like they are about to enter total rebuild mode, they likely don’t have that player on the roster at this time. However, who takes Iginla’s place as the face of the franchise in the interim remains to be seen.
Is it Miikka Kiprusoff? Had this been last season, or even before that, that certainly would have been the case. But he’s been nothing short of awful this season and looks to be on his way out not too long after Iginla. He’s in the twilight of his career, at least with the Flames. He’s not the guy.
Jay Bouwmeester is also ruled out. Not a terrible defenseman, just an unfavorable contract. He hasn’t been the no. 1 guy the Flames had hoped to acquire and he’s probably going to be on his way out in the very near future as well. Dennis Wideman, despite his contract, is also not a ‘face of the franchise’-type guy.
Which means that the new face has to come from up in the forward ranks, right? It’s possible. Could be Curtis Glencross. Perhaps Alex Tanguay or Jiri Hudler? The most obvious choice would probably be Mike Cammalleri. He’s the biggest name and second on the team in scoring.
And that leads to the next point: this Calgary Flames organization is a total disaster. With so few marketable players, this rebuild is going to be an extremely long and painful one for the Flames. All while they watch Iginla go on and fight for a Stanley Cup over in Pittsburgh.