As the Flames continue to fall off the face of the NHL universe, it may be time for a long overdue youth movement in Calgary.
The team’s two most valuable players may be on the wrong side of 30 and quite expensive, but nearly every team in the league would like at least one of these guys.
Since the 2003-04 season, Jarome Iginla has been the Flames captain. Even at age 35, he is still a productive player. He would be a great asset to a team looking for a veteran presence in its locker room and an impact player on the ice.
That same year, the Flames dealt a second-round pick to the San Jose Sharks for Miikka Kiprusoff, and the Finn has held down the team’s goaltending position ever since. A year older than Iginla, Kiprusoff is still a productive goaltender at the game’s highest level and would be a great addition to any team that either needs a starter or, in a shortened season, would like to have a reliable backup.
Virtually every team in the league would like to have either one of these players, but their $7 million (Iginla) and $5.833 million (Kipper) cap hits (per CapGeek.com) will dissuade many teams near the cap from picking them up. Iginla is a little easier to obtain—he’s in a contract year—but any team that acquires Kiprusoff has to pay him next year, too.
Every team that would have legitimate interest in either player is listed here, with their cap space and interest level listed under the name of the player(s) they are targeting.