NHL Trade Rumors: Ranking Most Realistic Fits for Jarome Iginla
According to Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun, Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla is one of the hottest names on the trade market. Even at 35, Iginla offers reason for intrigue as he's accumulated 18 points in 21 games in 2013.
The question is, which of the realistic suitors is the best fit for Iginla?
Per Garrioch, the teams interested are the Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks. There is no guarantee that Calgary will trade him, but the possibilities are certainly present.
So which teams present the best fit for Iginla?
5. Dallas Stars
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As great of a deal as this may be for Dallas, it's the worst possible option on this list.
The Stars are a postseason contender that has a chance to make noise if fully healthy. With that being said, they fail to offer Iginla a realistic chance at winning right now.
At 35, Iginla doesn't have much time to waste.
Perhaps Iginla's arrival would help Dallas turn their offensive woes around. Between he and Jaromir Jagr, the veterans could make a stand against the young guns and push for the Stanley Cup.
Unfortunately, Dallas pales in appeal to the other teams on this list.
4. Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers are expected to make an offer for Jarome Iginla, per Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun.
Claude Giroux is one of the fastest rising stars in the NHL. He's a phenomenal puck-handler, a world-class facilitator and a dangerous goal scorer.
Chances are, Jarome Iginla would thrive playing alongside the 25-year-old.
When there's a player with the star potential that Giroux possesses, veterans are often intrigued. That could be the case here, as Iginla would work off-puck and Giroux could set him up for easier looks at the net.
Seeing as the Flyers have experienced postseason success in each of the past three seasons, the intrigue rises.
Since starting 2-6-0, Philadelphia has turned their season around. They're 9-6-1 during their past 16 games and have clawed their way back into postseason position.
With the Flyers consistently battling injuries, Iginla's veteran presence would certainly improve their chances of gaining position in the standings.
3. San Jose Sharks
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Iginla and Joe Thornton have played together on Team Canada for roughly a decade. The same can be said about Iginla and Patrick Marleau.
In other words, the familiarity is there for Iginla should he join the Sharks.
Although unable to win a Stanley Cup, the Sharks have won their division in four of the past five seasons. They're consistently seeded well come the playoffs and have the veterans to make a push.
Perhaps Iginla's acquisition is what the team needs to make that final leap.
2. Boston Bruins
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Boston is currently second in the Eastern Conference at 14-3-5. They're 10th in goals scored and fourth in goals against per game.
If that's not enough, Jarome Iginla would join a team that's led by goaltender Tuukka Rask—who wouldn't want to play in front of him?
Iginla would need to embrace a "face in the crowd" mentality as a member of the Bruins. Chances are, he would have no problem doing that at his current age.
Iginla is 35 and looking to win a Stanley Cup before he hangs up the skates. Seeing as the Bruins are in prime position to make a run at the gold, Boston is an ideal location for Iginla.
One that nearly tops our list.
1. Pittsburgh Penguins
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Is there any question about why?
If Iginla were to join Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh, the Penguins would have the best trio in all of the NHL.
Even at 35, Iginla continues to produce at a high rate. What is more impressive about this truth is that he's often tasked with creating for himself as an opposing defense's top target.
Alongside master facilitators such as Crosby and Malkin, however, Iginla could return to his days of scoring 40 goals per season.
Keep in mind, Iginla has experience playing with Crosby. Both are members of Team Canada's national hockey team, and fans both Canada and the U.S. are well aware of that fact.
Iginla found Crosby for the game-winning goal during the Gold Medal game of the 2010 Winter Olympics.