Current Team: Calgary Flames
Position: Right Wing
2013 Salary Cap Hit: $7 million
Jarome Iginla's five-year, $35 million contract that began in the 2008-09 season will expire at the end of the year, and his future with the Calgary Flames has yet to be determined.
Iginla has been very loyal to the Flames since he joined the organization for the 1996-97 season as part of the trade that sent Joe Nieuwendyk to the Dallas Stars, but he won't win the first Stanley Cup of his career if he remains in Calgary until retirement.
The Flames are in 14th place in the Western Conference and their hopes of making the playoffs are getting slimmer with each loss.
Even though Iginla has been involved in so many trade rumors over the last few seasons, the expiration of his contract makes it more likely that he could be traded to a Stanley Cup contender before the April 3 deadline. Calgary cannot afford to take the risk of losing him in the summer for nothing as a UFA if a contender offers him a huge contract and the chance to win a championship.
If Iginla does become a free agent at the end of the season, it wouldn't be surprising if many teams expressed interest in signing him because he's still capable of scoring 20-plus goals in a normal 82-game season and his leadership skills would make him a valuable addition to any locker room.
Iginla hasn't scored less than 63 points in a single season since 1998-99, and he has already tallied 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) through 27 games in 2013.
As a power forward who scores goals, plays well defensively, excels in any style of play, has plenty of experience as a leader and is well respected throughout the league, Iginla will be the top player in the 2013 UFA class if he reaches free agency.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter. He was a credentialed reporter at the 2011 Stanley Cup Final and 2012 NHL playoffs. All salary information courtesy of Capgeek.