Yup, by now I'm sure you've all heard this one.
Jarome Iginla, lifetime Calgary Flame and upcoming free agent, has reportedly said he would waive his no-move clause for four teams: Pittsburgh, Chicago, Boston, and Los Angeles.
The cost would be high, likely a top prospect, a secondary prospect, and a roster player, but the impact would be pretty beneficial. Iginla, 35, is still very productive and has a great relationship with coach Darryl Sutter. If a trade goes through for the former gold-medalist you can guarantee he was a major voice in the acquisition.
The downside? He's old, expensive, and could walk at the end of the season. Is it worth giving up the future for a potential rental? Dean Lombardi might currently be mulling over that very question as you read this.
Jordan Leopold/Robyn Regher
Another set of players who have the Sutter connection. Leopold broke onto the scene in 2002-03 with the Calgary Flames, and really made a name for himself in the next couple of years with the team
Regher, a lifetime Flame until 2011 when he made way to the northeast, was a key part of the 2003-04 Finals run that saw Calgary beaten in game seven by the Tampa Bay Lightning along with teammate Jordan Leopold.
Both players are defense-first style players, Leopold with a little more offensive upside, who have playoff experience, big game experience and have worked well under coach Sutter in the past. Most importantly they have manageable cap hits with expiring contracts on a team in Buffalo that should be a seller.
One can dream right? However, according to TSN, Dallas has apparently been fielding offers on the 27-year-old Swede.
It'd be unlikely that Dallas would allow Eriksson to go to a division opponent, but then again the divisions are changing next season and Dallas will not be seeing the Kings nearly as much. The left winger has been arguably Dallas' MVP the last three seasons and is a consistent 70-point player. At 27, with an unbelievably reasonable cap hit of $4.25 million for through 2015-16, the cost on Eriksson would be high. However, as a proven goal-scorer on a mid-level team, it could be a situation similar to Mike Richards where the Kings were willing to part with a bit of the future to gain the right now. Dallas is currently the oldest team in the league, rebuild is not far off for them and the Kings have a lot of young pieces.