NHL Trade Rumors: Breaking Down Best Landing Spots for Jarome Iginla

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 25, 2013

VANCOUVER, CANADA - JANUARY 23: Jarome Iginla #12 of the Calgary Flames skates with the puck during NHL action against the Vancouver Canucks on January 23, 2013 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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Having been touted as a potential mover for some time now, it seems likely that Calgary Flames star Jarome Iginla will indeed be traded away in 2013.

According to Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun, the Penguins, Bruins, Kings, Canucks, Flyers and Red Wings are all thought to be interested in the 35-year-old, with Calgary looking to work with one of those teams to irk out a deal before the deadline closes on April 3.

So if he's going to make a move, it does seem like it will be to one of those teams. However, which ones are the best fits for Iginla to move to this winter? 

Read on and find out the best landing spots for the Calgary Flames star.


3. Philadelphia Flyers

Touted as a viable designation for Iginla, it's tough to suggest that the 35-year-old wouldn't be a good fit with the Flyers. It would be even tougher again to suggest that Philadelphia couldn't utilize his skill set in 2013, with perhaps the exact opposite likely to take place.

Iginla would be a great fit in Philly and would add consistent scoring to their offensive production. Moreover, he would strengthen their play on the wings and add great toughness and experience to their attack as well.

However, given the fact that Iginla is likely to only pick playoff teams (and most likely ones that have a hope of winning the Stanley Cup), it's hard to see him waiving his no-trade clause to move to the Flyers. That just isn't going to happen, as good as a fit he might be for them.


2. Pittsburgh Penguins

The sheer thought of watching Jarome Iginla play alongside Sidney Crosby is a scary prospect, but the reality is that it could well happen before the deadline. Especially given how much money the Penguins have in cap room and how strong they'd be if Iginla arrived. 

Crosby in particular would be even more effective should Iginla be traded (and vice versa), as the pair combined would become a very lethal attacking duo.

It's also pretty safe to suggest here that a trade deal with Calgary could work from Pittsburgh's perspective, as the Penguins could offer the Flames those young prospects they desperately want.

Whether in draft picks or in squad players, it would be hard for Calgary to resist good young talent if offered by the Penguins.

Iginla still has plenty of attacking skill left in him and would be a huge addition to the Penguins' attack if they could nab him before the deadline closes.


1. Boston Bruins

The prospect of Jarome Iginla moving to Boston is perhaps even more scary than any other team mentioned, making the Bruins the best landing spot for the 35-year-old forward.

Think about it for a minute.

Boston needs more scoring depth and help on the power play. They are already in the running for a strong postseason in 2013, but probably need another big-name forward to truly get the best out of their starting lineup and challenge for the Stanley Cup title.

Now consider Iginla, who brings all of those things to the table, plus his leadership on and off the ice, as well as his aggression and determination. The 35-year-old is still a top-tier forward who can have a profound impact alongside good teammates, and Boston would certainly provide that.

Moreover, the Bruins have the cap space and the young talent needed to entice Calgary to make a deal should they be willing to trade their star in 2013.

I'd say that if any team ends up with Iginla, it will be Boston.


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