At last, we come to the big fish of sought-after players in this year's trade deadline.
Flames' Captain Jarome Iginla is going to turn 36 this summer and is also set to become a free agent, but that hasn't stopped teams from calling.
TSN's Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and several other reports have claimed that the Iginla sweepstakes are down to four teams: Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Boston.
All four teams happen to be the four most recent Stanley Cup Winners. All of those teams have plenty of prospects, and their core players are still young and in their prime.
All of them can afford to part with the believed asking price—a first-round pick and two top prospects.
Pittsburgh may have traded for Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray, but as LeBrun reported, they are planning to go all in this season.
Chicago has plenty of depth on the wing and they need to bolster their depth at the center position, so they shouldn't go after him.
Los Angeles and Boston may be the two better fits. Pittsburgh's offense is talented enough, Iginla would only improve it by so much.
The Kings have made their fair share of blockbuster deals in past trade deadlines, such as trading for Dustin Penner and Jeff Carter. Los Angeles gave up first-round pick and young talent. Ultimately, they will likely learn that they need to hold onto these draft picks and being the defending Cup Champions, shouldn't feel forced to make a move. Plus, Calgary probably won't feel the desire to trade him away to a conference rival.
That leaves the Bruins as the front-runners. They have plenty of young power forwards and playmakers, but no pure goal scorers like Iginla.
Boston gives Iginla a great chance to win the Stanley Cup. They also have the prospects that they can afford to move in order to land him.
The Bruins pose a dangerous scoring attack, but it may not be enough to match Pittsburgh's. Adding Iginla would change that. The Bruins appear to be the best fit for Iginla. Boston also has two quality goaltenders plus top prospect Malcolm Subban and Calgary needs to find a replacement for the aging Miikka Kiprusoff.
Prediction: Traded to Boston for Goaltender Anton Khudobin, Center Ryan Spooner and a 2013 first-round pick.
**UPDATE: Iginla has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2013 first-round pick along with prospects Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski, as reported by CBC.