I know the title sounds very weird, but I’m sure everyone knows what I mean by it. We have yet to find Iginla his power duo partner.
Most of the forwards in the NHL have their line mate that helps them get it done. Ovechkin has Backstrom, Toews has Kane, the Sedins have each other and so on. Iginla needs one of those guys with him.
Jarome Iginla is still one of the best forwards in the NHL in my mind. However, with each day that passes Iginla gets older and older. Which means with each day that passes Iginla will be less and less capable of doing what he does on his own.
Here is what I would do. This whole time I talked about freeing up all this cap space. Do you know why? So we can bring in someone that has a big contract. Call me a big dreamer, but I was thinking of Jason Spezza. There are plenty of trade rumors surrounding him and bringing him in to Calgary would be terrific.
It gives Iginla a very talented line mate to play with and I am sure the two could put up some great numbers together. Remember when I talked about moving out Regehr and Sarich? Well here’s something that could work.
To Ottawa Senators: Robyn Regehr, Cory Sarich, Daymond Langkow
To Calgary Flames: Jason Spezza, Chris Campoli
That is a great deal for both sides. Langkow is a good forward that could potentially work with captain Daniel Alfredsson. Plus you get two good defenseman in Regehr and Sarich.
Calgary gets a big name center to play with Jarome Iginla plus a good defenseman to add to their blue line.
With this done, Calgary would still have enough room on the cap to pursue some free agents of their liking. My advice is since you moved out two d-men, bring in a guy like Anton Volchenkov. It’s almost like he’s included in the trade too, seeing he’s one of Ottawa’s unrestricted free agents.
A first line of Rene Bourque, Jason Spezza and Jarome Iginla seems like quite the trio. I’d love to see it happen.