We often hear NHL players talk late in their career about the importance of winning the Stanley Cup.
After players have skated in 1,000 games or more and have established a stellar career, not being part of the fraternity that has won the cup can mean the difference between the Hall of Fame and honorable mention.
NHL greats Marcel Dionne, Gilbert Perreault and Brad Park are three players that were inducted in the Hall who never had a chance to lift the cup.
The blogosphere has been abuzz with talk about Iginla’s sub-par offensive performance this season and the rumors about his possible trade.
The Calgary Flames are unlikely to reach the Staley Cup semifinals much less the Stanley Cup finals.
The Flames had their best chance when Iginla was at the top of his game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004. It was during those years that Iginla was lauded by none other than Wayne Gretzky as one of the top hockey players in the world.
To further exacerbate the circumstances is Iginla’s deteriorating relationship with his current coach Brent Sutter. If it is reasonable that Sutter has a coaching philosophy reminiscent of how he played the game. With a "take no prisoners—win at all costs" approach, the communication and head-butting between the coach and the captain possibly has reached a boiling point.
Another way to illustrate the issue is to point out that two type-A personalities rarely result in the best possible performance outcome.
The other issue seems to be Iggy’s salary. His $7 million per annum compensation and his age make his trade potential slightly more complicated.
Some years ago the Boston Bruins were going nowhere in the standings and agreed amicably to a trade with the Colorado Avalanche that resulted in Ray Bourque winning the Stanley Cup the only time in his illustrious career.
Interestingly enough the Boston fans and the Bruins organization cheered Bourque and still speak of his contributions to the team with high regard.
Jarome Iginla has proven himself as a great leader and the appropriate face of the team for over a decade.
Conversely, it will benefit both the team and Iginla if a trade is made, which will invigorate Iginla and perhaps provide the Flames with a player or a combination of players and draft picks that could help rebuild the team in the Sutter’s image.