So, here we go again, for the second season in a row, Jarome Iginla is smack-dab in the middle of the trade rumor-mill and isn't likely to get out of it until he's traded, or his season ends.
In case you're interested, and assuming you've only recently come in to possession of a computer and an interest in hockey, you can read many fine prognostications of where Iginla will go and who the Flames should get in return on this site and scores of others.
Just go ahead and enter "Jarome Iginla trade" into your favorite search engine, and you'll have about six hours of reading material to keep you busy.
These trade scenarios are everywhere and range from the logically possible, to the fantastically stupid.
I am not going to add another one to the list; there's plenty of different flavors to chose from for those hungry for such things.
However, what you'll find similar about all of them is that the basic premise these scenarios work under is that the Flames should trade Iginla.
Think about that for a minute.
A team that has made several questionable coaching decisions, bizarre free-agent signings and desperate and desperately large trades that ultimately did nothing to improve the team should trade the one player that has done everything asked of him in 13 seasons with the same franchise.
That just doesn't make a lot of sense.
While stories of beefs and blow-ups between the two perpetually grumpy Sutter brothers (perhaps the two biggest reasons the Flames are in the state they're in) slowly seep out of Calgary, a flood of stories about coach Brent Sutter's displeasure with Iginla fuel the trade-rumor juggernaught that surrounds him.
Could it be that the Flames GM and coach are the ones that should be removed from the organization and not Jarome Iginla?
Recent history suggests this might be the best fix for Calgary's problems.
After missing the playoffs despite a colossal 11 player deal with the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs that shipped formerly untouchable defenseman Dion Phaneuf out of town, the Flames looked to reload via the free-agent market over the summer.
While proven, effective players like Manny Malhotra (Vancouver) and Matt Cullen (Minnesota) were snapped up on July 1st with $2.5 and $3.5 million deals, respectively, GM Darryl Sutter decided to take a trip down memory lane by securing Olli Jokinen and Alex Tanguay on the same day for $4.7 million total.
Yeah, the same Olli Jokinen that was shipped out of Calgary just a few months before after being labeled as "locker-room poison."
As for Tanguay, his signing was odd not only because this would be his second go-around with the Flames but, as a winger, he was really not what the Flames or Iginla needed to succeed.
Both Malhotra and Cullen are solid centermen that, if paired with Iginla, could become the second half of a powerful scoring duo.
Sutter elected, instead, to bring back Jokinen whom had already proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt that he would not work as a play-making center in Calgary, and is doing it again this season, just for good measure.
Forgetting that the Flames have habitually failed to bring in a suitable center for Iginla to play along side, this most recent waste of free-agent money should represent the death of Iginla's hopes of his team doing it's best to make him and them better.
Iginla is only a 33-year-old, he's still got a few good years left in him.
However, those years are going to go to waste if he continues to spend them in Calgary.
The Flames should trade Iginla?
Forget that, Iginla should demand to leave the Flames.
As he has a no-movement clause, this is the scenario that would likely facilitate one of the dozens of trade rumors becoming fact in the first place.
Iginla wants to win a Stanley Cup, and given his age and the future of the franchise, he's not going to win it in Calgary.
He's suffered through Calgary's shifts in power, leadership and personnel long enough. What he needs to do is turn all this trade talk on its ear and walk into Daryl Sutter's office with a list of teams he'd like to be traded to.
Any number of the teams we've heard of could be a fit, but, to my mind, Iginla to LA for Scott Parse, Brad Richardson, Thomas Hickey and a 2011 first-round pick would be the best for both sides.
Damn, I said I wasn't going to do that didn't I?
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