Jarome Iginla Trades: 10 Places the Star Winger Could Go To Get His Stanley Cup
On April 1, Calgary Flames superstar winger Jarome Iginla tallied his 1,000th career point, but he's still missing the Stanley Cup that he deserves.
What's even more impressive about Iginla's 1,000 points the way he's done it—he started on a Flames team that was terrible, played in the "dead puck era" and has never had one of his linemates make the NHL All-Star Game.
Iginla has led the Flames in scoring in each of last 10 seasons and is the heart of the team in Calgary.
The problem is that, after the last five years of mortgaging the future in unsuccessful attempts to win immediately, the Flames are going downhill with very few good prospects, and Iginla isn't getting any younger.
Iginla will be 34 this summer, and the Flames are at least two years away from being able to contend.
So where can Iggy go to win a Cup? Here are 10 possible places.
Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings have been perennial contenders for so many years that it's hard to imagine them making a splash for a big-name player like Jarome Iginla.
However, with Nicklas Lidstrom nearing the end, they could make one final push for a Stanley Cup next season.
The combination of Valtteri Filppula, Jiri Hudler and picks/prospects going the other way, along with Lidstrom taking a slight pay cut, would make enough cap space for Iginla.
With Iggy, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen, the Red Wings would be ever scarier than they are now.
While the Edmonton Oilers certainly won't come anywhere near Stanley Cup this year, their young core of Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi and Linus Omark form one of the best young groups in the league.
Adding a piece like Jarome Iginla to the mix would really help the younger guys develop, and his veteran leadership is desperately needed.
The Oilers probably wouldn't be ready to win the Cup next season, but the year after that is a definite possibility.
The Carolina Hurricanes already have strength at center, with captain Eric Staal and super-rookie Jeff Skinner, and in net with Conn Smythe-winner Cam Ward.
Where they lack elite skill is on the wings and on defense. Jarome Iginla would go a long way towards solving the first of those problems.
Also, in Carolina, Iggy would finally get to play with a great center.
St. Louis Blues
The St. Louis Blues are still a few pieces away from being legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, but Jarome Iginla would certainly fill one of the holes.
With a talented group of young forwards in Chris Stewart, David Backes, TJ Oshie, Patrick Berglund and others, adding Iggy to the mix would put the Blues forwards on par with some of the best teams in the league.
With Alex Pietrangelo leading the way on the blue line, and Jaroslav "We've Seen What He Can Do In Playoffs" Halak in net, the Blues are building a team to threaten for the Stanley Cup.
Every single Canadian hockey fan remembers the 2010 Olympics, in the gold medal game, when Jarome Iginla slid the puck to Sidney Crosby, who scored the overtime winner!
Putting those two together on a regular basis would be scary for the rest of the league.
Adding to that is how good the Penguins' depth has proven to be this year, without the likes of Crosby or Evgeni Malkin for an extended period of time.
Pittsburgh's defense and goaltending are both very good, and adding Iginla to the offense would certainly make the Penguins contenders, if not favorites. Cap-wise, the only way that this trade could realistically happen is if Evgeni Malkin was traded.
New York Islanders
Ridicule this selection if you must, but the New York Islanders are finally building a respectable team that's getting close to contention.
John Tavares, Blake Comeau, Kyle Okposo, Michael Grabner, Josh Bailey and Matt Moulson form a solid group of constantly improving forwards. Adding Jarome Iginla to the group would create a very good top six.
On defense, Travis Hamonic and Andrew MacDonald are emerging as very reliable defensemen, and Mark Strait should return next year after missing all of this season with an injury.
The Islanders' biggest problem lies in net, where ultra-breakable Rick DiPietro still has 10 years left on his monstrous contract. Al Montoya has been a good pickup for them this season, but it remains to be seen if he's the long-term solution.
If the Isles can solve the goaltending problem, and top prospects like Nino Niederreiter and Calvin de Haan pan out, the Isles should be ready to contend in about two years.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Can you imagine a group of forwards built around Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Jarome Iginla?
Add Victor Hedman on the back end, and the Lightning would have all the elite talent they need. Considering the market for goaltenders this summer, they should be able to shore up that major problem too.
The Lightning have plenty of cap space as well.
The Washington Capitals are about to win the Southeast Division for the fourth straight season, but their lack of playoff success thus far has been surprising.
It's thought to be partly because of the lack of veteran leadership, which is a problem that Iginla would be ideal to solve.
Iggy has won the Mark Messier Leadership Award, and is widely considered one of the top leaders in the NHL.
Also, a top line of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Jarome Iginla would be virtually impossible to stop.
Los Angeles Kings
Throughout the season, there was speculation that the Los Angeles Kings were interested in acquiring Jarome Iginla, and it makes perfect sense.
Iginla would be a great fit with the Kings and would elevate them to definite contenders.
With Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty, the Kings have a fantastic young core to build around, and Jarome Iginla could be the piece that puts them over the top.
The Philadelphia Flyers are already considered one of the Stanley Cup favorites, but Jarome Iginla could be the difference.
Iginla would be a great complement to the Flyers' strength at center, giving one of Mike Richards, Claude Giroux, Jeff Carter or Danny Briere a superstar winger.
Philadelphia would have to clear a large amount of cap space to add Iginla, so it's not all that realistic, but Iggy would be a great fit in Philly.