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NHL Trade Speculation: Seven Destinations for Jarome Iginla

Tom SchreierCorrespondent IJune 18, 2016

NHL Trade Speculation: Seven Destinations for Jarome Iginla

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    Jarome Iginla has been the face of the Calgary Flames since joining them in a draft-day trade in 1995.

    He excited the electric Saddledome crowd when led the team to the Finals in 2004 and was monumental in the team's late-season playoff push despite the team's front office troubles.

    However, the Flames have the league's third-highest payroll due to excessive spending by former GM Darryl Sutter.

    In order to shed salary and start a youth movement in Alberta, the Flames may look to deal Iginla, who has two years left on his contract that have a cap hit of $7 million per year.

    The following are seven suitable destinations for the forward next year.

    All numbers provided by CapGeek.com.

New Jersey Devils

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    2011-12 projected cap room: $7,222,500

    Players signed: 17

    The Devils have a higher payroll than the Sharks, Blackhawks, and Kings, but appear to be all-in after signing Ilya Kovalchuk to a blockbuster deal last season.

    Adding Jarome Iginla may give them the boost needed to build off their strong finish this season.

Phoenix Coyotes

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    2011-12 projected cap room: $29,631,250

    Players signed: 13

    The Coyotes have a lot of cap room to wiggle around with and were willing to spend on aging forward Ray Whitney last season.

    However, Iginla may be worth more than the bankrupt 'Yotes can afford.

    His cap hit of $7 million is just shy of the amount Phoenix spent on both Whitney and captain Shane Doan last year.

Boston Bruins

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    2011-12 projected cap room: $7,197,024

    Players signed: 18

    The Bruins have most of their roster set for next season.

    However, with just enough room to squeeze Iginla in (with a player traded or two) Boston may be looking for a quick-fix -- especially if they are eliminated in the first round this season.

Toronto Maple Leafs

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    2011-12 projected cap room: $21,210,000

    Players signed: 14

    There are many Leafers who demand a big-name acquisition in the offseason and bringing Iginla to Toronto may win GM Brian Burke some gratitude with his fanbase.

    While quick fixes are ill-advised for a Leafs team that needs time to gel, Iginla is a great leader and still productive late in his career.

Washington Capitals

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    2011-12 projected cap room: $8,503,205

    Players signed: 18

    Depending on how veteran acquisitions Scott Hannan and Jason Arnott help this team in the playoffs, the Caps may be willing to pony up for Iginla in the offseason.

    Iginla would add scoring depth and a great locker room presence in Washington.

Anaheim Ducks

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    2011-12 projected cap room: $9,629,167

    Players signed: 17

    The Ducks have ample cap space for Iginla and the Teemu Selanne era (and Saku Koivu tenure) in the OC is closing quickly.

    Iginla would tie some loose ends for the team and allow the franchise to capitalize on the recognition they are getting in the playoffs this season.

Dallas Stars

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    2011-12 projected cap room: $20,728,333

    Players signed: 17

    If Brad Richards leaves Dallas in free agency, the Stars may look to add Iginla in the offseason.

    His price tag is $8,000 smaller and it would bring the superstar back to the franchise that originally drafted him in 1995.

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