Okay before you go tearing my head off over this (Flames fans I'm looking at you...) at least give me the courtesy of explaining myself.
The Flames are quickly headed in the direction of the Edmonton Oilers... down like a lead-filled stone, or like Domink Hasek when someone skated within three feet of his crease. If they want to prevent being forced into a full-blown rebuild, they're going to have to find a way to balance this lineup. They're weak defensively, and beyond Iginla, their offense doesn't boast all that much either (Alex Tanguay was second in goals with only 22).
It's difficult to imagine trading a way a guy who has scored at least 30 goals in each of the past 11 seasons (including 43 last year) as being the solution to solving offensive problems, but here's his kicker: he's making a hefty $7 million in salary cap.
I'm not arguing that this is money gone to waste (in fact far from it), but Iginla is expensive and holds a ton of trade value to a team looking for a first-line forward.
Look at it this way: were the Flames to offer him to a team like the Los Angeles Kings (who have both cap space and young talented assets the Flames would be looking for), they could ask for an exchange like both Drew Doughty and Wayne Simmonds in return.
Getting a 21-year-old kid who's already been nominated for a Norris Trophy and a brilliant young power forward with a lot of budding potential while still clearing up cap space to possibly acquire even further players this offseason will no doubt add to the Flames overall talent.
And even better is the Flames will no longer be reliant on just one player for offensive production. They'll be able to add depth, add talent, and become an overall better team that would have a very realistic shot at a return to the playoffs next year, and perhaps even more importantly, avoid a rebuild.
Plus if you look at it this way, if the Flames are forced into a rebuild, the fattest contracts are usually the first ones to go, so he would probably be traded away then anyway for far less value than what he's actually worth were the Flames to trade him now.
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