NHL Trade Scenarios: 6 Teams That Would Still Love to Deal for Jarome Iginla
Since 1996, Jarome Iginla has never played in few than 70 games in a season, has scored over 80 points five times, piled up over 1,000 career points, and never dawned anything but a Calgary Flames sweater. Despite all of that, the Flames' captain has seen his name surface in trade rumors over the past year.
Iginla, now 34 years old, has never won a Stanley Cup in his career, and with Calgary heading towards a rebuilding process, his best chance to win one could be elsewhere. Meanwhile, Iginla is an older player that does not necessarily fit into Calgary's long-term plans. They may be wise to deal him while his value is still high.
The market for Iginla would likely be quite an active one. The stud winger is coming off of an 86-point season and is showing no signs of cooling down. He has shown amazing durability throughout his career and would be a tremendous asset to a playoff contender.
Here are the six most likely suitors for Jarome Iginla. These are all speculative and there is no confirmation that the team is even looking to deal its franchise player.
Iginla would instantly fill Selanne's shoes as an experienced and productive winger to provide some scoring punch after the big three on the first line. He and Selanne do not play similar styles, but it's the production Anaheim will be craving. The Ducks could be Cup contenders, but losing Selanne would hurt their chances, so an immediate replacement would be ideal.
Imagine if the Nashville Predators could put the puck in the net. The Preds are as sound defensively as any team in the NHL, but when it comes to scoring the team is suspect at best.
Nashville is just barely above the cap floor after the signing of Shea Weber, so cap space is far from an issue with this club, and they certainly have the prospects to swing a deal with the rebuilding Flames. Iginla's potential impact on the team goes without saying. If Nashville is willing to break the bank a bit, getting a guy like Iginla would be the way to do it.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Whenever a big trade is being discussed, the Toronto Maple Leafs always seem to be involved in the bidding. Jarome Iginla would make an outstanding addition to the Leafs, who have little in the way of established offensive fire power outside of Phil Kessel and the recently acquired Tim Connolly.
The cap room and prospects are there, but is Jarome Iginla the missing piece to the playoff puzzle?
This may seem a bit crazy, and it is unlikely to actually happen, but the Boston Bruins and Jarome Iginla would be a match made in heaven. Despite winning the 2011 Stanley Cup, the Bruins are still in need of an elite scorer, particularly on the wing. Iginla would provide that and get to play for a Cup contender.
Meanwhile, Iginla brings the toughness that the Bruins tend to look for in their players. The Bruins have cap space and some prospects; it is just a question of whether or not they are willing to part with them.
I know, why would the Flames trade their franchise player to their biggest rival? Well, considering the fact that the Leafs and Bruins make dealings all the time and plenty of other inter-division swapping goes on, that may not be as big of a deal as some people want to make it out to be.
Meanwhile, Iginla would be an excellent fit alongside some younger developing players. The Oilers may not be ready to contend just yet, but Iginla isn't exactly ready for retirement either. He has 3-5 productive years left in him, and Edmonton could very well make a run at the Cup during that time frame.
St. Louis Blues
The St. Louis Blues, like the Toronto Maple Leafs, appear to be on the brink of playoff contention. A guy like Jarome Iginla can take any team to the next level.
Considering the team is likely set on the blueline with a pair of stud young defensemen, the Blues would be wise to consider a threat that could take their offense to the next level. Iginla would fit nicely under the cap and on the team's top scoring line.