At age 34, Jarome Iginla isn't getting any younger. Arguably the greatest player in Calgary Flames history, Iginla has served the Flames royally his entire career.
Iginla has amassed an outstanding 484 goals and 1,006 points in 1,106 career games over 14 NHL seasons. He has also remarkably scored at least 30 goals each of the last 10 seasons.
"Iggy" is currently at 491 goals, after having scored seven in 22 games thus far.
Over the last seven seasons, the Calgary Flames have won at least 40 games but only made the playoffs one of those years—2004, when they made a magical run to the Stanley Cup Finals.
They ultimately lost in a dramatic seven-game series to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Jarome Iginla is one of the game's true warriors, with a willing attitude to do whatever it takes to win, whether it means dropping the gloves, sacrificing the body or igniting the offense.
In March 2000, Ray Bourque was traded by Boston Bruins GM Harry Sinden to the Colorado Avalanche, an Earth-shaking trade. The Bruins were struggling badly, with little-to-no expectations to make the playoffs.
So Bourque requested a trade, which Sinden was more than willing to comply with.
The Avs advanced to the Conference Finals that spring, but the next season, Bourque's dreams would become a reality, as he won his first and only elusive Stanley Cup.
Iginla deserves the same chance. He's served the city and the team very well. Calgary should realize that and give Iginla a chance to achieve his boyhood dream.
While the asking price may be high, there's a plethora of teams that would love to have his services en route to the playoffs.