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.
Imagine a line consisting of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Jarome Iginla. Instantly, that line would become the most dangerous in the league.
With Dale Hunter behind the bench now, perhaps shipping off Alexander Semin in a packaged deal involving Iginla coming to Washington D.C. would appease his gritty, hard-nosed style, not to mention adding some dynamic leadership and offense.
The St. Louis Blues are sitting in the Western Conference's fifth place, and although they acquired veterans Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner in the offseason, Jarome Iginla would increase the Blues' offense tenfold.
Jarome Iginla going to the Pittsburgh Penguins would provide a huge boost going forward.
Sidney Crosby would get a high-scoring right winger that he's always wanted. And he's been doing just fine without him. Just wonder what he would do with such a winger like Iginla.
Though Philadelphia Flyers scoring threat Claude Giroux is tearing it up right now, he recently lost a big compliment on his wing, Jaromir Jagr.
Jagr, 39, has a history of injuries, unfortunately. There's no telling that, even when he comes back, if he will consistently stay healthy. The Flyers could use a leader and scorer like Iginla, especially with Chris Pronger out on the back end as well.
The defending Stanley Cup champions are back after a very slow start to the 2011-12 season. They are now only one point back in the Northeast Division behind the Toronto Maple Leafs after a great 10-game winning streak.
If Iginla wants a Stanley Cup, and the Bruins want him, then a deal can surely be struck. The Bruins have tons of talent to ship over to Calgary. It's just a matter of satisfying both sides effectively.
The Florida Panthers might just be the best surprise of the young NHL season so far, sitting atop the Southeast Division.
They may be unlikely to give up some young prospects, as GM Dale Tallon will look to build his franchise through drafting, much like he did in Chicago.
However, the Panthers could use Iginla to solidify their position and help them continue on towards the playoffs.
The Panthers may be quite a stretch, given their playoff drought, but with the way they're playing so far, adding Iginla could make them a Cinderella favorite that would only be stronger next season.
With the Buffalo Sabres' bolstered blue line, they seemed to have all the right tools in place to make a solid run this year.
But with big offseason acquisition Ville Leino not playing up to expectations and a heap of injuries, the Sabres are struggling. They are still seventh in the Eastern Conference.
To help satisfy the injury situation, as well as add some veteran leadership, Buffalo could use the services of a warrior like Jarome Iginla.
Although the Los Angeles Kings are also in the Western Conference, Jarome Iginla could be a nice fit there on the west coast.
The Kings don't really have a high-scoring threat on the wing right now, and Iginla could be just that guy.
His character and talent could be a huge asset on and off the ice for a Kings squad that also just acquired ex-captain Mike Richards from the Philadelphia Flyers.
Toronto's top line of Joffrey Lupul, Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak is playing some phenomenal hockey right now. There's no denying that.
However, for one of the league's younger squads, adding a player like Jarome Iginla would do wonders not only off the ice, but also on the ice.
Many didn't expect Toronto to be sitting in second place in the East right now, including the team themselves probably, though they'd never admit it.
To keep playing at such a high level, they could use a player who's as hungry as ever to win a Stanley Cup like Iginla.
The Detroit Red Wings have consistently been one of the league's top teams over the last two decades, having made the playoffs for 20 straight seasons.
If Iginla truly wanted to win a Stanley Cup, this is one team he can't go wrong with.
The Red Wings are a world class organization. And with Iginla being only 34, Detroit would get at least four seasons out of him, leaving plenty of time to develop more prospects should they decide to ship some off to Calgary in that exchange.