Iggy talk clause for concern

No telling if captain would ever agree to be dealt

Mats Sundin screwed the Toronto Maple Leafs.

If, or when, the time ever comes for Jarome Iginla to make a decision regarding the franchise he loves, we’ll find out where his loyalty lies.

If ownership, via the GM, ever asks the Calgary Flames captain to waive his no-movement clause to help the club potentially find the next Iginla-like prospect, doing the right thing might come easier to the local nice guy than it did Sundin.

Leaving the Leafs after his contract expired later that year rather than when they asked him to go elsewhere at the

2008 trade deadline to help them rebuild, Sundin chose to cling to his no-deal clause and stick around. Convenient.

For him and his family, maybe. But he could have helped out the club he considered family and still returned as a free agent the next year.

He joined the Vancouver Canucks instead and became the rental player he swore he never wanted to become.

For every Steve Yzerman or Joe Sakic, there are dozens more longtime NHL stars who were traded in an effort to improve.

Talk used to centre around the idea Iginla would be a Flame for life. That was before the team missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons.

Forced to look deep into the system, people are realizing the cupboards are pretty bare when it comes to prospects.

Turning 33 this summer, Iginla doesn’t have more than a few years of productivity left. At best.

And it doesn’t matter that he’s one, of if not the most fit, athlete in that locker-room every fall — age eventually becomes a factor in performance.