Iginla says he would consider leaving team, if Flames ask

By Vicki Hall, Calgary Herald

Jarome Iginla says he would consider waiving his no-trade clause should the Calgary Flames ask him to consider changing teams.

“If they don’t want me here and they want to move in a direction or rebuild or believed they could do better, I would look at it,” the Calgary Flames captain said Wednesday as the players packed up their belongings at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

“Absolutely. You want to play where you’re wanted and have people believe in you.”

But Iginla went to great pains to emphasize that he wants to return to the Flames next season.

The face of the franchise believes the Flames — with the addition of a creative forward or two — can bounce back from the indignity of failing to make the playoffs for the first time in seven years.

The Edmonton native broke into the National Hockey League 14 years ago with the Flames. For the first time Wednesday, he publicly conceded he might not finish his career in the city where it all began.

“Obviously, they have decisions to make,” Iginla said of ownership and management. “If they want me here, yeah, I do want to be here.

“Again, it’s not because it’s just easy or it’s comfortable. I want to win. I want to win, and there’s only so many years. The years go by fast. I believe with some adjustments, we can be a lot better team this year.”

Iginla’s future area code is the hot topic around town given the sorry state of the about-to-be-golfing Flames. The captain turns 33 this summer, and the Flames are sorely lacking in blue-chip prospects.

Even in an off-year by his lofty standards, Iginla scored 32 goals and 69 points through 82 games.


31 Responses to Iginla says he would consider leaving team, if Flames ask

  1. reinjosh says:

    He also did say that he thought the Flames were a skilled forward or two away from competing.

  2. mojo19 says:

    I would say that they are for sure. They underachieved this year and didn't have a lot of finish up front. A couple creative forwards could make a huge difference.

  3. mojo19 says:

    First off, I love this guy. I would like to see him stay with Calgary his whole career and win the cup with the Flames. Stevie Y's first cup came at age 32. Iginla is getting past that and the Flames are maybe going the wrong way, but I don't think they're that far away, they've got some great pieces in place with Kipper, Jay-Bo, Iggy, and a few really good support guys.

    That being said, if he is traded, I hope its to a real power house like Chicago or Washington or something. Although with the salary cap that doesn't really make sense probably. Maybe Pittsburgh in a move for Jordan Staal + ???

  4. reinjosh says:

    Yeah, I agree whole heartily. I think a lot of people are being a little too hasty to call them complete failures this season. They did underachieve for most of the season, but at the same time, there were times when they were completely dominant. They just need to add some forwards to help Iggy out and they are good.

    That being said, he is the type of player to do what is best for his team. If that is accepting a trade to a contender, he will do it if the team asks. He won't screw them like Sundin. If he is traded though, it will be for a good little package, including at least a player who can one day replace him, like Staal as you mentioned.

  5. simplyhabby says:

    What a retarded headline.  Of course he would leave if he was asked. What would he do, say it's my party and I cry if I want too?

    None the less, as Mojo said in a previous post, if he is traded, it should be to a contender.  No one truly deserves a cup as it is earned but like the great players in history, this icon deserves the chance to earn one.

  6. reinjosh says:

    well he could refuse to drop his NTC like Sundin would, effectively screwing his respective team…

  7. albertateams says:

    I would like to see St. Louis playing with Iginla.

    Flames: St. Louis
    Lightning:Langkow, Nemizs, Moss, 1st (2011)

    Flames: Johnson
    LA: Sairch, Dawes, 3rd

    Resign: Higgins, Nystrom, Mayers
    Sign: Malhotra 1 yr 1.5

    St Louis(5.25) Backlund(1.3) Iginla(7)
    Hagman(3) Stajan(3.5) Bourque(3.3)
    Higgins(1) Malhotra (1.5) Kotalik(3)
    Glencross(1.2) Nystrom(1) Mayers(1)

    J-Bo(6.7) Johnson (1.4)
    White(3.5) Regher(4)
    Giordano(.89) Staios(2.7)


    It gives JI a play maker and Backlund a fantastic opportunity to play between to great wingers.

  8. pezzz123 says:

    Trade scenarios

    To Atlanta : Jarome Iginla, Robyn Regehr

    To Calgary : Tobias Enstrom, Nik Antropov, Bryan Little, Carl Klingberg

    To Boston : Jarome Iginla

    To Calgary : Blake Wheeler, Michael Ryder, Joe Colbourne, Boston's 1rst rounder 2010

    To Buffalo : Jarome Iginla, Ian White

    To Calgary : Derek Roy, Drew Stafford, Jonas Enroth, Buffalo's 1rst rounder 2010

    To Florida: Jarome Iginla, Cory Sarich

    To Calgary : Nathan Horton, Cory Stillman, Keaton Ellerby, Michal Repik, Florida's 1rst rounder 2010

    To Los Angeles : Jarome Iginla, Robyn Regehr

    To Calgary : Justin Williams, Jack Johnson, Oscar Moller, Andrei Loktionov, Vyacheslav Voinov

    To New York Rangers : Jarome Iginla, Ian White

    To Calgary : Michal Roszival, Brandon Dubinsky, Evgeny Grachev, Derek Stepan, New York's 1rst rounder 2010

    To St. Louis : Jarome Iginla

    To Calgary : Brad Boyes, Patrick Berglund, T.J. Oshie

  9. number15 says:

    The Flames were a big let down but it could have been worse. They got solid goaltending all season from Kippersof. If they didnt they would be compete for the top of the draft lotto.

    ……….. their problem is coaching though. I think they have a decent roster. with some additions, some subtractions, and a new coach they can avoid the rebuild next season.

    though Iginla's trade value is likely to decrease every season from now on in…. he is a super star, but not that same dominate Iginla from a while back

  10. mojo19 says:

    The key difference is that Iginla is 34 with many years left on his deal and many years of hockey left in him, Mats was 37 and pondering retirement.

  11. mojo19 says:

    errrrr……. sorry buddy but that trade sucks for the Bolts. I think Nemizs is a really good prospect with some definite potential, and Moss is a good young player (I don't see him becoming a star but I think he's a quality guy), but Langkow would be a $4.5 million 3rd line centre on a team that desperately needs to save on cap space. That would be a deal breaker, and the other components are not enough to land St.Louis in my opinion.

  12. mojo19 says:

    Oh wow, some of these are really good deals! Nice job.

    Boyes, Berglund, and Oshie though!? Wow that's a ton but I think it should take this much talent to land a player of Iginla's calibre/stature. If he is traded they better get a fat package back. Honestly, Iginla is a top 5 player of his generation.

  13. mojo19 says:

    His trade value will continue to decrease, that's definitely true, but that being said he still is a player who can lead the way to a Stanley Cup with the right supporting cast, so the Flames kind of have to make a decision as to whether Iggy should be traded or if they should go for it right now.

    Seriously I would love to see Calgary look to take a couple risks on guys coming off bad years, and older vets, to try to get a bargain player. Look at Vinny Prospal's numbers in New York this year for a little over a mil, and Max Afinogenov's numbers with Atlanta for less than a mil. These are the types of guys Calgary should be looking at.

    For example:

    Slava Kozlov, in has last 4 years his point totals have been 71, 80, 41, 76. So 3 out of 4 years he posted great numbers and was a top 30 scorer in the league, and then this past season he dipped to 26 points in 55 games. This could be a chance to get him at a really cheap price and he could be a bargain and post 70+ points.

    Paul Kariya posted just 43 points this year. He's still a "name" so could command a decent amout of money ($2-3 million?) but could still be a value and put up 20+ goals and 50 or 60 points.

    Pavol Demitra – since the lockout this guy has been consistantly around 60 points, but coming off a year where he was hurt and now 35 years old, the contract he signs this summer could be significantly less than what he's used to (maybe $2-3 million range).

    Ray Whitney, still such an awesome hockey player he makes so much happen out there. This will be his last contract and he reportedly asked the LA Kings for a 2 year $7 million deal before rejecting the trade to LA. For $3.5 million cap hit, the Flames could have a guy who could easily put up 70+ points.

  14. number15 says:


    – Jerome Iginla
    – 1st rounder (2010)


    – Tyler Bozak
    – Luke Schenn
    – Jones Gustavvson
    – 3rd rounder


    Calgary stocks up on youn taent while Toronto becomes a threat next season…. plus Burke not only regains the 1st rounder, but its a high pick

    *** Leafs basically end the rebuild and try to win now….. i know they did last offseason and fail, but now they would have a true star plus a pick

  15. pezzz123 says:

    Calgary doesn't have a 1rst rounder this year.

    And this is an awful trade for the Flames.

  16. albertateams says:

    Really, essentially 2 firsts and a solid young forward for a 35 year old with only one more year on his contract and who probably won't resign in Tampa.  

    Tampa only has 4 roster forwards under contract  for next year they have enough cap space. Langkows over paid but only by 1-1.5 million and only has two years left on it.
  17. cam7777 says:

    it's even worse for the Leafs.  I wouldn't even consider it.

  18. cam7777 says:

    BUT, he's 32.  you have to able to trade for him, and still have the talent left over to surround him with good guys, because he has shown he can't do it all by himself anymore.

    That St.Louis deal isn't that enormous.  Brad Boyes sucks. 

  19. cam7777 says:

    To SJS: Langkow, Backlund, Nemisz, Pardy, 2nd in 2011
    To CGY: Thornton
    (you're paying not only for Thornton, but to dump Langkow)

    To LAK: Sarich, Dawes, 1st in 2011
    To CGY: J.Johnson, Moller

    -sign Malhotra, 4 years, 7 million (1.75 cap hit)

    -resign Higgins, 2 years, 3 million (1.5 cap hit)
    -resign Toskala, 1 year, 1 million
    -resign Mayers, 1 year, 1 million
    -resign Nystrom, 2 years, 1.85 million (0.925 cap hit)
    -resign Ian White, 4 years, 14 million (3.5 cap hit)

    -waive Steve Staios

    Higgins – Thornton – Iginla
    Hagman – Stajan – Bourque
    Glencross – Moller – Moss
    Nystrom – Malhotra – Mayers

    Bouwmeester – Johnson
    Regehr – White
    Giordano – Kronwall

    Kipprusoff – Toskala

    Problems solved.  Cannons and defensively responsibilty on the back-end.  Kipper and Toskala in net.  A center for Iginla.  A solid mix of role-players and secondary scorers.  Higgins is the only real roster question mark.  Of course, all of this comes at the expense of prospect depth and picks.  BUT, the team is set well enough that they should be able to survive until they have a full draft again in 2012.

  20. mojo19 says:

    No way. Every time I watch St.Louis play Boyes is a stand out. Berglund was a 20 goal, 50 point rookie, and Oshie is possibly the best of the three.

  21. mojo19 says:

    Doesn't make sense either way.

  22. Redwings3019 says:

    If a St. Louis trade happens its going to be with Montreal. The basics of the trade would be St. Louis for Gionta. Its a swap of RW with almost identical cap hit. Montreal has been the center of all St. Louis/Lecavalier trade rumors and seeing how Gionta underperformed this year (granted he missed about 20 games) and how St. Louis did well this is what the trade will be.

    Montreal's cap issues arent pushed further, infact it helps by giving them a shorter contract to deal with.

    Tampa Bay gets a similar small, quick RW to put with Stamkos that is 3-4 years younger than St. Louis. He is locked up several years, long enough to have Stamkos fully grow into the franchise player. There would probably be prospects or draft picks involved as well but nothing too big.

    Calgary needs to either trade Regehr or Bouwmeester. They dont need so many defencemen on this team, with White now there they can let one of these go. I personally dont like either of these players but they both hold high market values.

    If they are keeping Iginla, which is the right move, this is the trade they need to look at. With Kipper in net they can do without so much focus on the blue line. They need a power forward center so Iginla doesnt have to be the one going into the corner, hes not going to score from there…

  23. pezzz123 says:

    If Thornton chokes again in this year's playoffs, I'm not even considering trading for him. If they ask for Langkow + Nemisz + Pardy, ok why not. But I'll never move Backlund for him. The kid's gonna be as good as Big Joe in 2-3 years.

    And if Thornton performs in the playoffs and San Jose wins the Cup, he'll stay in SJ. So it's not even worth discussing it.

  24. albertateams says:

    I agree its more likely St Louis goes to Montreal just would like to see him play with Iginla. I doubt Tampa is interested in Gionta he might be part of the deal to balance salary but picks / and prospects will be the focal point  for Tampa. I t wouldn't surprise me at all if they moved Lecavilier in the offseason but that contract is just a nightmare.

    I would like to keep Calgary's defense pretty much intact. They do need to offload a little salary though so. Maybe Sarich I would prefer Staios but he has no value. Forwards they need to get rid of one of Langkow or Kotalik. I love Langkow but $4.5 is too much. Kotalik is so frustrating some nights you see the talent then the next night he is invisible or a detriment.

  25. albertateams says:

    I agree you don't move Backlund. I absolutely loved the way he played the last 10 games of the year. If we could get a play maker on the top line with Iginla and Backlund.

    XXXXX Backlund Iginla
    Hagman Stajan Bourque

    It really sucks that we missed the playoffs but I think if we add 1 key forward in the offseason we should be able to rebound the existing core should be given one more shot and then if they can't make some noise in the playoffs next year then you start rebuilding. We do need to unload a couple of contracts in Langkow, Kotalik or Staios.

  26. Redwings3019 says:

    Montreal needs to resign a few key players this offseason so the only way for this trade to be done is if it involves a 5+ million player from their roster as well.

    Gionta is really  the only option for Montreal because he would be replaced by St. Louis in the trade. Plus Tampa Bay probably wants to keep the St. Louis/Stamkos production as best as possible and if St. Louis leaves Gionta is probably the closest fit they can get. What prospects/picks are involved in this trade would determine if it actually goes through. Im not 100% on who each team has for prospects so I cant guess who would be part of it.

    With White, Staios, Bouwmeester, Regehr, Pardy, Sarich, Giordano, and Seabrook coming up its too much. They need to move atleast two of these guys, the highest return would be in Bouwmeester and Regehr. Im not too sure how Seabrook is coming but I dont think they want to move him. They can turn Bouwmeester into a top line center from a couple teams and Regehr into a top 6 forward. Staios is harder to judge…

    I live in Calgary but Im not a Flames fan so this is more of an inside outsider look at the team. They need some solid top 6 forwards for this team to actually compete. If you look at Vancouver they arent that great on the blueline because they have Luongo. Kipper can handle loosing some of these guys, and if you get the right top 6 forwards you probably wont even notice they are missing.

  27. futurebruin says:

    I don't like the idea of giving up Colborne.  I'd love to say give them Hamill but he's at the end of his second year and he's just getting called up now as a black ace.  Maybe, instead of Colborne, you could say we'll give you Krejci?

  28. cam7777 says:

    Boyes is a massive defensive liability though.  When he was really succeeding in St.Louis, he was potting all his points on PP (51 points last year on the PP).   Of course, even with all those points, he was a minus 20, on an otherwise solid defensive team.  This year, they cut his ice-time significantly, put him out for the PP mostly, and eventually, he ended up on the trade block at the deadline (according to Andy Strickland).

    Boyes and Berglund are both whipping boys in St.Louis.  Berglund was playing less then 10 minutes per game down the stretch this year, and averaged only 13 all year.  It's rumored that he is one of the few Mason was calling out when he said the team wasn't trying hard in front of him.  So both are definitely guys that management are looking to move.

    Both have their uses, and I would probably take them.  It's just that I think they could both be had pretty cheap, and without including Iginla.  Of course, Oshie is another story – they are completely in love with him in St.Louis, and any trade involving him would have to start with Iginla.  It's rumored they wouldn't move him for Pronger or Kovalchuk though, so I doubt it.

    I think the idea of targeting Jordan Staal with Iginla is a great idea though, mostly because it is also very respectful of Iginla, allowing him to finish his career next to the league's best player.

  29. mojo19 says:

    Berglund definitely felt the sophomore slump but he was a late first rounder and is still really young. I think if the deal was for Iginla he could be moved, or another high calibre guy but I don't think they'd just trade him because of his weak 2nd season. JD is a smart man.

    Boyes was hands down the best player on the Blues last year in their sweep by Vancouver in the playoffs. I picked Tkachuk in my pool last year, and even down 0-2 in the series I still thought StLouis would come back and win and I still had wished I'd picked Boyes. He's so good for so many reasons. If he is on the block I hope we can get him back in Toronto.

  30. gregmash_Leafs says:

    Yeah they don't need another aweful trade!

  31. cam7777 says:

    Yea, berglund was a bit of an attitude issue though, or that was the impression I got.  I could see him being swapped for more NHL ready player just for that reason.  If he's not working out in the dressing room, or with the coaches or what have you, then you have to look at moving him.  Wouldn't mind prying around there, and see if they'd be interested in Grabovski, or whatever we have.  As long as it's not too costly.

    I don't see it with Boyes, but I'll take your word for it.  I've read a lot of Boyes bashing on some other sites whenever he's suggested for a Leafs trade.  I guess I need to watch more of Brad Boyes.

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