Is there a market for Iginla?

I don’t see a big market for Iginla if only because of his $7-million salary next season and most of the contenders are close to the salary cap or maxed out.

Iginla, who is 10 goals from scoring 500 in his career, also has a no-trade clause in his contract and won’t play on a bottom-feeder like the Islanders or another team that has lots of cap room.

I wonder if new Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi, who owns 50 per cent of the Western Hockey League’s Kamloops Blazers along with Iginla, Mark Recchi, Shane Doan and Darryl Sydor, could swing something? Or are the Stars not good enough to tweak Iggy’s interest because he has never won a Cup.

Whoever wants Iggy would be telling Calgary management that they have to take his salary back, even for the rest of the season, along with two good prospects. I see the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers as best bets, just as they’d be front-runners for Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

43 Responses to Is there a market for Iginla?

  1. mojo19 says:

    Iginla is one of the greatest players of his generation. Send this guy to a contender.

    If they could make cap space work I would love to see a trade (for Iginla's sake, not as a Leafs fan) to the Penguins. Maybe Jordan Staal ($4 mil) could be part of the package coming back to Calgary.

    Along with the cap space saved from Crosby's time on IR, I believe this trade would work, with Staal being the only roster player flipping sides from Pittsburgh (along with a 1st and prospect/prospects), but the trade would have to happen a bit later in the year once some more $$$ flips to the other side of the ledger.

  2. albertateams says:

    I doubt Pittsburgh moves Staal but a deal like that Calgary would have to take or at least present to Iginla. I think a deal with Washington would work with Semin + coming back. Would love to get the Avalanches first rounder coming back but I doubt Washington moves it.

  3. Steven_Leafs says:

    Iginla for Semin, 2012 1st (COL), 2012 1st (WSH)

    If Semin fails to sign an extension before the trade deadline then flip him for a solid prospect and another 1st.


    1) Semin for Hamill, 2012 1st (BOS)

    2) Semin for Beach, 2012 1st (CHI)

    This gives Calgary 4 1st round picks in a very good draft, (one of which is top 3 & one is top 10) although personally I would prefer a young potential top 3 guy over all those picks.

  4. MystifoLeafs says:

    if a top 3 pick is Grigorenko then your doing pretty damn good.

  5. dumbassdoorman says:

    If they were smart and were going to trade him to Wash, then they need to nail it

    Wash – Iggy & 1st

    Cgy-Kuznetsov, Holtby and a 1st

    Wash needs a player like Iggy more then they know, and Hunter would flip to get a more talented version of himself

  6. HockeyThoughts says:

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again, BOSTON. He would add scoring, help the PP, and maybe win a Cup. They have 3 mil in space right now, they won't need much more than that at the deadline, and they could send salary back the other way. I'm a Habs fan and I'd even be ok with them winning with Iggy : )

  7. Boston_Bruins says:

    I agree but would be hesitant to make a move right now, especially since we just won a Cup. i'd prefer to pick up a depth winger and a depth defencemen at the deadline and save our top prospects (not to mention Calgary would be looking for a top 6 forward in there too). 

    And we'd have more cap space with Savard on the LTIR.
  8. Steven_Leafs says:

    I would love to see Iginla in Boston but I get the feeling that Boston just doesn't have the pieces necessary to get Iginla. They obviously wont send Calgary Seguin so the only thing left that I can think of is:

    To Boston:

    Jarome Iginla

    To Calgary:

    Dougie Hamilton
    Jordan Caron
    2012 1st (BOS)
    2012 3rd (BOS)
    2013 1st (BOS)

    Might be a little too much but I think it would be the only way Boston peels Iginla off of Calgary.

  9. Steven_Leafs says:

    I cannot see Calgary giving up Iginla and their 1st which would be guaranteed top 5. Maybe if it was Kuznetsov, Holtby and COL's 1st for Iginla straight up they would do it.

  10. dumbassdoorman says:

    lol…i actually think they might….but who knows, kuz is as good or better then most of the top 5 this year, plus they would be able to trade Kipper and BAM instant rebuild

  11. dumbassdoorman says:

    If I was Cgy I would ask for rask, hamilton and a 2nd

  12. Steven_Leafs says:

    I have to disagree, if Calgary does cave in and trade Iginla and Kipper then there is no way they move that 1st round pick. It's counter-productive. I also think Calgary is getting completely ripped off in your offer. If Iginla does go, Calgary is going to make sure they get maximum value.

  13. Steven_Leafs says:

    Can't see Boston moving Rask but I really like that offer better than mine.

    Actually if we change the deal to:

    To Calgary:

    2012 1st

    To Boston:

    Karlsson or Irving

    Boston might just do that. Even with the goalie back though I still can't see them moving Rask. lol.

  14. Boston_Bruins says:

    If that went through, I don't even know what the lines would be. You might see Seguin back at center if that happens.

    Kelly-Seguin-Iginla (possible connection, with a defensive presence)
    Marchand-Bergeron-Peverley (played together before, checking line)
    Lucic-Krejci-Horton (no need to break them up)
    Paille-Campbell-Thornton (best 4th line in the league?)
    As for Rask, I'd think Boston would do everything they could to not include him. Thomas/Rask is the best tandem in the NHL, but I think Boston probably has the worst depth in the league when it comes to looking at third goalies-on.
  15. Steven_Leafs says:

    Yeah they definitely should try everything they can to keep Thomas/Rask together. That lineup just looks deadly, Kelly kind of seems out of place on the first line but not bad never-the-less.

  16. Boston_Bruins says:

    He's been one of their better players, but yeah, he's no first line player. I think he'd bring a really good defensive presence to that pair though, and could take the draws as Seguin has struggled on faceoffs this year.

  17. dumbassdoorman says:

    Well if you wanna keep Rask, you go horton, hamilton, Caron and a 1st for iggy and a 2nd

  18. hockey_lover says:

    While I do agree that Iginla deserves to go to a contender for a chance to win a cup, it certainly seems like he doesnt want to. Im positive he is not happy with the teams position in the standings but he seems like a stand up guy that doesnt want to leave. But, in any case, he certainly deserves a shot at a cup. He is, like you said, one of the greats of our generation.

    I dont believe he will go to the Pens. Their line up, while struggling defensively lately, is pretty solid. They would have to send a bit of salary the other way but who do you take?  Also, Staal is on fire right now. He is on pace for 45 goals – no, he isnt going to make it but still – His value is at an alltime high.  Im not sure the Pens would trade him for a 36 year old winger who is, I believe, is a UFA after this season.   Sure, your chances of winning the cup this year go up but you sacrifice some long term stability. 

    Also, Im not entirely sure that the Pens will keep Malkin long term. Or, if you believe the rumours, Crosby may go to Montreal. If one of those guys should happen to leave, they will need Staal that much more. Pittsburghs biggest strength is down the middle. Losing Staal for a winger, then losing one of Geno or Sid would be a HUGE blow to the team.

    Also, with the emergence of Neal, I think the requirement for a top flight winger is minimized. Yes, Iginla brings a ridiculous amount of experience and leadership and that cant be understated. But, given what the Pens have gone through the last two seasons, Id like to believe that they have the "team character" pretty squared away.

  19. hockey_lover says:

    Ugh. That makes me want to vomit.  As if Boston isnt playing well enough right now. They need Iginla?  Bleh.

    Boston, right now, is the only team that worries me in the east. Philly isnt as good as their record is, imo. The Rangers will implode soon enough. While Toronto is headed in the right direction, I dont personally believe they make THAT much noise in the playoffs. The Caps, until they prove otherwise in the playoffs, will be same ol story. Florida .. meh, whatever.  

    As a homer, with a healthy Sid, Malkin, Staal and Fleury playing how he is, I believe the Pens are the fave coming out of the east, with Boston a close second (what a difference a month can make). If Boston gets Iginla, ugh … they are clearly the favorite.

  20. leafmeister says:

    Just for an outsiders perspective; where do you see the Leafs? Personally I see a 7th – 4th finish.

  21. hockey_lover says:

    I can definitely see them finishing 5th or so. They wont be able to hold off Boston for 1st in the division. Buffalo will fade down the stretch and Mtl/Ott arent posing much of a threat this year.

    Im speaking purely from a playoffs perspective. I think the Leafs are a bit young and lack playoff experience overall. I liken it to the first year the Pens made the finals. Buttloads of talent but no REAL experience. They were young and lacked what it took to go all the way. They learned, came back, and managed to pull it off.

    This is the same with the Leafs. They are young team and inexperienced in terms of playoffs for many of the guys. They will have a pretty good season, might make it to the 2nd round but will ultimately not be a huge threat. That can happen next year when the young guys realize "hey, this isnt new anymore."

  22. albertateams says:

    If the Flames could get that deal it would be great but I just don't see the return being that high. Even a return of Hamilton 1 first and a 3rd would be great, particularly if the Flames aren't taking salary back.

  23. Steven_Leafs says:

    not a bad return for Iginla but I think if Calgary shops Iggy then Boston will have to put up more to land him.

  24. thisgamewelose says:

    The Rangers will EXPLODE tonight…when they beat the pens. 🙂

    ..probably not.

  25. hockey_lover says:

    Could happen. Im not saying they are a bad team…. I just dont consider them a huge threat. With Henrik in goal, anything can happen 🙂

  26. albertateams says:

    Depends. In the deal above no NHL salary comes back making the deal all of the above plus what the flames can get for 7 million as a UFA, which is huge. If they are taking back equivalent salary and term, depending on the quality of players, it makes a huge difference. Realistically I think about 3-5 million would have to come back to the flames. Maybe Krejci, but then Calgary gets fewer prospects and picks.

  27. Steven_Leafs says:

    I dont think Calgary cares that they are not getting any salary back. In a re-build you rarely spend to the cap anyway. What I mean though is Calgary will not agree to taking one less prospect or pick just because they dump 7M in salary. Plus if they can get the deal they want, they will gladly take on some dead cap space for 1-2 seasons.

  28. reinjosh says:

    Kuz isn't that good unfortunately. I would never give up a shot at Grigorenko or Yakupov for Kuznetsov. No way, no how. Washington could be a good fit. Hunter would fit well with Iggy. The extra first they have is a huge trade chip while its a potential top 10 pick or lottery pick. 

  29. reinjosh says:

    I don't think Boston will go after Iggy for three reason.

    1.) They don't have the pieces to get him. Hamilton, Spooner and Rask are certainly enticing. But I'm not sure they would give any of them up. Chiarelli has already stated he think Rask is the future in net and the tandem they have right now is about as big a strength as the Crosby/Staal/Malkin tandem. Hamilton is playing unreal right now and presents himself as the future of the defense. Spooner also appears to be the only prospect with real top 6 talent in the system. All three could very well be vital to them. Now I will say that a package of Krejci, Spooner, Hamilton and a 1st would probably get it done. But would Chiarelli do it? That leads to my second point.
    2.) I think Chiarelli gets gun shy on trades personally. After the price he paid for Kaberle and seeing how that worked out, I'm not sure he would pay that steep a price again. Even for a guy like Iggy. He's done a real good job of building this team right now and for the future. Why compromise that for another shot when your team might not even need it for another shot? He's going to get gun shy again and probably for good reason. That jumps into my last point.
    3.) Does he even need to? Boston goes at the very worst, 11-1-1 in November and they jumped from 2nd last in the league to tied for 5th best. This team is real good and they are really showing it. They are playing well and are fitting well together right now. They don't have the need for a top line player with explosive offensive talent like they did last year with the emergence of Seguin this year. Their scoring isn't lacking and they all have playoff leadership now. Why ruin what they have? 
  30. reinjosh says:

    I'd love to see Philly grab him. Seeing Giroux set up Iggy would be sweet.

  31. leafmeister says:

    Yeah I agree with all of that. They definitely need veterans in the line-up, but IMO, its still too early to grab them. They need to be at a point when the core is ready to win, then they can insulate them with experienced vets. I like what I see though.

  32. dumbassdoorman says:

    WTF….are you on crack….lol…..conference rivals….sheesh

  33. albertateams says:

    It doesn't matter if Calgary is going to spend to the cap or not, look at the Franson deal, cap space is equivalent to picks and prospects. The cap space would be more important to the team trading for Iginla as he still has another year that the team would have to fit him in for.

  34. leafmeister says:

    It is hard to call the Kaberle trade a bad trade. They won the cup. He didnt have that much to do with it, but the Stanley cup is the end to all means in hockey. They proved to be, with Kaberle, the best team in the league, and since there is no way to say how they would have done without him, I think the trade will not go down in history as a bad one.

    Unless of course, Colborne turns into a 90 point center, and Biggs into a top 6 powerforward, and the Leafs routinely beat the Bruins over the next few years.

  35. Steven_Leafs says:

    When your talking about players like Iginla, the extra cap space is meaningless in terms of trade value. No chance Calgary would trade Iginla for a low 1st round pick (for example) just because they lost 7M in cap. Other teams may have to make room but that is their problem, if they want Iginla, they will pay the highest price Calgary can get, regardless of how much cap is moved.

  36. albertateams says:

    Your missing the point. To say that cap space does not factor into the return shows a lack of understanding of how trades take place in the current NHL. Cap space is extremely important in determining the return.

    Yes Calgary will want to maximize its return on Iginla as far as prospects and picks, but to think that salary and cap implications do not have an impact on that return is simply wrong.

  37. Steven_Leafs says:

    and your an idiot to think that Calgary will make a trade for half of what they SHOULD get for Iginla just because they are losing that much cap space. If Calgary trades Iginla they are re-building, they are not expecting to make the playoffs for 1-3 seasons if they deal their captain. Do you really think that they will take something as small as a low 1st round pick or whatever just because they lost 7M in cap.

    No they wont, they know their fans wont accept a statement like this from management: "I know it seems like we didn't get much for Iginla but remember this: We saved $7M!! That's money in the owner's pocket! What a steal of a deal I made!"

    I know the value of saving cap space, and if you trade a player like Redden with that much cap then your going to lose the deal (example: Franson trade) but when you trade one of the top 10-20 players in the world you don't lose that trade. Unless your a retard.

  38. Steven_Leafs says:

    yeah this deal will never be bad for the Bruins. The only way you can call this deal bad is if Colborne knocks Boston out of the playoffs and helping Toronto win the cup at least 2 times. (Even then Boston still got a cup out of it) Otherwise this deal is a win-win. Leafs win the trade value-wise, Boston won the cup.

  39. mojo19 says:

    Ya that would hurt. And with two of my all time favourite players growing up (Iginla and Jagr) on the Flyers I might actually have to cheer for them once/if the Leafs got knocked out…

  40. mojo19 says:

    And I already cheer for one Philly team because of Halladay, one is enough! haha

  41. albertateams says:

    Again your completely missing the point. Iginla's contract is 7 million, its off the books regardless of the the return its whats coming back in salary that influences the return Calgary gets. I'm not suggesting they don't maximize their return its just a simple fact that salary coming back influences the return they will get.

    Apparently you don't have the ability to understand this simple concept.

  42. Steven_Leafs says:

    yeah you are definitely an idiot. I never said that salary isn't important, or that it is a factor in making trades, in fact I said the exact opposite. Apparently your too dumb to notice.

    All I said is that Calgary is not going to get less for Iginla just because they would lose 7M in cap. Lets say Iginla's value is 5 1st round picks, Calgary is not going to accept only 3 1st round picks because another team said that they are willing to take on 7M in cap. Calgary will tell them they are *****ing retarded and they will pay the 5 1st round picks or they wont get Iginla at all. Calgary may have to take on cap back, but the cap they take back will either have good value on its own (example: Alex Semin) or the cap they take back with be in addition to the "5 1st round picks" (example: Jason Blake).

    You understand now? Of course you don't, you spent the last couple days arguing something I agree with. All I have been saying is that the value the leafs got for Franson/Lombardi would never happen in Calgary with Iginla.

  43. albertateams says:

    I love how truly ignorant and ill informed people resort to name calling to try to prove their point. It really shows a level of understanding and a well rounded argument, not to mention a complete lack of maturity.

    Your exact original quote "the extra cap space is meaningless in terms of trade value" is fundamentally wrong I have been agreeing with everything else you have said but when you make a statement like that it is incorrect. Your statement indicated that cap space has no value in any potential trade of Iginla which is not true.

    Other than that I have agreed with you on everything, yes Calgary will seek its maximum return for Iginla, no they will not accept a lower return just to move him,  yes to make a deal work they will most likely take back a contract or two. All of this is true, but cap space for either team is a component of any return in addition to the players, picks and prospects.

    If you believe as stated above, by you, that cap space is meaningless in terms of trade value then you are wrong.

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