Is it time for the Flames to trade Kipper and Iginla?

There’s certainly no way the quintessential team player Iginla will ever demand a trade, so it falls squarely on the shoulders of Edwards, King and GM Jay Feaster to make the brave move of being the bad guys for a few months and taking the heat for ending the Iginla Era. Their images will suffer temporarily, but the team will be better for it.

Even then, it isn’t as if the dealing of Iginla (and Kiprusoff, who almost assuredly would want out once Iginla was moved) will be an instant cure-all for Calgary. As one former GM told, “Remember what Atlanta got for trading Marian Hossa: Colby Armstrong, Angelo Esposito and a first round draft pick.” In other words, the return for a star is not often going to be the foundation upon which your future is built. The pain will be felt in Calgary for years to come.

But there is really no choice for the Flames anymore. Iginla can be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Kiprusoff will gain his freedom a year after that. Off-season additions Jiri Hudler and Dennis Wideman aren’t making a measurable difference. Meanwhile, their scouting and development staff has not provided the Flames with enough up-and-coming young talent to offset their fading collection of veterans.

Look at the standings. The Flames are at the bottom of them not because of some cosmic injustice or cruel spate of injuries. They’re there because that was going to be their destiny the moment management decided to sprawl out and take comfort in the shade of a Calgary icon and not face the heat over the short term for the betterment of the franchise by moving that icon.

From this point on, the motto of every Calgary fan should be, “Free Iginla and free Kiprusoff.” If the Flames actually did so, they would free themselves from the shadows of the past and set a clear course for a change in fortunes.

6 Responses to Is it time for the Flames to trade Kipper and Iginla?

  1. mojo19 says:

    It would be weird to see Iggy in another jersey. I really think St.Louis should take a run at him. He would fit in perfectly with their style of play, and make them a legitimate Cup contender, if they weren’t one already.

    • Gambo says:

      If he really wants a shot at the cup he should sign in Pittsburgh. He might have to take a slight salary cut, but they should still be able to sign him for 6-7m.

      A powerplay of Iginla, Crosby, Neal, Letang and Malkin should be unstoppable. I could see Crosby, Malkin, Neal and Iginla all hitting 40+ goals on a team together.

      • Steven_Leafs0 says:

        love that idea, trying to think of a deal that would work though.

        Would Bennett, Pouliot, and a 1st get it done? Would the Pens even pay that much for a rental? Tough call.

        They may have to add a salary dump the other way if needed to take on Iginla’s contract too.

  2. blaze says:

    In the off-season I had thought Washington was desperate for Iggys leadership but now it looks like they gotta make the playoffs first.

  3. blaze says:

    Also wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see Iginla get traded then re-sign in Calgary. I guess it depends on how bad he wants a Cup but Calgary is his home.

  4. mojo19 says:

    Iginla and Kiprusoff both looked amazing tonight agains the Black Hawks. I can’t believe Calgary lost that game. What a great hockey game though.

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