Jarome Iginla on the Move?

Posted: March 24, 2013 by Lamar Lester in News, Transactions
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Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla (Getty Images)

Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla (Getty Images)

As hockey fans, three things are certain in life. Death, taxes, and Jarome Iginla trade rumors around the deadline. This lockout-shortened season hasn’t stopped those rumors. Some would even argue it has intensified them, and it’s all but certain this year. Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla will likely be traded this season. Where does he fit?

Today news broke that Iginla released the names of 4 teams he’d accept a trade to. It was reported by Renaud Lavoie of RDS earlier in the day that Iginla would accept a trade to the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, or Pittsburgh Penguins. All Stanley Cup contenders.

Those teams make a lot of sense.

Boston Bruins
With David Krejci still playing while nursing a knee injury and Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton not playing to their capabilities, Boston could use the added offense.

Chicago Blackhawks
Patrick Sharp is still on the shelf with a bum shoulder and Marian Hossa has missed a few games with an upper-body injury of his own.

Los Angeles Kings
Just like last season, the Kings for whatever reason can’t score. It’s not as bad as it was last season, but Jonathan Quick hasn’t exactly played as good as he did then either. With Quick not playing at an elite level, their lack of scoring could be an issue. Not to mention they’ve been shut out in back to back games.

Pittsburgh Penguins
Will the 2nd LW please stand up? Pittsburgh has tried 7 different players on the 2nd line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal this season and only one has shown any promise (rookie Beau Bennett). Jarome Iginla would be perfect for that spot. Iginla is a RW so that would mean Neal would have to move back to LW, but that would still give the Penguins a deep Top 6.

Jarome Iginla could fill a void on all of those teams. With the Pittsburgh Penguins acquiring Dallas Stars captain Brendan Morrow earlier today, that likely eliminates them from the Jarome Iginla Sweepstakes. That leaves Boston, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

When word came out that Brendan Morrow was rumored to go to Pittsburgh, it was reported that the Boston Bruins were also in on it. At that point I figured whoever didn’t get Morrow between Penguins and Bruins, the other would likely get Iginla. I don’t think he goes to the Kings or Blackhawks because in most big name deals, teams try to move the player out of conference. However, with the right deal, who knows. The Trade Deadline is April 3.

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