Where Does Jarome Land?

Kent Wilson
July 03 2013 12:10PM

Iginla and Toews between period interview

- pic via Paul Harrison

 

It's not really a Calgary issue anymore, but I'm sure many Flames fans will be interested to see where Jarome Iginla ends up signing this weekend. The former captain to date has not be re-signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins and given their rapidly dwindling cap space with the re-signing of Pascal Dupuis (and the retention of Marc-Andre Fleury) it's a good bet Jarome will be looking for the third stop of his NHL career very soon.

With the cap going down it means there are a lot of potential players already out of the running for Iginla's services. Besides the Penguins, the Philadelphia Flyers (-1.25M), Minnesota Wild (-0.132M), San Jose Sharks ($4.5M), Vancouver Canucks ($4.7M) and Boston Bruins ($4.7M) are all either over or periously close to the cap ceiling already.

You can probably also add the Los Angeles Kings to that list. Sutter's Kings have around $5.0M in cap space, but need to replace or re-sign guys like Brad Richardson, Kyle Clifford, Dustin Penner, Trevor Lewis, Jake Muzzin, Keaton Ellerby and Alex Martinez. Not a lot of budget there.

So that's a big chunk of the NHL's money spenders and contenders. Who's left?

Possible Iggy Destinations

Chicago Blackhawks

The cup champs boast one of the strongest line-ups in the league, but they have already begun to lose some pieces, including Dave Bolland and Michael Frolik (traded at the draft). Word is they are going to let Viktor Stalberg leave as a free agent and it's probable healthy scratch Jama Mayers will join him.

The Hawks have almost $11M in cap space to play with but that will be whittled down a bit when they re-sign RFA Nick Leddy. They also have to re-sign Markus Kruger, find a back-up for Crawford and replace pending UFAs Michal Roszival and Michal Handsuz.

It'll be close, but if Iginla is more motivated by a chance to win than by a pay check, he could probably land in Chicago. The team is strong enough up front that Iginla could settle into a nice, secondary scoring role where he wouldn't have to play the tough minutes at even strength.

Detroit Red Wings

They're not quite a league heavyweight anymore, but the Wings are still highly competitive. Detroit has about $8M in cap space right now, but will need to re-sign RFAs Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson and Brendan Smith as well retain or replace Val Filppula, Daniel Cleary, and Ian White.

Meaning there's some wiggle room but not much. Again, Iginla will have to be mostly motivated by the team and organization than the dollars in order to land with Detroit. My guess is he'd also be thrust in a bit more of a primary role, especially if they lose Filpulla and Cleary to free agency.

New York Rangers

No one in the league likes to chase after big name players quite like Glen Sather in New York, even if they are clearly on the downslope of their career. The Rangers have $12M in budget space and a handful of RFA's to re-ink (Hagelin, Stepan, Falk, McDonagh, Moore). McDonagh, Stepan and Hagelin should eat a big chunk of dough, but there's no question Sather will make the call to Iginla's agent if manages to retain any cap space at all. 

The Rangers are a middle-tier club, although they don't lack star power in Richards, Nash, Lundqvist, etc. Iginla would be thrust into the spotlight and would probably land a top-6 spot in NY, at least to start. It would certainly be a tougher gig than, say, Chicago (just ask Brad Richards!).

Edmonton Oilers

It's terrible to contemplate, but Iginla is an Edmonton native, the Oilers have about $10M in cap space and they would no doubt be enamoured with acquring Iginla's experience and leadership for their very young dressing room.

The Oilers have other needs, including re-signing Sam Gagner and replacing about half of their rather sad blueline, but it's possible they'll have some dollars remaining for Jarome. That said, Iginla would have to be okay with joining a club that has yet to raise itself out of the Western Conference basement and, of course, more or less spitting in the eye of Flames fans everywhere.

This one is possible, but not likely.

St. Louis Blues

If they have interest, the Blues might be the odds-on favorite to land Iginla. They are a strong contender in the West, boast nearly $13M in cap space and, like the Hawks, could deploy Iggy in a more secondary/support role.

The one roadblock is the fact the Blues already have 12 pretty capable NHL forwards signed, including Backes, Oshie, Perron, Berglund, Steen, Tarasenko, Sobotka and Schwarz. If they re-sign Chris Stewart, it might be difficult to shoehorn Jarome into the line-up.

Ottawa Senators

Finally, the word around town is the Sens could lose Daniel Alfredsson to free agency (whaaaat?). They have over $21 in available cap room and, if Alfie leaves town, a giant hole in the "over 35 inspirational RWer who can still play" area of the roster. Ottawa is also a good enough team that they could convince Iginla they are contender and unlike some of the other options listed, they could probably pay him more than a few bills to sign on.

If he's added to replace Alfredsson and for more than a marginal amount, Iginla will no doubt be expected to be a top-6 forward on most nights for Ottawa. Probably not the most ideal role for him at this point, but that's for Jarome and the bug eyed walrus to worry about I suppose.

Conclusion

naturally, the list above isn't comprehensive and we can only speculate about Iginla's motivations. Maybe he wants one last big contract more than anything else? Or maybe he just wants to move in a nice warm climate and ride into the sunset? Still, assuming Iginla wants to win and he stenjoys a good reputation around the league, these are the clubs I judge to be his most probable destinations right now.

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#1 piscera.infada
July 03 2013, 02:46PM
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@RexLibris

"Moral dilemma of the day: if Iginla wins a cup in Vancouver, do Flames fans cheer? "

No.

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#2 icedawg_42
July 03 2013, 12:48PM
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I heard on the Fan today he's got a list of 4 teams he's interested in... I can't remember for sure, but I *think* it was Chicago, LA, Detroit...and VANCOUVER!!!!

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#3 BurningSensation
July 03 2013, 02:32PM
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towncow wrote:

as reported by Darren Dreger "deal may have hit a snag it is now contingent on Flames also signing Ex-Flame and Stanislav's bestfriend Oleg Saprykin.... more to come."

It's a strange target IMO. Chistov had one really good year in the KHL (40pts in 47 games), but in the three years since then he's had a high of 29 in 54, with a steady decline to just 22 in 54 last year.

I'm not even sure he qualifies as a center.

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#4 suba steve
July 03 2013, 02:50PM
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When Iggy left, I wished him well in his cup pursuit. But honestly, now I really couldn't care less where he lands or if he ever gets his cup. Sorry if that offends, but all my NHL hockey hopes and dreams ride with the flaming C.

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#5 Jeff In Lethbridge
July 03 2013, 03:00PM
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I hope Iggy lands in Vancouver - make them easier to beat as it will make them less defensively responsible. I wouldn't care if Iggy won a cup in Vancouver... we aren't going to win a cup so who cares.

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#6 ngthagg
July 03 2013, 12:18PM
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I wouldn't mind seeing Iginla in New York. AV has shown he has the smarts to match players to appropriate competition levels. Iginla could really shine in a situation like that.

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#7 Veggie Dog
July 03 2013, 12:24PM
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Unless he is still sour from last summer's attempt to get Iggy, I am puzzled that Chiarelli is trying to lure Alfie away rather than just signing Iginla. Both RW, Iggy younger, produces more, and also fits in better with Boston's team. Maybe there is not a ton of cap room there, but seems like it could still be done.

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#8 ChinookArch
July 03 2013, 12:28PM
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I can see LA shedding contracts in order to make Iginla fit, this is after all Darrel's team. From my understanding, all the Sutter's are notorious pushing hard for what they want. I expect Darrell would want Iggy in his fold again. LA could also use some depth scoring, so it might be a fit.

Detroit? Why not they made it work with Bertuzzi

I cane also see Jerome sign a short 1 year contract like Jagr. Meaning he could be moved before the trade deadline again.

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#9 Jeff Lebowski
July 03 2013, 12:31PM
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I could see Boston as Horton is out. It would be similar to Hossa switching between Wings and Pens (team that beat him out year prior).

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#10 lionlager
July 03 2013, 12:33PM
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Is not Calgary in the conversation? I think there might be a good chance they bring him back.

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#13 mk
July 03 2013, 12:43PM
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That will be a sad day if he laces up for the Oilers...my hope is for the Blues, Kings or Hawks to nab him.

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#14 Lordmork
July 03 2013, 12:50PM
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This has been noted in other posts, but it's interesting to note just how done with Calgary Iginla seems to be. Just confirms, in my mind, that the team made the right decision to move him.

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#15 Veggie Dog
July 03 2013, 12:55PM
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Darren Dreger just tweeted something about 35+ players and the CBA allowing teams to go over the cap this year, and have the amount deducted next year. Since the cap will likely go up, there may be teams willing to do this, and it will apply to Iginla too.

Lordmork: He has only been gone a few months and has no cup. Not wanting to come back to a team in full rebuild right after leaving is no surprise.

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#16 the-wolf
July 03 2013, 12:59PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

No. From what I've heard there's no interest on either side for a reunion.

Understatement. From what I've been told, things ended sourly. KK's interview after the trade confirms it.

Speaking of which, WTF!!! was that tool doing at the draft table in NJ? THAT is why Shanahan and co. won't come here. Still involve din hockey ops though he inists on calling himself a "non-hockey person" and instead, a "manager." He should be manning a sump pump down at the 'Dome, not giving his 2 cents at the draft table. Infuriating!

*off soapbox rant*

Really, the only fit I see is Vancouver.

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#17 RKD
July 03 2013, 01:04PM
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It would be weird to see Alfie leave Ottawa and were to be replaced by Iggy.

He wants to win now so I think St. Louis and Chicago are more likely his destinations. The Oilers still have a lot of work to do just to reach the playoffs.

@Lordmork all the Calgary Flames failures can be blamed on the GMs of the past and present. You can't win a Stanley Cup with one star forward and one star goalie. It's a flawed model, everyone here knows the Flames screwed Iggy by not building around him. They haven't had a #1 center since Nieuwendyk.

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#18 Veggie Dog
July 03 2013, 01:08PM
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RKD wrote:

It would be weird to see Alfie leave Ottawa and were to be replaced by Iggy.

He wants to win now so I think St. Louis and Chicago are more likely his destinations. The Oilers still have a lot of work to do just to reach the playoffs.

@Lordmork all the Calgary Flames failures can be blamed on the GMs of the past and present. You can't win a Stanley Cup with one star forward and one star goalie. It's a flawed model, everyone here knows the Flames screwed Iggy by not building around him. They haven't had a #1 center since Nieuwendyk.

Its actually infuriating to think back about having one of the most productive wingers of the last 15 years and utterly failing to provide even a decent line for him. Not to knock Conroy, Langkow etc, but really? No #1C to go along with him? Especially given the flames being a cap team for the past 9 years or so.

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#19 Cowtown 1989
July 03 2013, 01:19PM
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Kent, In response to your Tweet about TJ Brodie and his agent saying NO negotiations have taken place, I propose the following scenario. Is it possible that in light of what Josi et al are getting on second contracts, the Flames are dangling Brodie (and more) to Boston as part of a Seguin deal?

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#20 piscera.infada
July 03 2013, 01:29PM
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I doubt the Flames were to trade him an any package. In terms of a possible offer-sheet; I would assume the Flames would match anything. However, if its in the $3.4 million + range, and from a possible lottery team, I would think you have to look at that 1 and 3 round pick situation (as per last years rules) and take a long, hard look at it.

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#21 Cowtown 1989
July 03 2013, 01:35PM
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piscera.infada wrote:

I doubt the Flames were to trade him an any package. In terms of a possible offer-sheet; I would assume the Flames would match anything. However, if its in the $3.4 million + range, and from a possible lottery team, I would think you have to look at that 1 and 3 round pick situation (as per last years rules) and take a long, hard look at it.

Great point. Perhaps by delaying it, it invites this type of offer sheet scenario. If not, would Brodie and Gaudreau be too high a price to pay for Seguin? Not that I want to lose either, but I fear Gaudreau may choose not to sign with us.

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#22 piscera.infada
July 03 2013, 01:40PM
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@Cowtown 1989

I'm not sure how realistic Boston parting with Seguin is. If it is something that is going to happen, then I think that's your final offer. I'm not too sure what Boston wants, but if you can get it done for Gaudreau + (obviously have to be a big +, don't get me wrong), then you have to chase it.

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#23 Sincity1976
July 03 2013, 01:41PM
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Did Disney buy Jarome's rights to? Marvel, Star Wars, they have been busy.

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#24 towncow
July 03 2013, 01:44PM
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Darren Dreger is reporting Feaster is close to signing Stanislav Chistov to a 3 year 4.5mill contract

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#25 Lordmork
July 03 2013, 01:58PM
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The best player not in the NHL?

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#26 Veggie Dog
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towncow wrote:

Darren Dreger is reporting Feaster is close to signing Stanislav Chistov to a 3 year 4.5mill contract

Why do we want that dude????

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#27 Sincity1976
July 03 2013, 02:03PM
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Darren Dreger is reporting Feaster is close to signing Stanislav Chistov to a 3 year 4.5mill contract

You so funny

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#28 towncow
July 03 2013, 02:08PM
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Feaster is saying he is the best player not in the NHL possible number #1 center

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#29 towncow
July 03 2013, 02:11PM
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as reported by Darren Dreger "deal may have hit a snag it is now contingent on Flames also signing Ex-Flame and Stanislav's bestfriend Oleg Saprykin.... more to come."

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#30 SmellOfVictory
July 03 2013, 02:22PM
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ngthagg wrote:

I wouldn't mind seeing Iginla in New York. AV has shown he has the smarts to match players to appropriate competition levels. Iginla could really shine in a situation like that.

NYR or STL would both be okay by me.

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#31 KetchupKid
July 03 2013, 02:28PM
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@towncow

I'll admit that I googled him before the follow-up posts. Good trolling.

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#32 BurningSensation
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KetchupKid wrote:

I'll admit that I googled him before the follow-up posts. Good trolling.

Ugh. I'm clearly too tired to be commenting if I can't see that as a troll.

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#33 Michael
July 03 2013, 02:42PM
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The length and terms of Iggy's contract is going to be at least as interesting as who he signs with. Glad to see that Calgary isn't in on this signing.

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#34 RexLibris
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Not a big troll fan, but that Chistov bit was really funny.

About Iginla coming to Edmonton, I don't think this even gets off the ground.

The Oilers are too deep at RW, so much so that the proposed conversion of Gagner to the wing might mean playing Yakupov on the LW, and unlike some other Russian players he can't do both at the same time. The depth chart reads Eberle, Yakupov, Hemsky and then perhaps Gagner as well.

While Hemsky is likely to move, if at all, around mid-July after the free-agent brouhaha settles down, that still would mean adding Iginla as a 3rd or even 4th line right-winger, when that money is more clearly earmarked for defense, backup netminding and improving the left side.

My money would be on Iginla landing either in New York or Vancouver. The Rangers love to spend money and Vancouver just makes too much sense from a location and lifestyle perspective. For all the hatred towards the Oilers, I kind of think it would hurt Flames fans more to see him wearing that Canucks jersey.

Moral dilemma of the day: if Iginla wins a cup in Vancouver, do Flames fans cheer?

;-)

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#35 Veggie Dog
July 03 2013, 02:58PM
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I don't detest the Canucks like I once did, but I don't think I could be happy for him in Vancouver. Also, I think he would like more of a contender than the Canucks are these days. I think they are going the way of the Sharks, ageing and losing their window.

Vancouver is a fantastic city though, especially if you are loaded, so if he is choosing simply based on lifestyle considerations I could see it.

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#36 Tenbrucelees
July 03 2013, 03:16PM
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Have you not heard? Iggy is terrible. His underlying stats prove it. No one will touch him. What a wash up.

Yeah right.

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#37 mk
July 03 2013, 03:20PM
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If Iginla goes to the Canucks then he can enjoy his cup-less retirement. They're getting their due for boo-ing Team Canada during the Canada/Russia series.

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#38 Tenbrucelees
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@mk

You appear to be a sub editor for a tabloid. Congrats dude.

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#39 Mamie Jacouns Love Child
July 03 2013, 03:35PM
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RKD wrote:

It would be weird to see Alfie leave Ottawa and were to be replaced by Iggy.

He wants to win now so I think St. Louis and Chicago are more likely his destinations. The Oilers still have a lot of work to do just to reach the playoffs.

@Lordmork all the Calgary Flames failures can be blamed on the GMs of the past and present. You can't win a Stanley Cup with one star forward and one star goalie. It's a flawed model, everyone here knows the Flames screwed Iggy by not building around him. They haven't had a #1 center since Nieuwendyk.

About a #1 Center debate...but yeah the Flames will fix that when Jay signs his buddy Vinny from TBay ..just a sec (ummm what!?! He signed with Philly??? ).... or check that when the Jankowski Kid comes out of college next year - thatll be the guy.

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#40 Potlicker
July 03 2013, 03:50PM
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Would love to see Iggy land in Vanc so I can listen to Torts say how much he sucks!

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#41 BurningSensation
July 03 2013, 03:51PM
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Off topic, but I hope the Flames take a run at both Blum and Florida's Peter Mueller.

Both are the right age and have talent.

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#42 Baalzamon
July 03 2013, 04:04PM
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On an unrelated note, Corban Knight is going to wear the #10 jersey next season. Hopefully he manages to reclaim it's glory that's been repeatedly tainted the last couple years.

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#44 mk
July 03 2013, 04:33PM
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Tenbrucelees wrote:

You appear to be a sub editor for a tabloid. Congrats dude.

I live in Vancouver and have to deal with the fans on a daily basis. That's just one of the superstitions they keep here about the reason they've never one.

And, as they say, if the boot fits...

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#45 lionlager
July 03 2013, 04:39PM
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Man, the Iggy hate is depressing. The dude's a hero. A hall of Fame career played in Cowtown. The fact that King, Feaster and Iggy have animosity now just makes it more depressing. Is he old and past his prime? Definitely. But I really find it had to believe that he won't EVER be back... maybe when I sober up from the binge I've been on since he was traded I'll have a clearer mind...

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#46 Hank williams
July 03 2013, 04:57PM
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Loved every minute watching Iginla as a Flame. I will cheer loud for him a time or two when he scores on us in future games too. But aside from that I cheer for the Flaming C as well and Jarome the hockey players not a Flame player no more Jarome the Flames icon is alive and well in my heart and I look forward to the day his jersey is retired from our rafters.

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#47 Jeff Lebowski
July 03 2013, 05:42PM
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Off topic: please don't trade Backlund, Gaudreau etc for Seguin. There must be reason Seguin on block.

Stick to rebuild, suck it up and draft McDavid.

Seguin is good but not worth the asking price. Don't get duped Feaster!

PS-Why have we not heard public comments from Weisbrod post draft?

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#48 schevvy
July 03 2013, 05:48PM
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God, love this guy . Jarome is my favourite athlete of all time, and I wish him well, even if that is Vancouver.

If I had to put money on it, I would say LA would take him. Darryl I bet pulls a lot of strings in the upper management and I bet he would want Iggy. St. Louis is an intriguing destination for him, hadn't thought of that one. Depends on what kind of contract or role he wants.

I've given up hope on him coming back to Calgary with this contract. That being said, after this deal is done (he'll probably get a 3 year deal), and the Flames become more competitive, I could see him coming back. But I'll worry about that when the time comes.

Also- for the love of god people, it's JAROME not JEROME. Possibly my biggest pet peeve ever.

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#49 Chris
July 03 2013, 05:55PM
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@mk > That's just one of the superstitions they keep here [Vancouver] about the reason they've never [won] one.

"Never" is a long time -- so long that most people forgot about Vancouver's cup win.

The Millionaires won the Cup back in 1915.

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#50 Burnward
July 03 2013, 06:52PM
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I'd love to see Mueller here. Agreed.

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