Gameday Preview: Phoenix Rising

Kent Wilson
November 17 2010 10:30AM

Calgary Flames' Jarome Iginla (12) and Phoenix Coyotes' Lee Stempniak battle for the puck in the first period during their NHL game in Glendale, Arizona November 12, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

 

The loss to Phoenix last week might be one of the low points of the season for the Flames. It certainly was for the embattled Jarome Iginla, who played perhaps the worst game of his career in the desert. He battled back and was relatively effective the next night against a good in the San Jose Sharks, but the Coyote game and his 0 shot, -4 performance may become something of watershed moment in the franchise's history should the team indeed choose to deal Iginla this season.

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Breaking Rumor: Kings Have Tabled an Offer for Iginla

Kent Wilson
November 16 2010 07:33PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Brayden Schenn  of the Los Angeles Kings looks to pass during the game against the Vancouver Canucks at the Staples Center on October 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

 

According to Dean Millard on the Pipeline show, the Los Angeles Kings are charging hard after Jarome Iginla, offering recently demoted prospect Branyden Schenn as part of the package.

Schenn is the brother of Leaf Luke Schenn and a former 5th overall draft pick. He scored 99 points in the WHL last year, but struggled mightily in his NHL audition this year as a 19 year-old. He's a legit offensive prospect, but I'm guessing there would have to be more to the package for it to entice the Flames.

Interesting rumor to say the least.

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Teardown time?

Robert Cleave
November 16 2010 02:09PM

 

EDMONTON, CANADA - OCTOBER 16: Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla  concentrates against the Edmonton Oilers at the Scotiabank Saddledome on October 16, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Flames beat the Oilers 5-3. (Photo by Dylan Lynch/Getty Images)

With the Flames struggling to begin the season, talk of blowing up the team and the management group has started again, with the potential move of the captain as the beginning of that move. I have to question if people really get what a teardown looks like, though, and if their understandable desire to see the Flames improve isn't blinding them to what has happened around the league as of late.

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Injuries and an Emerging Market for Ian White

Kent Wilson
November 16 2010 11:00AM

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 19: Defenseman Ian White  of the Calgary Flames carries the puck into the Nashville Predators zone on October 19, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

 

I don't know if Darryl Sutter tried to deal one of his extra defenders this off-season (Sarich, Staios come to mind), but I have to assume he did. Unfortunately, the market was saturated with other teams trying to dump expensive blueliners and an excess of NHL caliber guys still waiting in the unemployment line. Add in the tepid demand and you have a rather impossible task.

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Comment of the Week Winner #2 and #3

Kent Wilson
November 15 2010 10:01AM

 

Phew. The last couple of weeks have been tough on Flames fans and the resulting discussions and veritable essays in the comment sections made it even tougher to pick COTW winners.

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