The idea of trading Jarome Iginla has been kicked around and debated for years. This thread is not to discuss the potential merits or possibility of such a move however – merely to establish what readers and fans would consider a good, realistic return for the Flames captain if he was hypothetically dealt this summer.
As such, I’d like everyone to add their ideal (but still plausible) package in the comment section. Meaning, let’s avoid suggestions Iggy should be dealt for Giroux, Crosby or Malkin. If everyone sticks to at least semi-realistic scenarios, we can maybe construct an "average" potential return out of all the suggestions.
Some info to provide context for your hypothetical trades
– Iginla has a NTC, so it’s unlikely he would accept deals to teams without a reasonable chance of winning in the short term.
– His cap hit is $7M next year, the last year of his current contract. His destination team must be able to absorb his contract or be able to move money in the deal in order to do so. Capgeek.com and NHLNumbers.com are your friends.
– The rumored return for Iginla to LAK was Wayne Simmonds, a draft pick and Brayden Schenn not too long ago. Seeing as the Kings later traded Schenn and Simmonds for Mike Richards, we can reasonably assume there was some fire to go with that smoke. It therefore makes sense to use that rumor as an "anchor" for your suggestions.
– Iginla will turn 35 years old on July 1. He’s in great shape, but this is the age where even great players usually start to suffer a real drop in performance.
Again, this isn’t a debate over whether the Flames should or will trade Iginla. Just a look at reasonable, hypothetical trade scenarios to spark a discussion and maybe get an idea of Iginla’s potential value. Fans of other teams are welcome to weigh in since a variety of perspectives is useful.
And that’s it. If this exercise proves interesting we can discuss the best suggestions and then repeat it in a week or so with Kipper.