Calgary Flames winger and team captain Jarome Iginla could be close to moving on to a new franchise, submitting a list of four teams to GM Jay Feaster that the veteran would accept a trade to over the next week.
With the trade deadline just over a week or so away, Iginla's future in Calgary is almost certainly short lived. A pending unrestricted free agent this summer, Iginla was facing a future where it was likely he would not return for a new contract. With the Flames needing a rebuild, or at the very least a reset, trading the team captain was inevitable.
The Penguins traded for Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow on Sunday, giving up top defensive prospect Joe Morrow in the process, which by all intents and purposes likely means they're out of the Iginla sweepstakes. The Boston Bruins, who were also heavily going after Brenden Morrow, are now the most likely destination for Iginla.
Says Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald, the Bruins could part with a top goaltending prospect in the process:
What kind of package it takes to land Iginla remains to be seen, but with longtime backstop Miikka Kiprusoff nearing the end, the Flames would certainly have keen interest in the B's top goalie prospect, Malcolm Subban. Other trade bait could include forwards Alexander Khokhlachev and Ryan Spooner, and defensemen Matt Bartkowski, Torey Krug and David Warsofsky.
Iginla has 9 goals and 22 points in 30 games this season, with a minus-6 rating -- the veteran has not finished with less than 30 goals in a season since 1999-2000, despite some late-career struggles. The return for Iginla will likely be more than what the Penguins gave up for Morrow and with Derek Roy and others still on the market, the prices will likely continue to get higher.