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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Jarome Iginla would never admit it, but he’s thinking about the possibility of life without the Calgary Flames.

So say several sources close to the longtime Flames captain who believe the 34-year-old winger is quietly struggling with the realization his dreams of winning a Stanley Cup will not play out in Calgary.

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Tom Gaglardi, 43, a Vancouver-based businessman who finally realized his dream of owning an NHL team when he officially took over the Dallas Stars last week, could get aggressive in trying to get the club back on the hockey map.

While Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla would have to agree to waive his no-movement clause, don’t be surprised if the Stars show interest in trying to pry the 34-year-old winger back to Dallas, the team that drafted him in 1995.

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PDXWing's avatar

I think the Wings will be in the market for his services, if he is willing to move. He would be a perfect fit - he’s a veteran leader and competes hard every night. At 34, he may be nearing the end of his prime, but his role would be contained enough in DET to allow him to skate less minutes and he wouldn’t be expected to lead the team. The problem for DET is that he is still going to be paid $7 mil next season, which may be too constraining for their budget. Plus, who knows if he wants to move and, if so, where he would want to go.

Posted by PDXWing on 11/27/11 at 01:08 PM ET

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I’m not sure Iggy would be a great fit for the Wings though Babcock does know him quite well. I believe that in order to be a successful, high impact player Iggy needs as many minutes as he can get. He also needs a coach that understands he’s not an amazing two-way guy like Z or Datsyuk, he’s an offensive weapon like OV. Remember when Bowman molded Yzerman? That’s unlikely to happen with Iggy. He had his chance a couple of years back when Cammalerri taught him how to be a set up guy. Then Sutter idiotically tossed Cammi away and Iggy’s career shied away from the metamorphosis he needed.

I’ve been hoping the Flames would trade Iggy for the sole reason that the man deserves a shot at winning The Cup. I understand that Iggy’s heart is in Calgary but sometimes you gotta make sacrifices to achieve a dream. Maybe a call from Ray Bourque would help Iggy understand that.

Posted by Iggy_Rules on 11/27/11 at 01:27 PM ET

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@Iggy_Rules - Also, if he is traded now, Feaster is going to try and get a king’s ransom for him (pretty much the last chance for him to bring a significant return) and I doubt DET would offer up much in the way of prospects, though there are a few roster players that might be available. In my fantasy of seeing Iginla in a winged wheel, I never really considered what they would have to give up for him. Holland is loathe to trade his prospects and Feaster would probably be after one or more of Smith, Tatar, or Nyquist, plus roster players. There’s no way that’s going to happen.

Posted by PDXWing on 11/27/11 at 01:52 PM ET

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If the Calgary parasite has already taken hold of Feaster’s brain, you’ll see a trade like Iginla for Helm + Commodore

Posted by yayamo on 11/27/11 at 02:54 PM ET

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I don’t think the Wings would be interested in a winger than doesn’t want to play defense either. The Wings system relies on two-way forwards, not offense-only forwards. Not to mention the cost in both prospects and salary. I’d rather see the Wings keep their prospects and use the money to go after Parise & Suter next offseason. Though with the new CBA coming, I wouldn’t be shocked to see the cap drop as well, so they may not have as much space as some people are assuming they will.

Posted by RyanVM on 11/27/11 at 05:12 PM ET

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There’s also a lot to question in terms of Iginla’s health—he hasn’t been very productive this season, and watching him in the Wings game made me think he’s lost the spring in his step following that back surgery.  I like the guy, but I’m not sure he’s the best choice for the Wings come the trade deadline.

p.s. PDXWing we need to grab a beer, man!

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 11/28/11 at 12:47 AM ET

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