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Why Not Let Iginla Fight?

via Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

Jarome Iginla still can’t figure out why the linesmen refused to let him fight it out last night with Justin Abdelkader.

In a sight familiar to Calgary Flames fans, the captain doffed his helmet and gloves late in the third period and readied himself to due battle with the six-foot-one, 215 pounder.

His goal? To exact revenge for an earlier shoulder check to the head of the recently-concussed Rene Bourque.

“I’m not sure,” Iginla said. “I really didn’t like the hit on Bourquey. That’s what I was thinking.”

With the linesmen escorting both players to the penalty box, Abdelkader could be seen shouting: “I’m not f-ing scared of you. I’m not f-ing scared of you.”

If you missed the hit last night, watch it below…

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  Tags: jarome+iginla, justin+abdelkader


SYF's avatar

It was not a headshot, dumbass.  Really digging the bottom of the barrel, eh?

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 11/22/10 at 08:22 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Because Iginla is a coward and he acted like he wanted to fight, then backed away juuuussstt enough to let the officials intervene.

Typical Iginla move as of late.  With a guy like that as your captain, no wonder the Flames suck and are such a mess…

Posted by Primis on 11/22/10 at 08:24 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Yeah that was definitely NOT a headshot, christ.

Posted by Primis on 11/22/10 at 05:24 PM ET

Iggy’s no coward, he’s carried that team for ages and ages!

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 11/22/10 at 08:34 PM ET

awould's avatar

Yeah, not a headshot at all. Though I could see how they might think it was on the ice at the time, but the Flames writer is either lying or hasn’t seen the video.

Iginla is a terrible Captain. He put himself in the box for nothing and the Wings came back and won.

I lost all respect for him when the Wings had to endure Calgary’s dirty play a couple years back in the playoffs. Iginla speared Schneider, a gutless move. The coach had their backup goalie wack Franzen across the body with his stick. It was ridiculous. None of that would happen without their Captain leading the way.

Posted by awould on 11/22/10 at 08:41 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

I don’t even think it is about the hit being dirty or not. Nowadays it seems like any time someone lays a big body check, “retribution” must be had.

This is such a stupid, meathead attitude. Hard hits are a part of the game. When a dirty hit happens, I understand it, but just because you “didn’t like” the hit? Nobody likes getting hit, and nobody likes seeing their guys get hit. But it’s part of the game.

Posted by Nathan from wasting perfect passes from my teammates on 11/22/10 at 09:00 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

If iginla is on the ice, it’s not likely Zetterberg gets that goal w/ 4 seconds left. He blew it.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 11/22/10 at 09:04 PM ET

HockeyFanOhio's avatar

Perfectly legal hit.  And cheap on the Flames to have two guys take a go at Abdelkader.  I don’t mind fights, think they have a place in hockey for sure, but going after someone for a legal hit sucks.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 11/22/10 at 09:17 PM ET


Instead of wondering about the fight that didn’t happen, maybe Iginla should ask himself how he let his man get so open for the OT winner.

Posted by shep on 11/22/10 at 09:34 PM ET

scotts0's avatar

“I’m not *#$%@& scared of you.”

Gosh, how I love the new version of Kirk Maltby.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 11/22/10 at 09:49 PM ET


Hall really has the homer glasses on if she thinks this hit is dirty. From the first angle (back of the players) it looks iffy because of the follow through but from the front it’s obvious it’s clean. The fact that Iggy got involved at all was a huge mistake and considering how well things have been going for him lately you can’t even attribute the mistake to frustration. Just a bad decision, trading your top forward for a 4th line grinder at a critical point in the game. Anyway, the Flames basically gave the Wings an early christmas present. Letting those guys have even a sniff at a chance of getting back into a game is bad news. The Flames just opened the door and said “hey, guys with awesome skill and experience, here’s a carrot”. Pretty frustrating to be a Flames right now.

As for fighting after clean hits, yeah, it’s dumb and I wish it would go away but until the league manages to roll out some clear measures as to what constitutes a dirty hit the retaliatory stuff will go on. A couple of games ago Giordano levelled some guy with a clean hit and had to answer the bell to some meathead who came at him. Same thing happened to Sarich after a clean hip check a few games ago as well. That’s sad, really.

Posted by Iggy Rules on 11/22/10 at 09:54 PM ET

Osrt's avatar

Just a bad decision, trading your top forward for a 4th line grinder at a critical point in the game.

Posted by Iggy Rules

Exactly. Forget about the idiocy of fighting after a clean hit, whatever happened to winning/ scoring as the “revenge”?

Posted by Osrt on 11/22/10 at 11:07 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Iggy’s no coward, he’s carried that team for ages and ages!

Posted by sjketcheson from Ottawa on 11/22/10 at 05:34 PM ET

He hasn’t been captain material for at least two seasons now… he’s given up.

I have no respect for him any more.  Not because he’s given up, but because he then pretends to still care and pretends that he’s so tough.  Truth is, he won’t bleed for that team, not any more.

Also, the truth is he’s probably past his prime now and his game is going to decline very, very quickly because of his style of play.  Once you can’t compete like he used to… you’ve taken practically half his assets from him.

Posted by Primis on 11/23/10 at 12:31 AM ET


Does the ignore feature on Paul’s site just work for bloggers or can it also include comments from members?

In any event, good riddance Primus.

Posted by dash_pinched on 11/23/10 at 01:30 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

I’d be willing to wager a dozen czech whores that Iginla does good things in Calgary’s community relations. He seems like a stand-up guy off ice. I can’t shit on him too hard for that alone. He certainly wasn’t C material in going after gator that late in the game. It was Rosby-like.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 11/23/10 at 01:37 AM ET

Baroque's avatar

Although really, redxblack, who else could he go after? He was trying to get a fight going to “wake up his team,” and as dubious as I think that concept is there was no one else he could count on as competent to fight with him. Given their roles on the team it was a bad, BAD trade for Calgary, but given size and scrappiness it would have been fairly even. Not like he was going after someone who never fought and would get pounded.

I feel bad for him because he has precious little help on that team and really hasn’t for years. It can’t be easy to know that you can’t count on anyone else to help you pull the offensive weight.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 11/23/10 at 06:38 AM ET


Posted by awould on 11/22/10 at 05:41 PM ET

Exactly when I lost all the great respect I had for Iginla as a captain.  They were definately losing that game so Iginla decides to lead his team in thuggery and perhaps injure their opponents to have a chance to win the next game.  If memory serves (which it may not) I don’t think the officials even saw that spearing either.

Posted by Dahrken from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/23/10 at 01:22 PM ET

Wings_Fan_In_KC's avatar

Iginla’s goonery a couple years ago in the playoffs was “enough is enough” moment for me.  I do not respect Iginla at all anymore.

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City... on 11/23/10 at 11:45 PM ET

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