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ESPN's Katie Strang suggests that Nathan MacKinnon is the Colorado Avalanche's "Most Important Player":
The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native had a bit of a sophomore slump last season, though he was sidelined for significant time with a foot injury and played only 64 games for the Avs, finishing with 14 goals and 28 points. Part of that dip in production was indicative of the team’s struggles as a whole, as the Avs regressed and missed the playoffs. And let’s not forget that MacKinnon was plagued by an unsightly 6.33 percent shooting percentage, which seems like a fluke more than anything. The good news is he was still creating chances, finishing fifth overall in shots per 60 minutes (11.01) among those who played more than 200 minutes, according to hockeyanalysis.com.
With Mackinnon set to enter training camp healthy, his production will be essential this season, especially given the departure of two-way center Ryan O'Reilly. Though MacKinnon has played primarily on the wing since joining the Avs, center is his natural position, so he could provide flexibility for Colorado depending on how things shake out with the rest of their lineup.
Matt Duchene figures to slot in as the No. 1 center, with the Avs hopeful that newcomers Carl Soderberg and Mikhail Grigorenko can fill important roles down the middle as well. The Avs already know they can count on last season’s leading scorer, veteran winger Jarome Iginla, for production (he had 29 goals and 59 points) and for Gabriel Landeskog to be a key contributor.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Overall, his legacy is cemented. In addition to starring on two Olympic gold-medal-winning teams, Iginla has won a case full of trophies – an Art Ross, two Rocket Richards, a King Clancy and the Mark Messier leadership award.
What he hasn’t won is a Stanley Cup, though he of course came achingly close when Calgary pushed Tampa Bay to Game 7 in the 2004 Cup final. More recent playoff runs fell short in Pittsburgh two years ago and Boston last year. Finding the right landing place as a free agent, in what he hopes is his final NHL stop, was critical to Iginla for personal and professional reasons.
“It’s hard to pick, especially now with how the cap works,” Iginla said. “If you try to predict what the final four are going to be, maybe you can do it, but for me, it’s hard to tell. They’re all so close. There are no teams you play now where you feel they’re so much ahead of you – and that wasn’t always the case.
“Right now, we’re playing some good hockey and getting better and we’re missing some impact players [Erik Johnson, Nathan MacKinnon]. That should – and I believe will – only get better. So absolutely, it was more than just about this year. It was about being part of a team that’s trending positively in the right way. And even though we had a step back in the beginning, overall, we’re going to keep getting better and better.”
Every time Iginla returns to Calgary, it gets a little easier for him, he said. His family is enjoying life in Denver, from his three kids’ schools to their minor hockey. He sees a lot of similarities to Calgary – “a lot going on, but not too busy. Maybe a little warmer.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
Given the climate within the game that has evolved over the past number of seasons there is heightened awareness and sensitivity to player safety issues. Ongoing studies conducted by both NHL and independent medical experts provide scientific evidence and newfound knowledge that is slowly changing attitudes and redefining acceptable practices and behavior.
This is being addressed in part, with the addition of new rules relative to protective equipment. Last season visors became mandatory for any player with fewer than 25 games of NHL experience (rule 9.7). In addition, no player is allowed to remove his helmet prior to engaging in a fight. If he does so, a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct will be assessed under rule 46.6.
You witnessed a continuation of the player safety theme on Tuesday night when Linesmen Scott Driscoll and Greg Devorski demonstrated their good judgment and quick response to intervene in an altercation before it escalated to full-blown fisticuffs.
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“We’ve got two good lines that we feel like he’ll complement either one — whichever one (Head Coach Patrick Roy) wants to put him with. And really with that power play and in front of the net he’s still got a great shot. And that leadership — you can’t have enough leadership in the dressing room and he’s definitely going to bring that.”
“Our core guys are young and we try to surround them with great veteran leadership that can help them get to the next level.”
-Joe Sakic, President of Hockey Operations for the Colorado Avalanche on Jarmome Iginla, via CBSDenver.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
It is fair to conclude therefore that Iginla’s No. 1 priority in selecting the Avalanche over a handful of other suitors - including of all teams, the Vancouver Canucks - was not the money. Iginla was always like that, come contract time. In his years with the Calgary Flames, he wanted a fair deal, but he wasn’t trying to squeeze maximum dollars out of them either. For eight years in a row, he made $7-million per season – the going rate for players of his stature (two Rocket Richard trophies, three first-team all-star berths).
No, the lure of Colorado was the chance to finally win a Stanley Cup on what is likely to be the final contract of his NHL career (and which will leave him just shy of $100-million in lifetime compensation). You can buy a lot of waterfront property in Belize for that kind of dough.
Iginla took a long hard look at where the best opportunities to win might be and based on conversations with both long-time teammate Alex Tanguay and the Avalanche’s president of hockey operations, Joe Sakic, came away convinced Colorado was that team. Iginla made the point to the Denver Post on the weekend that Colorado’s raw youth was not a hindrance in his mind – that the Pittsburgh Penguins won their one-and-only championship of the Sidney Crosby era when Crosby was 21 and Evgeni Malkin 22; and that the Chicago Blackhawks won the first of two with the current core group when Jonathan Toews was 22 and Patrick Kane 21. The point is, if the talent is precocious enough, then the age on the birth certificate is not necessarily an impediment to winning. On the contrary, it might be an asset.
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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
He comes to Colorado via Boston, in search of his first Stanley Cup after nearly two decades in the NHL. He is considered one of the game's classiest players, which makes it hard not to root for him as a sentimental favorite. Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy will help try to get him that first Cup.
This is the story line for Jarome Iginla, almost identical to the one Ray Bourque had when he came to the Avs in 2000 from the Bruins. A year after his acquisition, Bourque was handed the Cup by Sakic after the final game of his career, the definition of the storybook ending.
If Iginla ever raises a Stanley Cup with the Avs, he probably would receive the handoff from team captain Gabe Landeskog — just as Sakic did for Bourque after Game 7 of the 2001 Finals.
"That's a hope one day," Iginla said after signing a three-year, $16 million contract with the Avs last week.
But is it just a fantasy? Iginla wouldn't have chosen the Avs over several other suitors — including the Eastern Conference regular-season champion Bruins — if he thought it was.
from Tyler Dellow at Sportsnet,
On a great possession team, you can find guys to, in effect, serve as Iginla’s legs. He doesn’t drive possession anymore, but the hands are still there. In the right place—on a great possession team—you can incorporate him and expect to do well with others doing the possession work for him. Your possession numbers won’t be as high as they might be with another player but Iginla’s still a pretty gifted finisher.
All of which makes Colorado a pretty curious landing spot for Iginla. The Avalanche are seen by people who pay attention to the numbers as one of next season’s hot candidates to fall off badly. They finished only five points behind Boston in 2013-14 but, unlike the Bruins, they aren’t a great possession team—they’re a bad one.
The Avs did not have the best time of it as free agency opened July 1, either. They lost Paul Stastny, their only forward to post a Corsi% north of 50 percent last year, and they weren’t able to make any significant upgrades to the defence. Absent some significant internal growth, it’s hard to see them improving in terms of possession.
from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,
On his 37th birthday, Iginla signed a three-year contract worth $16 million, returning to the West after finishing the last two seasons with Pittsburgh and Boston. Iginla produced 30 goals for the Bruins last season, two more than Ryan O'Reilly, who led the Avs in that category.
"Jarome's track record speaks for itself. He is one of the top goal scorers of all time, as well as a great leader," Avs executive vice president Joe Sakic said in a release.
Iginla's 560 career goals are tied for 24th all time, and he is coming off his 12th career 30-goal season.
His signing spearheaded a busy and emotional day for the Avs, who seemed to rally from Stastny's rejection by gaining toughness and experience in adding six players worth more than $11 million in annual salary. Iginla is a gritty power forward, 34-year-old Brad Stuart (acquired via trade) is a skilled and hard-hitting defenseman making $3.6 million, forward Jesse Winchester ($900,000) will add depth to the fourth line and defenseman Zach Redmond ($750,000) is an up-and-coming find from Ferris State University.
As announced on TSN by Bob McKenzie.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
At noon on Tuesday, the chats that Don Meehan, Jarome Iginla’s agent, has had with his client’s suitors will turn into hardcore negotiations. From those dealings, Iginla could receive a two- or three-year offer that is guaranteed to trump the one-year extension the Bruins prefer.
At that point, Iginla will have a decision. He will return to Boston on a one-year, bonus-heavy contract to chase the Stanley Cup that’s given him the slip since his NHL debut in 1996, or the right wing will elect the security of a multi-year contract — with a team less powerful than the Bruins, most likely — and join his fourth organization in just over 15 months.
This is business.
General manager Peter Chiarelli will understand if Iginla walks. The No. 1 right wing, who turns 37 on Tuesday, is coming off a 30-31—61 season. Within the market’s context, Iginla is a top option among his competition. Iginla scored more goals last year than Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Ales Hemsky, Jussi Jokinen, Mike Cammalleri, and Daniel Alfredsson, the other unrestricted, shoot-first wings.
The theory was that very few free agent players were actually going to meet with teams' coaches or general managers during the "wining and dining period"--which ends today--because the draft's location in Philadelphia would yield too much of a hubbub (see: players being chased down by the media as they go from hotel to hotel and meeting room to meeting room)...
But the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Michael Russo reports that the seemingly inevitable marriage between Thomas Vanek and the Minnesota Wild will get a meet-and-greet kick in the pants on Monday:
With the free-agent market set to open Tuesday at 11 a.m. [Central Daylight Time], pending free agent Thomas Vanek was scheduled to sit down with Wild coach Mike Yeo late Sunday. General Manager Chuck Fletcher was not expected to be at the meeting.
For more than a year, Vanek has seemed destined to sign with the Wild. The 30-year-old former Gophers star turned down lucrative long-term contracts last season with the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders in order to become a free agent.
However, the Wild appears set to offer Vanek only a short-term contract, so he likely will have a tough decision to make Tuesday because it’s expected that he’ll have the chance to sign longer-term deals for more money with other teams.
But wait, there's more, especially in the, "WILD WILL SIGN EVERYBODEYZ" category:
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
It’s likely that Iginla will find a suitor more willing to give him better security, in years and dollars, than the Bruins can offer. The question, however, is whether Iginla would be in better position to chase his first Stanley Cup in a destination other than Boston.
The Black-and-Gold bosses remain confident in their group. Tuukka Rask (Vezina) and Patrice Bergeron (Selke) won awards in Las Vegas for being the best at their job descriptions. Zdeno Chara, runner-up to Duncan Keith for the Norris, is still within his window of dominance. There are many GMs who’d like to swap rosters with Chiarelli, especially if Iginla comes back.
“In a broad sense, I feel good,” Chiarelli said. “With Jarome or that type of player, it would obviously be better. We’ve got some players that are going to come up and bubble up. I always like that energy and enthusiasm these guys bring. I feel good. Our younger guys are getting better.”
The hangup is more about term than dough. The ideal scenario would be for Iginla to sign a one-year extension. The Bruins could stack Iginla’s contract with bonuses, keeping the cap number low, because he is a 35-or-older player.
It would be tougher for the Bruins to go beyond one year. The NHL does not allow 35-or-older players to earn bonuses on multiyear contracts. The Bruins would have to ship out salary to make it work.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Don Meehan, the powerful agent who counts Jarome Iginla among his vast clientele, has started setting up meetings with teams other than the Boston Bruins to discuss the veteran winger’s future.
Without getting into specifics, Meehan confirmed to Sportsnet early Thursday that Iginla’s focus is expanding now that the hockey world has gathered in Philadelphia for the entry draft — a turn of events that says more about the current state of the Bruins’ cap situation than the player himself.
This does not appear to be a case where an agent is trying to capitalize on the free agent interview period and create leverage. Meehan is simply protecting his client.
The NHL's free agent "wining and dining" period has begun, but the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Michael Russo reports that teams interested in some of the top UFA's-to-be will be sorely disappointed if they were hoping to speak with them in Philadelphia:
Last year, when bought-out Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier was seen in a New York hotel, reporters and TV stations camped out in the lobby. That’s why the agents of Vanek and Niskanen both say neither client will come to Philadelphia.
“The whole [interview period] isn’t working, at least from the player side, the way it was intended,” said agent Steve Bartlett, whose top two free agents this cycle are [Thomas] Vanek and Tampa Bay’s Ryan Callahan. “It handcuffs everybody when everybody’s sitting in Philly. The way this was envisioned was players could go into cities and see the schools, the neighborhoods, look at the facilities, go out to dinner. When someone has to make what often they feel is a pressure decision on July 1 or 2, they want to have a sense more than just what they might know from playing on a visiting team.”
It's believed that Callahan's close to re-signing with Tampa Bay...[edit: and while I was thinking out loud, I'm sure that the GM's and team officials know that these players won't be in Philly, and as such, they've probably already booked flights to the major agents' offices in Toronto, which are generally located in nondescript buildings near Lester B. Pearson International Airport]
Bartlett won’t bring any of his pending free agents to Philadelphia. Agent Don Meehan, whose agency, Newport Sports, represents pending free agents such as Jarome Iginla, Brad Richards, David Legwand and the Wild’s Matt Moulson, said he won’t either.
However, one agent who asked not to be named because he doesn’t want to create a distraction, said he might bring a “few of my lesser free agents.”
Russo continues, and while he simply says that Matt Niskanen won't be in Philadephia, either, it's intimated as his agent, Neil Sheehy, didn't comment per se [edit: Sheehy is based in the remote location of International Falls, Minnesota, so it's kind of hard to miss a GM taking a connecting flight to the border of Minnesota and Ontario at Minneapolis-St. Paul]; in his blog, Russo states that Bartlett will sell Vanek to clients based upon his body of regular-season work:
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The Boston Herald's Stephen Conroy ventured to Las Vegas to attend the NHL Awards, and he received an update of sorts on Jarome Iginla's situation--one hopeful, from Patrice Bergeron, and one literal, from Iginla's agent:
“He was a big part of our offense, a big part of our leadership as well last year,” said Bergeron, who is up for the Selke Award and the NHL Foundation Player Award tonight. “With the experience that he has and if you look at his stats and his numbers, he was so humble and he fit in right away with us as a great teammate and we definitely would like to have him back, but that's definitely not our decision. But hopefully it happens.”
In a text to the Herald, Iginla's agent Don Meehan wrote, “I will meet with Peter [Chiarelli] in Philly (the site of the NHL draft) in the next day or so.” He also wrote that Iginla will not be part of the meeting. Starting Wednesday, UFAs-to-be like Iginla can also being speaking to other teams, though deals cannot be signed until July 1. TSN's Darren Dreger reported that the Detroit Red Wings would be “in the mix” if Iginla hit the market. Another landing spot could be Colorado, where he could lend his experience to a promising group of youngsters.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Jarome Iginla, the 11th overall pick in 1995, was an excellent fit on the first line last season. Iginla had 30 goals and 31 assists in 78 games while playing alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci. The Bruins do not want to see Iginla walk.
But they may have no choice. They are already facing a bonus overage penalty, estimated to be around $4.5 million, for 2014-15. With the salary cap projected to be approximately $70 million, the Bruins will be forbidden from approaching the ceiling because of their penalty, the bulk of which stems from the $3.7 million in bonuses Iginla totaled as a first-year Bruin.
So while Iginla deserves a multiyear deal, it would be difficult for him to get it in Boston. The Bruins could offer Iginla a similar bonus-stuffed contract as a 35-or-older player. But such structure is allowed only on one-year deals....
“We’d like to sign Jarome,” GM Peter Chiarelli said during a conference call Monday. “He’s been a valuable player for us. It’s a good fit. We’d like to sign him.”...
Or Chiarelli would have to talk trade. Johnny Boychuk would bring the biggest return. The right-shot defenseman is under contract for one more season at $3,336,667. Boychuk will be due a big raise after 2014-15, one the Bruins won’t be able to afford. The hard-hitting and durable Boychuk would be a good target for a team seeking muscle and experience in its top-four group.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
This is how the Bruins locked up Iginla to a one-year contract with a $1.8 million cap hit. They promised Iginla $4.2 million in bonuses for a possible payday of $6 million. So far, Iginla has been well worth the investment. The drawback, as the Bruins always knew, is how it will affect next year’s books.
The Bruins are projected to carry an approximate $4.5 million penalty in 2014-15 for exceeding this season’s $64.3 million cap via bonuses due to Iginla, Dougie Hamilton, and Torey Krug. Teams estimate the cap will be around $70 million next season. The Bruins have about $62 million committed to next season’s payroll. They can exceed the cap by $4 million by exercising the long-term injury exception on Marc Savard as they did this season. But Krug, Matt Bartkowski, Reilly Smith, and Jordan Caron are scheduled to become restricted free agents. So is Niklas Svedberg, projected to be Tuukka Rask’s backup.
Krug, Smith, and Bartkowski could double their current salaries. If so, the Bruins would have trouble re-signing Iginla to a multiyear extension, which he probably deserves. Iginla would have to be willing to accept a similar deal: a one-year contract heavily stacked with bonuses. Teams are not allowed to include bonuses on a multiyear contract to a player 35 or older.
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Boston Bruins forward Jarome Iginla's left ring finger got all funky-looking via a dislocation suffered in a fight with Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler, as noted by Greg "Puck Daddy" Wyshynski...
But Iginla's playing in the 2nd period of the Bruins-Canucks game. I will warn you that clicking the continue reading button will provide a blood-free but no less yucky photo of a finger pointing in a direction it should not:
Last night I posted the tribute video the Calgary Flames did for Jarome Iginla's return and here is how it unfolded on the ice.
added 10:29am, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
Joe Colborne was no different than any self-respecting, red-blooded Calgary kid back in the day. He had the merchandise.
“The sweater?” blurts the homegrown centreman, taken slightly aback that you even had to ask. “Oh yeah. Of course I had one. A No. 12. With the nameplate? What do you think? With everything.
“Can’t remember when I got it exactly. Christmas? Birthday? I don’t know.
“I got it just . . . just . . . well, just because. Because he was my favourite player. Because he was EVERYONE’s favourite player.
“It seemed every person in town had one of those sweaters. You’d see so many 12s walking around on game days you couldn’t keep count. Now it could be a Monahan or a Baertschi or a Giordano. Back then you knew what you’d see when you got to the rink — an awful lot of 12s.”
Apt to be a few floating around the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday night, too, leftover remnants from what is now officially a bygone era, as Jarome Iginla marks his competitive return to this town.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins signed Iginla on July 5 to put pucks in nets, like he did on 530 previous occasions heading into 2013-14. Iginla leads the Bruins with 24 shots. None has gone in. Through seven games, Iginla’s been more valuable as a penalty killer and fighter instead of as a finisher.
The smile on Iginla’s face, however, indicates a player who is otherwise satisfied with his game. Iginla is creating chances on the first line alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci. On the power play, Iginla’s presence at the left circle on the No. 1 unit is freeing seams for his teammates. Iginla is playing on the penalty kill. He’s fought twice, both times against Tampa Bay’s Radko Gudas.
“At this time of year, I’m actually feeling pretty good,” said a cheery Iginla (0-2—2, 18:15 average ice time per game). “I’m feeling probably better than I have the last couple years at this time of year as far as shots and timing. A big part of it is being able to jump in there with Krech and Looch and their familiarity with each other. They’ve helped me fit in with them.”
from Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe,
“I remember saying when I was younger if I had a choice I’d rather win it (Stanley Cup) near the end of my career than at the beginning and never win again,” Iginla said. “I maybe shouldn’t have said that. I should have said I’d rather win at the beginning and the end and the middle.
“That’s what I should have said. That’s what I was really hoping for.”
He laughs now, ruefully. He has come from a post-practice workout with Zdeno Chara, another 36-year-old trying to hold back the hands of time. Iginla has left a place that was his home for nearly half of his life, coming to a new team and a new country, searching for what he couldn’t find with the Flames.
On his last day in Calgary, Iginla couldn’t play, couldn’t risk being injured, so he didn’t get to skate with the Flames a final time. It was just over. Conroy remembers him saying, “It’s disappointing. I just wanted to do it for the city. They’ve been so great to me. I wanted to be able to give them back a Stanley Cup, and I wasn’t able to do it.”
He always wanted to win it in Calgary, to justify that love affair. He couldn’t. Now he moves on, and tries to win one for himself.
from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
Three months ago, Chiarelli thought he had a deal with the Calgary Flames to bring Iginla to Boston at the trade deadline. But faced with a decision because of his no-movement clause, Iginla instead chose to join the Pittsburgh Penguins.
We all know how that worked out. The Bruins were bitter about Iginla's decision and took out their fury with an impressive sweep of Iginla and the mighty Penguins in the East final.
Iginla came away impressed. He loved the Bruins brand of play, and let's face it, Iginla fits in better with Boston's blue-collar approach than the Penguins firebrand ways.
So when it became apparent that he was no longer in the Penguins' plans because of their swollen payroll, he asked Meehan to look into the possibility of landing in Boston.
Iginla was smitten with Boston.
Iginla is so beloved across the country for his honest style of play, his approachability for media folks and his contributions as an Olympian that few want to actually spell out just how out of place he has looked so far against the Bruins.
He might be able to fill a third- or fourth-line role for Pittsburgh at this point, but it seems unlikely he can give Crosby or Malkin the type of player they can collaborate with against a hard-checking opponent.
-Damien Cox of The Spin where you can read more on Iginla.
from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Their hearts tell them they should be homesick. But their hockey sense says something else entirely.
Jarome Iginla was a fixture in Calgary since 1996, captain since 2003, franchise record-holder across the board and civic treasure from his arrival until however long that flaming “C” burns. He was as gritty as he was gifted, as committed to his craft as to the community.
Upon Iginla's trade to the Penguins last month, the Calgary Herald's editorial board penned the following on a page usually reserved for war, politics and other serious stuff: “If anyone has truly earned a shot at the Stanley Cup, it's Jarome Iginla. Good luck in Pittsburgh, Iggy. We'll cheer for you all the way.”
Iginla reached one Cup final with the Flames, in 2004. He lost to the Lightning.
Brenden Morrow was a fixture in Dallas since 1999, captain since 2007, franchise record-holder in penalty minutes and second in goals. Gritty, gifted, committed, community-minded … all that, too.
Upon Morrow's trade to the Penguins last month, a Texas-based blogger for SB Nation wrote: “What did the Stars get from Brenden Morrow? Everything.”
Morrow reached one Cup final with the Stars, in 2000. He lost to the Devils.
If new Pittsburgh Penguins winger Jarome Iginla signs as a free agent with the Edmonton Oilers this summer, I’ll eat a good portion of the NHL Guide and Record Book, which was 664 pages the last time I looked. I get it that it would be homecoming, a nice storyline. The grandparents are in Edmonton, and there would be a family pull for sure, but would a guy who was a member of the Calgary Flames for 16 years suddenly sign down the road in Edmonton at the first chance he gets? Could he actually do that to his old team? I’ve said it before, I think he’ll move to the Los Angeles Kings with his old coach, Darryl Sutter, for somewhat less than the $7 million he’s making now. It could be $4.5 to $5 million per season for three years.
-Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, where you can read more hockey topics...
Ron MacLean of HNIC chatted with Jarome Iginla today via satellite after his first game with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Iginla discusses his first game with the Penguins and the trade process.
Fans came to their feet while tise tribute was played on the scoreboard at the Saddledome tonight. Calgary players also stood and pounded their stcks on the boards.
Jarome Iginla bid farewell to the city of Calgary on Thursday with same the class and dignity he displayed on and off the ice with the Flames over 16 NHL seasons.
"I want to thank the fans in Calgary," the now-former Flames captain told reporters at a crowded Ed Whalen Media Lounge at Scotiabank Saddledome.
"I never thought I'd play here so long. It's a great city, a great community and a great place to live. Leaving is tough, but it's a great opportunity to go to Pittsburgh and do some good things there."
Jarome Iginla will be holding a press conference from the Saddledome in Calgary today.
It is scheduled to start at 12:30pm ET and can be viewed below and the NHL Network will be broadcasting it too.
update 1:15pm, Press conference has ended.
from Nicholas J, Cotsonika of Yahoo,
The Pittsburgh Penguins are not supposed to be able to add Jarome Iginla, not when they had already added Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray. Not when they already had last year’s Hart Trophy winner and this year’s presumptive MVP. Not when they already had a supporting cast that included other top scorers and character players and a Norris Trophy candidate and a Stanley Cup-winning goalie. Not when they were already on a double-digit winning streak.
Thanks to the hard salary cap, there aren’t supposed to be teams like the Detroit Red Wings of the early 2000s, who blew out their budget and stockpiled future Hall of Famers. There aren’t supposed to be teams like the New York Yankees of legend or the Miami Heat of “The Decision.”
Thanks to the hard salary cap, there isn’t supposed to be room on the payroll or the roster. The talent is spread evenly throughout the league. The standings are tight, if not from top to bottom, then close to it. The idea is that if you make the playoffs, you can win the Cup, like the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings did last season.
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announce that Jarome Iginla will be a healthy scratch from the line-up for tonight’s game versus the Colorado Avalanche. No further information will be provided at this time.
These are complex negotiations and the only thing you can be sure of is that Calgary’s hockey operations department is feverishly poring over the reserve lists of any teams they think will bid on Iginla – to see if someone there has the necessary upside to make the deal. Otherwise, it may go the way the Rick Nash talks did at last year’s trading deadline: Two months of feverish updates followed by … nothing.
And wouldn’t that be an anti-climactic result to the Iginla sweepstakes after all this breathless anticipation?
-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail where you can read more on the Iginla topic.
Perhaps Iginla should start using genf20 plus to add a few more years to his career.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Here’s the latest on the Jarome Iginla trade front:
-Calgary GM Jay Feaster is asking for goaltender Malcolm Subban to be part of any package from Boston. Boston GM Peter Chiarelli flatly refuses to include Subban in any package.
-Feaster, who is looking for two prospects and a draft pick for Iginla, has also approached Los Angeles about goalie Jonathan Bernier. It is believed that Bernier and a first-round pick would be enough to make Iginla a King.
-A Pittsburgh source suspects that GM Ray Shero may not be willing to part with the prospects required to land Iginla, but will stay in the auction to drive price up for Boston.
-Chicago was contacted by Feaster, not the other way around — and the Blackhawks are now discussing internally the cost of a rental player, and whether Iginla would be able to play the left wing behind right wingers Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane. Chicago has not made an offer to Calgary yet, nor received a trade proposal from Feaster. But if 20-year-old Brandon Saad is in the equation, “That trade is not happening,” said a Blackhawks source.
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Let's do this interview-style:
Q: Is he available?
A: Depends on who you are. Right now, he will only consider an elite group of teams with high Stanley Cup aspirations. The Flames would like him to expand that list because it increases their chances of a better return. Would St. Louis, for example, want in on this possibility? But Iginla's no-move protection allows him control of this process, so that is totally up to him.
Q: OK, what are the teams?
A: There are multiple reports of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings. I was nervous Saturday about specific teams because there was conflicting information. Initially, the four mentioned to me were Pittsburgh, Boston, Los Angeles and Anaheim Ducks. I don't like to guess and wasn't certain.
Here's the kicker, though. There are some excellent sources who say Iginla would go to the Vancouver Canucks.
A: For all the drama around the Lions Gate Bridge this season, the Canucks are third in the Western Conference and tied for the sixth in the NHL. That said, Vancouver is probably Calgary's 28th choice as a trade partner (guess who's last) and it fits with what Kevin Weekes said on Hotstove Tonight this past weekend.
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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Boston, L.A., and Chicago would be the only suitors for Iginla. He had four teams on his list of places he’d go to waive his no-move clause and Pittsburgh, one of them, just traded for Brenden Morrow, so they’re out. I think it’ll be the Kings, where Darryl Sutter stands behind the bench, but that’s just an educated guess. The Kings are using Justin Williams as their No. 1 right-winger and have had rookie Tyler Toffoli on the right side with Jeff Carter and Mike Richards on a second line, with Dustin Penner subbing in there. Absolutely, the Kings would take Iginla–maye moving the UFA Penner–but they’re also looking for a defenceman.
Iginla, who turns 36 in July, is somewhere in between the Bourque-Ilya Kovalchuk-Marian Hossa trade situation, all of whom had contracts ending. Bourque was 39 and fetched Brian Rolston, Sami Pahlsson and a first-round pick (Martin Samuelsson, who never panned out). Pahlsson was quickly traded to Anaheim where he won the Stanley Cup in 2007. Kovalchuk, then 27, brought the Thrashers Johnny Oduya and others, with Oduya the only player with staying power as an NHL regular. Hossa, then 29, went to Pittsburgh for Colby Armstrong, Eric Christensen, Angelo Esposito and a first-round pick. Strangely, the player who went to the Penguins with Hossa, Pascal Dupuis, is playing on the Penguins’ No. 1 line with Sidney Crosby; while Hossa only stayed there for a few months.
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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The goal for any general manager in a position to sell is the same – drum up a market for his available players. If Feaster can interest two or more teams in Iginla – or in Jay Bouwmeester, Miikka Kiprusoff, Cory Sarich, Lee Stempniak or Mike Cammalleri – then he could get some tangible assets in return. No one can say for sure what Iginla’s value is as a rental – or whether a team such as the Los Angeles Kings would actually sacrifice goaltending prospect Jonathan Bernier in order to get a player that might help them repeat as Stanley Cup champions. It’s all a guessing game right now, as GMs weigh options. There’s a lot of movement every year at the deadline, but only a handful of deals are ever seismic or game-changing. Moving Iginla though would be one.
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from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
The Iginla-mandated lack of options severely handcuffs whatever return the Flames may receive in return, naturally. And very well could, in the final analysis, squelch any deal.
Authentic contenders are not going to take the chance of meddling with chemistry that has put them in that enviable position in the first place. So Calgary is looking at recovering a pick or a prospect or something regarded as a spare piece.
Look, the Flames are never going to pull back what a percentage of this populace - nostalgia being a crazy, powerful, bewitching drug - believes worthy, but depending on what's actually on offer out there, the organization might simply choose to stay the course and allow the player to either stay or move on come July 1st. His choice, his call - and sell it that way.
That'd be infinitely easier than trying to attempt and explain away a beggarly return for a local icon.
Daren Millard, Nick Kypreos and Mike Keenan of Sportsnet discuss the trade options for the core group of the Calgary Flames, including Jarome Iginla and Mikka Kiprusoff.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Iginla’s agent, Don Meehan, has given the Calgary Sun an ominous update on the situation between the two sides, saying the Flames captain is “not currently in negotiations” with the NHL club he’s played with the last 18 years.
It’s a surprising revelation that speaks to just how close Iginla may be to opting out of Calgary to chase his Stanley Cup dreams elsewhere.
At this point, Meehan is awaiting instruction from his longtime client on how to proceed.
No timeline has been set for an answer, but with the April 3 trade deadline just 24 days away, it’s clear Iginla has little more than a week or two to let the Flames know if he intends to re-sign. Otherwise, the wheels will be set in motion for the most important trade in Flames history since Iginla was acquired for Joe Nieuwendyk in 1995.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
They are the same guy, in so many ways.
Jarome Iginla and Ryan Smyth. A northern Alberta kid who captains the Calgary Flames; a Southern Alberta kid playing most of a 1,200-game career with the Edmonton Oilers.
One, the face of the Flames franchise and favourite son of owner Murray Edwards. Another, whose flowing mullet and oversized beak are routinely seen on internet photo shops of Jesus, in a flowing white robe under shining light.
Both would die happy men if they could bring a Stanley Cup to their city. Both took it to a Game 7, but came away with nothing.
Today, at age 35 and 36 respectively, Iginla and Smyth are feeling the identical heat where it hurts the most. At home.
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
“We have a goal and a mission,” said Iginla. “We’ve been out of the playoffs for three years. This is going to be a shortened, intense season. We don’t need any distraction. I definitely don’t want that to be the talk.
“It’s part of hockey and you always talk about those things during a season, but I don’t want to contribute to that (distraction).”
Hence Sunday’s scheduled air-clearing.
“That’s why we felt it was best to address it in this way,” Feaster said on Day 1 of training camp. “We all recognize that Jarome is entering the last year of his deal — we fully understand the situation. But we’re not going to negotiate in public. We’re not going to talk about it publicly.”
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Iginla, the face of the franchise and the Flames’ all-time leading scorer, is in the final year of his contract and due to become an unrestricted free-agent after the coming season.
Considering his age — 35 — and where the team is in terms of Stanley Cup contention — long shot — the question of his plans is a biggie.
“I didn’t expect that question so early. Yeah, it’s right back at it,” Iginla said Monday after skating with a whack of teammates and fellow pros at WinSport.
“I’m really just excited to get playing again and have that opportunity to play in the NHL and compete here in Calgary.
“It would be my preference to stay here, for sure, and play on a good team, which I believe we will be, and to win here. It is home.
“That’s where my focus is, to get ready and have a great season as a team and play well for this team.”
What would the Flames receive in return for Iginla? That and a few more topics were discussed tonight on the Hotstove.
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Wanted to write a column on how Jarome Iginla and the Calgary Flames should handle the next couple of weeks. This kind of article’s been written 1,000 times by 1,000 people, so the challenge is to come up with something different. For better or worse, here’s the result.
MAIN CAST OF CHARACTERS
Jarome Iginla: Calgary Flames captain. The franchise’s all-time leading scorer. Hugely popular in the community. Reluctant to leave.
Jay Feaster: Calgary Flames general manager. With at least six expiring contracts, has his first real opportunity to bring new energy into the organization.
Murray Edwards: A self-made success; one of the Flames’ six owners. He is chairman and director of the team.
Craig Conroy: Close friend of Iginla’s who moved into the team’s front-office after retiring. Initially wasn’t happy with being traded from St. Louis to Calgary.
Don Meehan: Iginla’s agent. His firm - Newport Sports - has the NHL’s largest client list.
Ray Bourque: Hockey Hall of Famer who, after much soul-searching, agreed to be traded from his NHL home of 21 years, Boston. He would win that elusive Stanley Cup as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.
via Vicki Hall tweets,
Iginla on his future in Calgary: “I have no idea. I don’t know what next year holds. I can’t say. They’re going to look at everything.”
Iginla: Do I want to be on a team where we’re going to fully rebuild? I don’t know that I do. I think Calgary is a v good organization…
Iginla (cont’d), “I think they treat us all well as players, and I do think there’s a lot of things going.”