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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.”
“I would like to have another shot at it. There are good things going. There are some strong young defenceman. It’s going to be fun to watch (WHL callup Sven) Baertschi next year. They have made some good moves.
“Whatever the Flames choose to do … we’re not far from being there. We will be a competitive team next year, no matter what direction they choose to go in.
“I still believe this will be a good team next year. I understand they have to look at everything.
“We’re all up for review. We will all be judged about whether we are in the plans. We don’t take anything for granted. I want to be here, but it’s no different from any other year.”
-Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames. More from Ian Busby of the Calgary Sun.
from Jen Floyd-Engel of Fox Sports,
There is a reason you do not see “Real Housewives of Montreal” and why hockey players for the most part remain virtually anonymous. Do not bother emailing me about how I am generalizing and how you are offended. I recognize not all of y’all are nice. I am sure there are some real jerkholes up there. Although, off the top of my head, all I can come up with is Nickelback (and their biggest crime is against music) and Sean Avery (of course).
The NHL, to its great detriment, plucks extensively from this frozen tundra of nice — which helps in finding Lady Byng candidates and kills them when trying to sell hockey down here. This is partially why there is no Igin-love.
Actually there are a couple of reasons, none having to do with Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla not producing Linsanity.
Of the 42 players to score 500 goals, only 15 managed the first 500 with the same team: Jean Béliveau, Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe, Guy Lafleur, Mario Lemieux, Stan Mikita, Mike Modano, Gilbert Perreault, Maurice Richard, Joe Sakic, Bryan Trottier and Steve Yzerman.
It’s funny how nobody ever asked Béliveau at the end of his career, or Lemieux or Richard or Sakic or Yzerman, why they didn’t want to move on to greener pastures when the fortunes of their current teams fell on hard times. It must be a sign of these mercenary times – that the motives of someone who demonstrates loyalty and commitment to an organization are questioned, not applauded. Strange how priorities can be misplaced.
-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail. More on what to do with Iginla from Duhatschek.
Iginla is the 42 player to reach 500 and only the 15th to score 500 with the same team.
I am as stumped as Jarome Iginla is with this question, if you can even call it a question.
Jarome Iginla is asked for his views on the coaching style of Darryl Sutter.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
“Its all part of it. It’s not new,” Iginla shrugged. “You’re asked the same questions at different times, but the focus is on the fact we have 60 games left. It’s a lot of hockey.
“There’s going to be a lot of changes over the next 60 games in the standings, and we believe we’re going to be moving up.
“Nobody in here has given up. We still believe we can be a good club and make the playoffs. That’s where the focus is.
“It’s just the way it works, the way media is, as far as Internet and how easy it is to just run with a story,” he continued. “It’s not always accurate, that’s for sure, but that’s fine. I’m not blaming anybody, but there are things you read that aren’t accurate and you just move on.
“The best way to stop a story is to win games and climb in the standings.”
from Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,
Team president Ken King and GM Jay Feaster deny they’ll shop Iginla, so if he’s to be dealt, he’ll have to make the trade request himself. But if Iginla doesn’t want a blemish on his good name, it’ll take King and Feaster to ask him to accept a trade.
When trade rumors linking Iginla to the L.A. Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins popped up last season, he claimed he didn’t want to be traded, adding he would only consider waiving his clause if management asked him – and then only if the return would provide immediate help for the Flames.
Neither side wants to be seen as the bad guy and as long as each waits for the other to make the first move, nothing will happen until his contract expires.
That could change later in the season, but even if Iginla agrees to be dealt, finding a Cup contender won’t be easy because of his $7-million cap hit for this season and next.
As talented and respected as Iginla is, none of the current contenders – the Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, L.A. Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks and the defending champion Boston Bruins – has the cap space to comfortably absorb his salary.
more and I know of one Cup contender that does have cap room…
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.
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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from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
His next closest competition is another handful back, with current linemates Mikael Backlund and Alex Tanguay and defenceman Jay Bouwmeester all at minus-5 for the year.
While Iginla’s five goals have him in a tie for the team lead, he’s nowhere near the top of the NHL charts in that statistical category, one in which he can usually be found.
But in a five-way tie for 685th prior to Wednesday night’s action, Iginla’s double-digit minus rating had him in a deadlock for the league’s eighth worst in that area of five-on-five action.
And while the merits of plus/minus can be debated at length in terms of what the number represents, there’s reason to be concerned when it’s your top offensive players being outscored on a regular basis.
Both Jarome Iginla and Nick Johnson received five for fighting and Johnson received a ten and a match penalty.
You will see Iginla motioning around the 30 second mark for a head-butt, but I think Johnson was just bringing his head up.
added 10:05am 11/9/11, another view of the fight plus a comment from Iginla can be seen below…
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
It’s unlikely his minor bout with back spasms that has kept him off the ice for two straight days — and possibly a couple more to come — is a signal the 34-year-old is breaking down physically.
Rumour has it he claimed the title of Fittest Flame once again this year.
But there’s a reason the group waiting for word from Iginla on his current status multiplied.
One day, his time in the NHL will come to a close. And it could be something that starts as a simple as back spasm that triggers it.
“I’m not that concerned. But I mean, I can understand — backs are a sensitive thing,” Iginla said when reminded these types of injuries have, in the past, turned from day-to-day to week-to-week issues. “When you get a stiff back — everyone’s had one — putting socks on are hard on certain days.
“Personally, I think it’s gonna be fine. I feel way better (Monday) than I did (Sunday), which I take as a positive.
“I don’t think it will be a lingering issue. I hope not.”
We’ll kick off our look at the top forwards in fantasy with a listing of the top options at the right wing position.
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From John Kreiser at NHL.com:
Here’s a look at some players who have a good chance to reach individual milestones during the 2011-12 season:
500 goals: Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Calgary’s captain and all-time scoring leader passed the 1,000-point mark late last season. He starts the new season with 484 goals after finishing third in the NHL with 43 in 2010-11—his best season since getting 50 in 2007-08. He was the top scorer among active players until Jaromir Jagr (646) signed with Philadelphia after three seasons in Russia.
With 10 consecutive seasons of 30 or more goals, there would appear to be little doubt that Iginla will get the 16 he needs to become the 42nd player in NHL history to reach the 500-goal mark. [...]
1,000 assists: Jaromir Jagr, Philadelphia Flyers
Reaching 1,000 assists is a lot harder than scoring 500 goals…
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We posted about this last night, but today CalgaryFlames.com provides more details of Jarome Iginla’s trip (along with Jayna Hefford and Marie-Philip Poulin, both members of Canada’s gold medal winning women’s hockey team of 2010) to Afghanistan this week:
The entourage arrived at 10:00 a.m. Kandahar time and stepped off the plane into 38 C temperatures. At that point Iginla became the first active National Hockey League player to pay a visit to troops in the field. The first stop was the outdoor ball hockey rink. It was here that [TSN’s Gord] Miller realized what he had known for a long time—the Flames captain is a special human being.
“He stood on that concrete floor for two hours talking and signing autographs and having his picture taken. Then he played ball hockey for 15 minutes in that heat,” said Miller.
The group attended various functions including a tour of the Task Force Kandahar Headquarters, a commemorative wreath laying and a social barbecue with troops. At the later, many of the troops who had taken photos earlier in the day had printed them for Iginla to sign.
“I know people in Calgary know what kind of person Jarome is. But he was incredible. It underlies the character of the guy,” said Miller. “I can honestly say I have never seen anyone that patient, that kind, with everyone. He asked some great questions. He was unbelievable. He had time for everyone. He just made everyone feel good.”
From Calgary Flames.com:
Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla was returning home Monday from a surprise, whirlwind visit to Canadian troops in Afghanistan with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
While on the visit, Iginla played some ball hockey, attended a barbecue with troops and signed autographs.
“It was an honor and a privilege to be asked by the Prime Minister to be part of this trip to come and meet and spend time with our troops,” Iginla told calgaryflames.com.
“I met lots of guys from Alberta as well. There are lots of hockey fans and it was enjoyable to talk with all of them. Everyone has been watching the playoffs and it was cool to see the hockey rivalries among them.
“It was also very interesting as I toured headquarters and much of the base. It was truly an honor to spend time with our service men and women far from home.”
Update May 31, 2011: More on Iginla’s trip here.