Who can the Flames really target this offseason?
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01-31-2011, 01:59 PM
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You move Iggy because it accelerates the rebuilt. Not only do you get the $7M in cap space, to a play-off bound team he is probably worth a first round pick and a quality prospect.
The Flames are not going to be competitive for 2-3 years. Not many elite players have had a late career resurgence after 33 or 34 and their production has tailed off. Iginla has maybe 2-3 years of high level hockey left in him. Every year that his production declines, the return on Iginla diminishes. I think if Feaster gave Jerome the option of being traded to an up an coming team like the Kings where he would likely have Kopitar as his center and Doughty / Johnson on the point, he would readily waive his NTC rather than baby sit a rebuilding Flames team with no talent to work with.
The only reason to keep him around would be to lead / mentor the next batch of young stars. But if you don't trade him, there won't be enough talent for him to mentor.
The Flames are better off keeping Iginla, even if he is declining, if the price is a mid-late first and a mid-level prospect. Unless Iginla, or a package containing him, brings you a young first liner or a prospect likely to develop into that, you keep him.
Your suggestion of Thomas Hickey and a 1st is abysmal. Thomas Hickey is looking like he may never develop into an NHL player, let alone a 1st. Schenn is the only prospect that the Kings have that makes an Iginla move worth it. If Schenn is not available then they keep Iggy.
Edit: I also saw you suggested Forbort....He would be way behind on the Flames depth chart. They just jetisoned Aulie, who is a better prospect, what possible need do the Flames have for another mediocre defensive prospect?
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