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03-25-2013, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by madmike77 View Post
No - they can't afford to trade him for a poor package.

You have to look at how it gets presented to fans. If Iginla is a UFA and leaves at the end of the season that's on Iginla - completely his own choice. Sucks the Flames get nothing for him, but they can say they tried to deal him, didn't get a good package and then tried to keep him.

If the Flames trade Iginla for next to nothing, there's no good way to sell that to fans.

If the offers are all poor they really are better off just letting him walk for nothing.
There's probably some truth to this, but the team most certainly won't be better off in the end just letting him walk. The fans perception of the head office might be somewhat salvaged but unless they can make a quick turn around and turn Calgary into a consistent contender that will quickly change.

Most fans aren't stupid.

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