I also never really see why Krejci has to be traded to move Seguin to centre. Move Kelly to wing.
Even this year - as the roster stands you could ice
Lucic Krejci Horton
Marchand Seguin Peverley
Caron Bergeron Kelly
Sure Bergeron wouldn't put up as many points but if used purely as a shutdown line against other teams then the B's other two lines could run rampant. Or some other combination. But just move Kelly to wing.
Fair point IMO it does. I think Iginla on the Bruins would have at least one 80 point season in him.
The way I look at it is unless you plan on having Seguin as a career winger (which wouldn't be a good move IMO) you have to move Krejci at some point. He's more redundant than Bergerant and wouldn't make a good winger IMO. If you believe a better player will become available for a similar price then that's fair.
Unfortunately there are a lot of factors that need to be thought about if a deal like this was to be done.
Is Iginla so much better than Krejci that he makes up for the fact that he will be an UFA while Krejci still has 3? years on his deal? Is he so much better that Iginla as a wing is better than Krejci as a center? That is my biggest concern and even though you think Seguin should play center as do many people, I am unsure that having Seguin at center would be better for the team than having Krejci at center and Seguin at the wing. Krejci plays in a lot of defensive situations, it is how the Bruins are built, every center is above average at the least defensively. In case of Injuries they have Peverley and Seguin who can play center, it is the kind of depth that is needed to go a long way in the playoffs in my opinion.
Taking the 2nd best all around forward on the team out of the picture creates a pretty big hole than I am not sure Seguin is as of yet capable of filling on the defensive side of things.
Is Iginla that good that it is worth creating that hole on your team to get him? Sorry, but looking at the whole picture makes me doubt that this is the best move for Boston.
I think there are a couple of things that we can be pretty sure of and they are that if Calgary is actually going to trade Iginla at the deadline it is going to be to a Cup contender and that a Cup contender isn't going to trade their #1 center for a wing.
We know that last year Krejci and Iginla scored at nearly the same rate with Iginla getting a few more goals. We know Iginla is a leader and well respected player and has a lot of intangables. We Know Krejci plays the more important position and has proven that he can come up big at the biggest times.
I think it is far more likely that if Iginla is traded at the deadline he is going to get a couple of picks and a prospect or a couple of prospects and a pick with a player outside the core of the team thrown in with either of those.
If he is traded before the season or as soon as it starts the Flames stand a much better chance of getting a player that can be in the neighborhood of what Iginla is.
It depends what they want. I just think that most of the time that when players like Iginla get traded at the deadline they go for a combination of picks/prospects/3rd liners.
You are absolutely right, that why i asked the OP to precise the timing.
Calgary fan first, Boston second and this makes no sense for the Bruins. What would Iggy be worth to Boston, purely as a rental for a cup run, knowing he intended on resigning with the Flames?
Pretty stacked for the Bruins and Iggy gets a shot at the cup!