What did people expect for a Liggy return?
They are lucky they got what they did.
Iggy should have been traded 2 years ago
Well, I'd say quite a bit more considering what Brenden Morrow got Dallas. And even Morrow had a NMC or NTC. Logically speaking, how does Brenden Morrow net the return he did, only for Iginla to net the return he did?
It just doesn't make sense. Morrow is a 3rd liner at this point, can likely...maybe... get away with playing on the 2nd line with a guy like Malkin. Iginla can still play 1st line. Not to mention the prospects Pittsburgh has in their system... Maatta, Harrington, Pouliot, etc. MAKE them give at least ONE of them up. Remember, they are coming to YOU, they want YOUR player. Calgary should have at least been somewhat in the drivers seat in these negotiations. Even if Pittsburgh was the ONLY place Iggy would go.
Jordan Staal wanted to go to Carolina, it was well documented, and he wasn't going to re-sign with any team he was traded to because after this season he was set to be a UFA. So, Pittsburgh was in a corner there but even they got a damn good deal for J. Staal (Dumoulin, 1st round top 10 pick and Brandon Sutter). Competent GM's, even when backed into a corner, can make a good hockey trade.
If I were a Flames fan, I would much rather the package Morrow got than what Iginla just got. I mean, both Morrow and Iginla are nearly identical in age, both set to be UFA's, etc. It's just baffling.