"As far as the rumors and stuff, it will work itself out in five or six days or whatever it is and we’ve been dealing with it now for a few weeks. Like I say, five or six days will go fast. Whatever transpires with this team between now and the deadline, it can’t come fast enough,” he said after the Flames’ loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.
As with every trade derby, the field appears to be narrowing for Iginla, who is in the last year of a 5-year deal that pays him $7 million annually.
It’s thought he would only approve a trade to a team that would give him a long-term extension. His alleged “list” of preferred destinations include the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks.
But the Pittsburgh Penguins landed Stars forward Brenden Morrow, ostensibly because they’re out on Iggy. The Los Angeles Kings would appear to be too cap concerned to add Iginla, with a trio of young restricted free agents coming up. The Ducks added a wee bit of salary recently for next season. The Chicago Blackhawks would like Iginla as a rental player rather than a long-term piece; plus, as Mark Lazerus explained:
But the Hawks likely are a long shot to land Iginla, for a variety of reasons. For one, he doesn’t fit neatly into the Hawks’ top two lines. The team is pretty well set at right wing with Marian Hossa and Kane, meaning either Iginla or someone else would have to play out of position. The Hawks, as general manager Stan Bowman said last week, are more likely in the market for depth at center, particularly a player who’s strong on faceoffs.
A team that’s not looking for a center: The Boston Bruins, who not coincidentally also appear to be the frontrunner for Iginla by a country mile.Read More »from Jarome Iginla Derby: Boston Bruins in driver’s seat as trade deadline nears