Ray Shero tried all he could to bring Zach Parise to Pittsburgh to play alongside Sidney Crosby. In the end he lost out, which may turn out to be a blessing in disguise down the road when dealing with luxuries we already possess (Geno, Letang). The need for a capable winger, however, is still apparent. That's where the idea of acquiring Jarome Iginla comes into play.There's no doubt that Iginla would be a great fit on LW next to Crosby, as they've already proven they are a lethal combination. While it may seem like an impossibility to get a guy like Iginla out of Calgary, it may be more possible than one may think. Here are a few explanations why it is an entirely feasible possibility:
- The Flames are in, or should be gearing for, a rebuild of the franchise. The Flames haven't even made the playoffs since 2008-2009, and aren't likely to pull a Minnesota Wild and turn their franchise around in one day, let alone a year or two. With key figures of the team like Iginla and goalie Miikka Kipprusoff approaching the end of their careers, it may be in the best interest of both the team and the player to part ways. The Flames could add parts for a rebuild while the Iggy gets another crack or two for a dance with Lord Stanley.
- The cap hit is reasonable. While $7M may seem like a huge cap hit to take on, consider this: 1. Shero just offered around $8,000,000 a season plus a colossal $24M in bonuses to Zach Parise, which we would have to work around for 10 years. Clearly Shero is comfortable dishing that kind of money out to get a winger for Sid.2. The Pens just cleared up a ton of cap space with the trades of Staal and Michalek. 3. The cap hit is only for a year and even if we end up signing him to an extension, it will likely be around the same reasonable number.
- Shero wouldn't have to give up as much for Iggy as he would for Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan. It's now well known that the asking price for Rick Nash is insanely high. The asking price for Iginla may be a different story, as Iginla's only signed through one season. There's also the possibility that the two teams and Iginla could have an agreement to play out a year, have a chance at the cup, and sign back with the Flames in a year or two and retire as a Calgary Flame. That last part may be a stretch, but it's happened before, most recently Mike Modano's deal with the Red Wings and final deal with Dallas to retire as a Star.
- The deal wouldn't hinder our future with our current players. Unlike the deal with Parise, the amount and length of Iginla's deal would be simple to maneuver around when it's time to give an extention to Letang and Malkin.
- Iginla is worth the money. Iginla put up 43 goals and 43 assists in 2010-2011 with less than stellar linemates. He's missed something like 42 games in his entire career, while being somewhat of an enforcer. The most games he's ever missed in a season is 12 and he's played all 82 for the last five seasons. On top of that, anyone who's seen an interview with the guy knows he's just about the nicest guy in hockey. There's no better player I can think of that would bring a better veteran presence and leadership on the team. This would be a Bill Guerin type of influence on the locker room.