Hockey is finally back and it’s a brand new season for the Calgary Flames and captain Jarome Iginla. This season, with a 48 game schedule it’s a make it or bust situation for Calgary and their captain. Last year, Iginla scored 32 goals with 35 assists for 67 points, which was a 19 point drop from the season before. One of the big questions this season for the Flames is whether they should re-sign Jarome Iginla or trade him?
Jarome has played 16 NHL seasons, all with Calgary. With the trade deadline set for April 3, Calgary should trade Jarome Iginla if the Flames are not close to making the playoffs by that time and look forward to the future. But, if they are close to making the playoffs or hold down one of the eight playoff spots in the Western Conference then they should keep Iginla.
It has been three years since Calgary has made the playoffs, and last year there were rumours of him being traded to the defending Stanley Cup Champions the Los Angeles Kings. It is too bad general manager Jay Feaster did not pull the trigger and acquire future draft picks or a younger player.
On the bright side, Feaster has added a new coach, Bob Hartley. He also has signed Jiri Hudler and Dennis Wideman to the team, trying to make a push for the playoffs. Both have playoff experience and won the Stanley Cup.
This is Jarome Iginla’s last season before becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 5.
As nice as it would be to see number 12 finish his career in Cowtown, he deserves to win a Stanley Cup. If the Flames fail to make the postseason, look for a new GM and a bunch of new faces in Calgary.