“Take the point totals aside, my biggest struggle is finding him in the play, making plays, creating scoring chances, making things happen offensively for the team,” Warrener said. “Where’s the scrap he used to get in?”
Iginla is in the final year of his three-year, $21 million contract, and there is significant buzz around whether or not the 35-year-old scorer will be moved prior to the April 3 trade deadline.
“We all think, trade him. There’s your solution. Well, for what?” Warrener said. “The next thing is, don’t trade him. Fine. Well, what’s Jarome willing to accept in the offseason from the Calgary Flames as a free agent? Does he want $7.5 million? Because I don’t think the Flames can pay him seven and a half. Through the first 10 games, he hasn’t proven he’s their top guy.”
Warrener, 37, retired in 2009 and rounded out his 12-season NHL career with four seasons alongside Iginla in Calgary. The players were both part of the Flames’ run to the Stanley Cup final in 2004.
The Flames (3-4-3) host the Dallas Stars on Wednesday.