By now, you’ve likely heard of Jarome Iginla’s “list”, a nebulous, highly dubious group of teams he’d be willing to join if the Calgary Flames asked him to waive his no-trade clause in advance of the April 3 trade deadline.
I don’t think it’s real, but over the weekend, the hockey world erupted with reports of which clubs happened to be on this list. The firmest report came courtesy of RDS correspondent Ren Lavoie, who insisted that the list consists of just four teams: Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, and Pittsburgh, the last four Stanley Cup winners. If this is true, it’s clear that Iginla is hoping history repeats himself.
Still, other insiders mentioned other teams. And On Monday, Elliotte Friedman even went so far as to suggest that Iginla might be willing to join the Vancouver Canucks.
There are multiple reports of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings. I was nervous Saturday about specific teams because there was conflicting information. Initially, the four mentioned to me were Pittsburgh, Boston, Los Angeles and Anaheim Ducks. I don’t like to guess and wasn’t certain.
Here’s the kicker, though. There are some excellent sources who say Iginla would go to the Vancouver Canucks.
Speaking with Friedman Monday afternoon, he clarified slightly what he was saying. Vancouver’s not a frontrunner to land Iggy, as sweet as that would be. (He would help, and imagine him with the Sedins — it’s like cheesecake for your brain.) But according to Friedman’s sources, if they were, Iginla would be down with that.
“I was very surprised because initially nobody mentioned Vancouver to me,” he said. “But there are some people who have been pretty bang-on about things in the past — three of them – who identified Vancouver. This is the best way to put it: they don’t think that Calgary would ever send him there. They don’t think it’s realistic. But if Vancouver and Calgary ever sat down and said ‘we could make a deal’ and they went to Iginla, they think he would go there.”
How weird would that be? It’d be like seeing career Maple Leaf Mats Sundin playing half a season in — actually, nevermind.
Again, this isn’t a report that the Canucks are talking Iginla with Calgary. They may be, but I doubt it. As nice as it is to imagine, it’s really not all that practical. Iginla would cost an arm and a leg, for one thing. Jay Feaster is reportedly looking for two quality prospects and a pick, and that’s from teams he doesn’t hate. Do the Canucks really have the depth in their pipeline to give up two prospects?
Furthermore, it seems pretty clear that Vancouver’s biggest need right now isn’t another winger, but another centre. And if they did acquire Iginla, would he just be a rental? Trying to re-sign him for next season and beyond could be a cap nightmare.
But for all the reasons keeping this deal from going from dream to reality, Jarome Iginla does not appear to be one of them.