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Garbage-bag day at 'Dome

IAN BUSBY and RANDY SPORTAK , QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:46 PM ET

Jarome Iginla has tried putting to rest that he and Flames head coach Brent Sutter have any issues.

As the Calgary Flames completed garbage-bag day, the captain also said the decision to move him is up to management and he didn't see any locker-room issues before the trades of Dion Phaneuf and Olli Jokinen.

“We didn’t perform on the ice,” Iginla said as he met the media Wednesday afternoon.

“I have no issues with Brent. I think our coaching staff is well-prepared and they have won a lot. The guys bought into it. We make mistakes on the ice and we may not look like we’re doing the right things all the time but it’s not because we don’t want to or we disagree with the coach.

“I read that a lot. Honestly it isn’t the case. I have a good relationship with Brent so that isn’t true.”

There is much talk about the Flames trading Iginla this off-season but the right-winger has a no-trade clause.

He said again he likes Calgary and would like to stay, but added he would respect the Flames if they wanted to part ways.

“The organization is going to look at what they want to do and they have decisions to make,” Iginla said. “If they want me here, I do want to be here. It’s not because it’s easy or comfortable. I want to win.

“There is only so many years and they go by fast. With some adjustments, we can be a lot better than we were this year.

“We can do it here. I’m not giving up on that. I don’t want to make them keep me either. If the team wanted to go in a different direction, it’s part of hockey. I do enjoy playing here and I do believe we can win here.”

As for the talk of a divided locker-room before Jokinen was shipped to the New York Rangers and Phaneuf to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Iginla said that wasn’t the case.

“Playing (with Olli), we didn’t produce as we wanted to as a line,” Iginla said. “He was a good guy. I heard about it before he came that maybe he wasn’t the best dressing room guy or maybe a little selfish, but I didn’t see it. We didn’t produce on the ice but it wasn’t because he complained or wasn’t happy. He enjoyed playing here. He was a good teammate and that wasn’t an issue.

“Before he comes, you are wondering. Some guys get bad raps and missing the playoffs is part of it. When you are on a winning team, you are a winner and everybody else gets a bad rap. That’s the case with him.

“With Dion, I enjoyed playing with him. I loved his intensity. I still do. He’s an outspoken guy. Not everybody on every team gets along all the time. That’s the case every year. There are arguments and different things.

“I don’t believe we had anything. There are times when guys are battling with coaches, but this year we just didn’t perform. I don’t believe it was the case.”


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