Jarome Iginla will not be traded this season.
At least that’s what the Flames captain has been told by the club.
In the midst of growing speculation Iginla is primed for relocation because of his team’s early struggles, the Sun has learned Iginla sat down with a team official and was told he wouldn’t be asked to wave his no-trade rights this season.
Iginla received a similar message from the owners late last season to ease his mind down the stretch and over the summer.
There was clearly concern that recent reports linking him to Los Angeles were playing a role in his struggles over the first quarter of the season, so the club set him straight.
Not coincidentally, he’s been solid his last three outings, which included a hat-trick in one of the club’s biggest wins in years Friday against Chicago.
No matter how the team’s hellacious five-game road swing goes this week or how far back the club may fall out of the playoff picture, there’s simply no plan to part ways with the team’s biggest asset.
And really, that makes sense.
First, if things continue to go off the rails — as many predict — the club’s biggest decision will revolve around whether GM Darryl Sutter will remain as the club’s architect.
If he does remain, he won’t have the power to trade No. 12.
If Sutter is ousted, suffice it to say no newcomer will want to be known as the guy who traded away the most popular player in franchise history. At least, not in his first year at the helm.
On the flip side, if the Flames are in fact better than they’ve shown and manage to crawl back up the standings by Christmas, Iginla will likely be one of the main reasons why.
Either way, despite his struggles the last year, the Flames’ owners still covet Iginla, who has two years left on his deal at $7 million a season.
Iginla, who has six goals and seven assists in 18 games, said last year he’d agree to a deal if he’s no longer wanted by the club, which certainly won’t be the case this year.
Twitter me this
Nothing has been said about the actual contents of the social media policy put forth by Coyotes GM Don Maloney. The one-page document, which was derived from an NFL team’s policy, cite that even if you’re not playing there’s no tweeting/facebooking on game days (from morning skate until post-game.), no swearing, talk of strategy or injury disclosures. Everything has to be “professional and respectable” and nothing derogatory can be said about your team. Offenders would be subject to disciplinary action as dictated by their team. The idea is that teams need something in place so they can discipline someone for crossing the line.
Campbell straight shooter
Instead of lashing out at league disciplinarian Colin Campbell for his frank emails, shouldn’t somebody give credit to the league’s favourite whipping boy for ridding the loop of a sub-par official?
As on GM told me: “I’ll bet if you surveyed 30 GMs, not one would say it’s a concern or there’s a smoking gun here.”
Isn’t bias inherent in any workplace? As far as calling Marc Savard a “faker,” he was just being honest, which is all part of a job aimed partly at helping officials be better.
In a world filled with athlete-speak, thank god for people like Campbell for speaking their minds.
Isles be damned
Islanders replacement coach Jack Capuano was 6-9 with Bridgeport and hadn’t guided the Isles’ top farm club to a playoff series win in four seasons, making him a perfect fit for the worst-run franchise in pro sports. The Isles haven’t won a playoff round since 1993, which is just one of the many reasons why John Tavares will inevitably refuse to re-sign with the club after next season.