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Iggy stays positive amid trade talk

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:43 AM ET

Sure, there are rumours aplenty Calgary Flames stars such as Jarome Iginla should be on high alert for a potential trade that will send them away now that Darryl Sutter has been replaced by Jay Feaster as the GM.

Iginla isn’t fretting.

Part of that is because many others in the dressing room, including Iginla, have no-trade or no-movement clauses, so any deal would require their respective blessings.

In Iginla’s mind, the solution for players who don’t want to leave Calgary is simple — win more games.

“I think the organization is going to look at where they feel we’re going as a team. We know as players the only way there will be less movement is to win games and get back in the playoffs,” the captain said. “That’s our goal, and we believe it is possible, and the rest of the stuff — the speculation — comes if you’re not winning.”

Iginla has been the subject of so many rumours, the club’s hierarchy told him earlier this season he wouldn’t be asked to sign off on a deal.

Seeing as there are many others with varying amendments in their contracts that put them in a similar situation, the business-as-usual attitude around the Saddle-dome Wednesday was understandable.

And while Iginla understands people perceive those clauses as a negative for the team, he’s quick to point out the players who believe they can make the playoffs will be able to work without extra stress.

“From our dressing room, it is a positive. Everybody isn’t walking on eggshells and staring at each other wondering who’s next,” Iginla said. “Our focus is in a good place. We think we’re going to get on a run. We think we’ve started it. When you don’t (have those clauses), you do talk about it. You go to dinner, and you wonder, ‘Oh man, is it me? Is it tomorrow? Is it you? Is it tomorrow?’ We can just focus on playing.”

That’s what the Flames will do Friday when the Colorado Avalanche come to town.

The Flames are riding a two-game winning streak, but even while sitting 14th in the NHL’s Western Conference, they believe they can make the playoffs.

“I really do,” Iginla said emphatically. “The feeling is we’re ready to go for a run and that we’ve started it. We know we have a ways to go, but it’s definitely possible.

“We can still have a great second half and feel good about our chances of climbing back in. Guys are all starting to see it and feel it that we’re getting better.”

A day after Sutter officially resigned, Iginla said he hadn’t yet contacted his former boss.

“I tried, but I imagine he’s getting a lot of calls and would be pretty emotional. My relationship with him goes back to having him as a coach. He’s been here eight years ,and we were in the playoffs a lot and had good runs,” Iginla said. “It’s hard, and it’s a little bit different getting up today because he’s been part of the organization, and now he’s not. We know he’ll be fine, and he’s a strong guy and accomplished a lot. But it’s definitely different.”


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