Feaster flatly denies Iginla trade rumours
RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
CALGARY - No matter how hard he tries, Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster can’t make the rumours of a pending Jarome Iginla trade go away.
The Twitterverse was fluttering Thursday night with reports — created by people who don’t put their face or name to their claims — Iginla was the key part of a major deal with the Montreal Canadiens, and all that was left was for the Calgary captain to waive his no-trade clause.
Feaster initially didn’t want to respond to the rumours but did emphatically.
“It is not true. Jarome Iginla has not been asked to waive his no-trade, and Jarome Iginla has not demanded a trade or asked for a trade,” he said. “There is no list (of teams he’d go to). There is no smoking gun. There is nobody on the grassy knoll.
“What else do you need?”
Sadly, we all know that won’t be enough. After all, it was just last week Feaster and president Ken King kiboshed similar reports. Iginla denied them, too.
Iginla’s agent, Don Meehan, also said his client had not been asked be traded or approached about one.
Still, the whispers about the 34-year-old winger who has seven goals and 12 points in 24 games aren’t going away, and that’s bothering the team and the struggling face of the franchise.
“Here’s the trouble. When it’s a non-story, and we have to stand here and rebut it, the rebuttal becomes the story. It puts us in a position that I don’t know is fair to the organization and I know is not fair to Jarome,” Feaster said. “One of the questions I have is where do these things start? Are they legitimate sources or is it a blogger in the basement in his underwear that says, ‘This is the rumour du jour,’ and you guys feel the need to come and track it down.”
Feaster has repeatedly said he doesn’t want to trade away Iginla, who needs nine more goals to reach 500 for his career, maintaining the veteran is working to put his game in order at both ends of the ice.
“He’s constantly working on his game,” Feaster said. “There’s no doubt last season he made a concerted effort to be a more responsible guy in his own zone. He’s trying to be that guy. He’s trying to make sure not only is he going to be productive as he’s always been offensively, but he’s going to be a responsible guy defensively.”