February 22, 2013
End of Iginla's funk could come too late

Calgary Flames Jarome Iginla during a warm up at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alta. (AL CHAREST/QMI AGENCY)

CALGARY - After the Calgary Flames clash with the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night, Ray Ferraro made no bones about it.

The subject was Flames captain Jarome Iginla.

“That’s the best game I’ve seen him play start to finish in a long time,” said Ferraro, who was the analyst for the TSN broadcast of the 3-1 Kings victory at the Saddledome. “The funny thing is the people focus on whether he scored or didn’t score, but it didn’t matter if he didn’t score because he was terrific, and sometimes the puck just doesn’t go in.

“If he can dial that game up all the time, people aren’t having this discussion.”

The fact is, though, Iginla’s production is a discussion these days, albeit one of many surrounding the floundering club.

By no means are the Flames’ struggles all on Iginla.

The issues surrounding the club with a 5-7-3 record are wide-ranging ...