Trade best thing for Jarome Iginla and the Flames

With reports that he's submitted a list of teams he'd accept a trade to, it appears that Jarome...

With reports that he's submitted a list of teams he'd accept a trade to, it appears that Jarome Iginla's time in Calgary is at an end. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:18 AM ET

CALGARY - It appears the Jarome Iginla era is essentially over in Calgary.

And as sad as it is to have the most popular and prolific player in Calgary Flames history moving on, he and the franchise will be better off for it.

After 17 years of outstanding service with the Flames, its becoming more and more evident the 35-year-old winger has no plans to re-sign in Calgary before the April 3 NHL trade deadline.

Such disinterest essentially forces the franchise to ask Iginla to waive his no-trade clause so the organization can at least recoup assets as part of a trade as opposed to losing him in the summer without compensation.

Iginlas agent Don Meehan refused comment on the report, keeping in line with a promise from Iginla and GM Jay Feaster to remain mum on the subject.

Reports surfaced on the weekend that things have progressed to the point Iginla has given the Flames a list of four teams hed agree to be traded to the Boston Bruins, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks.

It only makes sense dialogue has been exchanged with all four potential suitors to move the iconic winger to a city where hell have a legitimate shot at his first Stanley Cup this spring.


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