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Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff lets in a goal as Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers and Flames...

Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff lets in a goal as Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers and Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman look on at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., March 26, 2013. (JIM YOUNG/Reuters)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:48 AM ET

CHICAGO - The fate of Jarome Iginla’s future supersedes the actual games from this point forward for the Calgary Flames.

Oh sure, the Flames can talk about still being alive, still having hope and still believing they can mount a run for a playoff spot.

Results such as the 2-0 loss at the hands of the league-leading Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday night, say otherwise.

With 17 games remaining, a Flames team which has failed to even put together a three-game winning streak this season, sits 14th in the Western Conference, six points out of a playoff spot and on the way to missing the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season.

Which is why whether Iginla, the face of the Flames franchise and all-time leading scorer, is actually traded and to where will dominate the talk each and every day until the April 3 deadline, and somehow try to be at his best every outing

He wasn’t in Chicago, albeit he was hardly alone in that regard.

“No excuses. I wasn’t good enough tonight,” Iginla said. “Didn’t create enough for the group. My job is to be ready for the games and get better.

“We had a chance to build on last game.

“We got out-competed tonight, all of us, except for Kipper (Miikka Kiprusoff).”

Iginla continues to try dodging the trade speculation talk — ramped up on the weekend with reports he’s submitted a list to the club of teams he’ll accept a trade to before the April 3 deadline.


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