Iginla says time was right for trade from Calgary Flames

Jarome Iginla says the timing was right for him to be traded from the Calgary Flames last season....

Jarome Iginla says the timing was right for him to be traded from the Calgary Flames last season. (STUART DRYDEN/QMI Agency)

Eric Francis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:00 AM ET

CALGARY - Ask almost anyone in Calgary or around the NHL and they’ll tell you the Calgary Flames waited at least a year too long before trading Jarome Iginla.

Ask Iginla and he has a radically different take.

“I don’t think I waited too long at all,” Iginla told QMI Agency days ahead of his emotional return to the Dome Tuesday.

“I look back and I honestly try not to live and wonder ‘what if I did this or that?’ I don’t think to myself, ‘wow, I waited too long and things are great now.’ The last couple years were probably tough but it was the right time from my point of view.”

After years of insisting he wanted to finish his career in Calgary and win a Cup here, Iginla said the first discussion he had with management about the possibility of being traded came at the beginning of last season with GM Jay Feaster.


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