NHL trade deadline primer: Western Conference

Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla (12) winks in the face-off circle against the Anaheim Ducks...

Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla (12) winks in the face-off circle against the Anaheim Ducks during their NHL hockey game in Anaheim, California, March 8, 2013. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:52 PM ET

The NHL trade deadline is set for April 3.

Will it be all talk and no action?

The discussions are certainly heating up as the league's 30 general managers try to put the final pieces in place they could need to carry a Stanley Cup in June.

Hockey columnist Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency's "Sultan of Swap", takes a look at the top five players available in the Western Conference and a team-by-team look at what each team might do in the final hours leading up to the deadline.

TOP FIVE

1. Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary Flames: He doesn't have to be shopped, he will be sought after.

There are several teams that want scoring help and they've been leaning on Flames GM Jay Feaster to make a decision on what route he's going to take with the 35-year-old Iginla, who will be a UFA on July 1.

Given Iginla's status, he should be allowed to choose his destination, where he wants to try to win a Stanley Cup.


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