Jarome Iginla is a healthy scratch for the Calgary Flames game versus Colorado tonight. The reason can only be that the long-time Flames captain is in the process of being traded.
The main, and most reputable rumour seems to indicate that Iggy is bound for the Boston Bruins.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to Flames fans since it’s Iggy’s final season of his contract and Calgary is essentially (though not mathematically) out of the playoffs again. The Flames are doing what any respectful team would do – give their franchise player a chance to win a Stanley Cup.
While this is (will be) a sad moment for the majority of Flames fans, there is a silver lining. Regardless of whether he raises the cup or not, Iggy will end the season as an unrestricted free agent, and you’d be crazy to think that he won’t be coming back to Calgary this summer. Iggy’s wife Kara, and their three children live in Calgary and after living here since 1996, one could argue that he’s firmly-rooted in cow town.
So, Flames fans, tell me: of all the places Iggy could end up (rumours were once circulating about Pittsburgh, LA, and Boston, among other cities) what do you think about Boston? If not Boston, where would you rather see him go?
I am officially 50-50. The good thing Boston has going for it is that they kicked Vancouver’s ass to win the Stanley Cup 2 years ago and they have a legitimate chance at it again this year. The bad thing going for them (for me, at least) is that I live with a Habs fan, so cheering for Boston would be enough to get me burned at the stake or have my coffee poisoned.
My personal favourite has always been Pittsburgh. Iggy & Crosby have a natural chemistry and play very well together, as we learned on February 28, 2010. But a Jarome Iginla-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin line could also be a fun one to watch… if you’re cheering for the Bruins.
For the sentimental ones out there, here are some Iggy highlights