Jarome Iginla will be traded by the April 3rd trade deadline. Where the Calgary Flames captain will land is another matter.
Various media reports have surfaced that Iginla has submitted a list of teams he would consider waving his no trade clause for, and that the Wings have not made the cut. However, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos believes otherwise.
The Red Wings would undoubtedly be interested in the services of a player who has been one of the most offensively consistent players of his generation. Iginla has scored at least 30 goals every year since the 2000-2001 season. And, Detroit’s odds of landing Iggy may have increased as the Penguins appear to be out of the running after having made two trades for Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray over the last 24 hours.
Although not the same player as in years past, Iginla’s presence would relieve a lot of the offensive pressure placed Detroit’s dynamic pair of Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. Imagine a line centered by Pavel Datsyuk and flanked by Johan Franzen and Jarome Iginla on wing. Scotty Bowman’s hall of fame ladened 2002 Red Wing team didn’t even have the luxury of throwing out a line with this type of talent.
Now, we all know the most pressing issue for the Wings is finding a horse on the backend that can eat up big minutes and burden the load of d-man Niklas Kronwall. Thus, I give you the Flames’ 6’4, 214 pound puck moving defender Jay Bouwmeester; a player who has been linked with the Wings going back to last summer.
The additions of Iginla and Bouwmeester would instantly catapult the Wings into Stanley Cup favourite status. But, at what cost?
A very high price is the simple answer. Quality prospects, picks, and NHL proven talent would be Calgary bound if there is any possibility of the Wings pulling off a deal of this magnitude.
Perhaps, a package including: F Valterri Filppula, D Ian White, a 1st round pick, F Tomas Jurco, and/or D Adam Almquist would be enough to make this blockbuster trade a reality. If a similar deal to this was on the table it would be a tempting offer for Holland and company.
However, no deal despite how large assures the Stanley Cup being awarded come June. The recent turnover on the Wings roster makes it all that more important for Detroit’s brass to be extremely mindful about cultivating prospects and protecting draft picks.
Yet, often in the world of professional sports the opportunity to win now holds precedence.
It’s your turn to tell us what you think. Should the Wings stay quiet on trade deadline day? Or, should Holland and company do everything in their power to put the Wings in position to win this year?