Feb 8, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla (12) warms up before the game against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion. Calgary defeated San Jose 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Could Iginla And Bouwmeester Be Packaged To Wings?

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.

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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?



Tags: Detroit Red Wings Jarome Iginla Jay Bouwmeester Trade Rumors

  • jay al

    The Red Wings would never give up that much for Iginla and Bouwmeester.

  • jsara18


    Just. No.

  • http://twitter.com/errbt Brian Tobin

    As much as I’d like to see a Franzen/Dasyuk/Iginla line, I’d say that the 2001-02 Red Wings’ line of Fedorov/Yzerman/Shanahan most certainly provided Scotty Bowman with “the luxury of throwing out a line with this type of talent”…in fact, I’d put that line ahead of Franzen/Dasyuk/Iginla. There was also, once (actually twice) upon a time, a line you might have heard of, known as The Production Line…they were pretty good as well!

    • Jordan Hoy

      All valid points. We’ll have to agree to disagree! I think if Yzerman was healthy in 2002 I might take that line too.

  • Peter Fish

    Bouwmeester and Iginla are upgrades over Filppula and White, but White and Filppula are younger. The first round pick will more than likely be on or around the 20nd pick which doesn’t give a great prospect and Jurco/Almquist are good in the AHL but could never make the NHL.

    Iginla’s contract will be up at the end of the year, but Bouwmeester will have one more season, which could help the Wings transition to a younger defensive core. White and FIlppula’s contracts are over at the end of the season and the Wings might not bring either back, which would make the trade even better.

    It s a toss up for me, but I would think long and hard about it if I was Holland.

    • Jordan Hoy

      I think jurco will be an NHL player. Not sure about Almquist haven’t seen enough of him. But, I’m sure holland is kickin tires on everything. Will be interesting to see what happens over the next week.

      • Peter Fish

        I wasn’t saying that they don’t have the ability, just stating that it could not happen because of a hundred different reasons. You never know with prospects, but you do with veterans.

  • Chris A

    “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.”





    Yeah, I’ll take 2002′s top line everyday.

    • Jordan Hoy

      No doubt those are great lines. I was just making the point that I like the line of datsyuk, franzen, and iginla over any of the possible combos of the 2002 team. but, the 2002 team had more depth that’s for sure.

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