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Flames GM adamant Iginla trade rumors are false

Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:26 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 4:49 pm

By Brian Stubits

On Thursday, one bit of trade speculation was squashed when Ducks GM Bob Murray said he thinks the talk of Bobby Ryan being traded is going to die down now that the team hired a new coach in Bruce Boudreau. It worked pretty well, the dreams have, for the most part, stopped.

Now Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster is taking his shot at stopping the rumors surrounding one of his Stars. That would be captain Jarome Iginla. The speculation has been circling around him wildly for some time. What team would love to have a veteran leader and scorer like Iginla?

While the Flames are struggling, Feaster told Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun. Rather emphatically, too.

“It is not true,” Feaster emphatically stated Friday morning at the Saddledome. ” Jarome Iginla has not been asked to waive his no-trade and Jarome Iginla has not demanded a trade or asked for a trade. There is no list. There is no smoking gun. There is nobody on the grassy knoll.

“What else do you need?”

Deals have reportedly been so close to done, all they needed were for Iginla to waive his no-trade clause and accept to be moved. The Montreal Canadiens were one team rumored to be close. Others have suggested the Dallas Stars, Iginla's original team, would be interested.

All the talk seems to have Feaster at his wit's end.

“Here’s the trouble. When it’s a non-story, and we have to stand here and rebutt it, the rebuttal becomes the story. It puts us in a position that I don’t know is fair to the organization and I know is not fair to Jarome,” Feaster said.

“One of the questions I have is where do these things start? Are they legitimate sources or is it a blogger in the basement in his underwear that says, ‘This is the rumour du jour’ and you guys feel the need to track it down.”

Ah yes, the old blogger stereotype. Well for the record I would like to state that I work in my pajamas, thank you very much.

But seriously, I see where Feaster is coming from, assuming he's telling the truth. It's a Catch-22, he can't let the rumors just fester and become a distraction for his team, so he has to address them. By doing that, he in a way legitimizes the rumors.

The best thing he could do is exactly what he's doing right here: Don't mix any words and flat-out deny. There will be plenty of people who still won't believe him, but it's his best option if he wants to quiet the crowds.

Now maybe he'll be singing a different tune when the trade deadline draws closer.

One player who could be on his way out of Calgary is Cory Sarich. According to Roger Millions (what a last name) of Sportsnet, Sarich has asked for a trade. Yes, that's correct, Sarich with a trade request.

With the news that Mark Giordano is going to be out indefinitely after partially tearing tendons in his leg, the Flames might not be interested in getting rid of a defenseman at the moment. But we'll see. The trades could pick up for the Flames.

Just know that right now they don't include Iginla.

Here is Feaster addressing the media on the matters at hand.

Photo: Getty Images

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Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:51 pm

Flames GM adamant Iginla trade rumors are false

You're terrible and don't know hockey.  Please stop embarrassing yourself on the internet.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 7:28 pm

Flames GM adamant Iginla trade rumors are false

I do believe that Montreal is not a team that can make a deal with Calgary. What do they have to offer? Gomez? Gill? Markov? The only thing that Calgary would take in return is 1st round picks(Multiple) and perhaps a D-man...Subban? Montreal isn't that stupid. Are they? And the Habs don't have what you would call prime young goal scorer's that they could dangle out there for bait. NEXT!

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:56 pm

Flames GM adamant Iginla trade rumors are false

Hey Jay..., get your head out of your ass and have look to the north; that juggernaut comin down the highway is the Oilers and they're gonna be kickin your Calgary ass for the next 5 years or more if you don't do something drastic pretty soon.  The best thing you can do right now is blow up this Fawlty Tower that Sutter has built, get some good young prospects and picks, shoot for last place in 2011-12 and you're only about 2 years behind the Oiler curve; and while you're at it, give Iginla a shot at the Stanley Cup; he deserves it!

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:13 pm

Flames GM adamant Iginla trade rumors are false

If the Flames have the chance to trade Iginla and don't, then they are dumber then I already thought they were.  Loyalty is great, but a Canadian team that hasn't won anything or done anything special for so long should really consider getting something for a talent like Iginla instead of letting him basically expire in Calgary and get nothing in return.  

Calgary is not a top free agent destination, this is the Flames chance to get a great package of young talent and/or good draft picks that will help them in the future.  It's not like they can lose Iginla and they just go out and replace him with the top free agent forward available.  There are far more appealing places for a free agent to go.....

Trade Iginla now while he's still worth something.... or the organization will suffer for a long long time when he's gone. 

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