NHL rumors: Jarome Iginla submits list of four teams for trade

This season Iginla has eight goals and 13 assists in 29 games. (Getty Images)
This season Iginla has eight goals and 13 assists in 29 games. (Getty Images)

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Ever since it has been evident that the Calgary Flames might trade Jarome Iginla, the focus has been on three teams mainly: the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings.

It's going to stay that way with the Chicago Blackhawks added into the mix.

Iginla has a no-trade clause and would have to consent to any potential trade the Flames might make. With the ball rolling on a deal according to multiple reports, including the Hot Stove on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, Iginla has reportedly given the Flames an approved list of trade partners consisting of the above four teams.

That's per Renaud Lavoie of RDS (in French).

Well, this should get interesting.

There's no real rhyme or reason to Iginla's reported approved list. Oh, other than the fact that they are each legitimate Stanley Cup contenders this season. So from Iginla's perspective, it seems pretty clear what he would be looking for if he is going to leave Calgary: a shot at a Stanley Cup.

None of this is terribly surprising. The teams have all been coveting Iginla for a while and are the truest definition of buyers at the deadline. Iginla would bring a lot to teams contending for the Cup. He can still score goals, and he has that leadership intangible about him teams would love to add.

Iginla is also an unrestricted free agent after this season. In short, he's the ideal rental player, and he is targeting the top teams in the league.

He also won't come cheap. Calgary GM Jay Feaster has a chance to be able to play bids against each other and try to get exactly what he wants in return for Iginla. If he is going to trade away the face of his franchise, it better be worth it. He will likely be looking for help in goal -- in the LA rumors, Jonathan Bernier has been mentioned as a possibility to go to Calgary -- and youth. Feaster will want NHL-ready prospects since he doesn't seem at all interested in "rebuilding."

There are less than two weeks remaining before the April 3 trade deadline and the market has its clear headliner. Let the bargaining begin.

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