Feaster does what he can to quash Iginla rumours

- December 2nd, 2011

For all those who keep saying the Flames are trying to trade Jarome Iginla, GM Jay Feaster has a resounding message

“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?”

Iginla has been the subject of an endless stream of rumours, the latest going through the Twitterverse saying a deal with the Montreal Canadians had been done and only needed the Calgary captain’s approval.

Feaster and team president Ken King last week said there was no truth to any deals regarding Iginla, and is understandably frustrated with the strain it’s causing Iginla.

“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.”

In other Flames news, an MRI showed defenceman Mark Giordano has suffered a ruptured tendon to his hamstring. He’ll be shut down for three weeks before being re-evaluted.

“We’re going to need a lot of guys to step up in this situation,” Feaster said.

Giordano, who was No.-2 on the team in terms of ice time per game, has collected four goals and eight points in 23 games this season.

“Not news you want to hear,” said Giordano, who suffered the injury while blocking a shot in Tuesday’s clash with the Nashville Predators.

“Just an innocent play,” he said. “On the way back up, I think what happened is my skate got caught in a rut in the ice. I felt a sharp pain in the back of my leg. I knew something was definitely wrong.”

The Flames have summoned defenceman Joe Piskula from the AHL Abbotsford Heat to have seven healthy blueliners, and he may be in the lineup when the club faces the Edmonton Oilers Saturday night.

Speaking of blueliners and trades, Cory Sarich has reportedly asked to be dealt, which Feaster wouldn’t confirm or deny.

Sarich, who is the final year of a contract with a US$3.6 million cap hit, was scratched in four games and nine of 11 prior to suiting up against the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night.

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