ANAHEIM — Just when the rumour mill surrounding Jarome Iginla had quieted, it’s back up and running.
After the morning skate in anticipation of facing the Anaheim Ducks, the Calgary Flames captain was asked about the possibility of being traded, which hasn’t been broached in the Stampede City for a couple of months.
“I think we’re going to be a playoff team. I believe that,” said Iginla, who has a no-movement clause in his contract, so he holds the cards in that regard. “I don’t want speak about the Eastern Conference, but the Western Conference, it’s tight. I don’t think there’s any heavy, favourite front-runner. I think if you make it into the playoffs, you’ve got a shot.”
The NHL trade deadline is Feb. 27, so we probably should be bracing for more and more attention to Iginla and his future with the team — even though he has another year on his contract — if the Flames can’t pull into a playoff spot.
Iginla said he’s not even thinking that way.
“I believe we can make it here. We’re four points out but that can change very quickly. That’s where the focus is,” he said. “I haven’t kept up on (any rumours). I don’t know where I’m supposed to be going or who’s going where or what. The focus is totally been on getting better here and we need to put a streak together and get in the playoffs ourselves.
Otherwise, a very quiet morning skate.
The Flames will go with the same lineup as Friday’s 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
As for the Ducks, the most interesting thing is seeing former Flames castoff Niklas Hagman has been demoted to the fourth line.