Lots of Iginla talk lately, not by anyone on hockey circles so much but from fans and the media. I think this is a good thing, to mentally prepare ourselves for an Iginla-less Flames team. Iginla has been this teams top scorer for so long it's hard to get used to the idea, how could we win without him right? Well 30 other teams do it every night, and a lot of clubs have won a lot more than the Flames. This isn't all Iginla's fault or anything, he's been more than anyone could ask, but his time is ending as the Flames' go to guy.
I know the slow start business we always hear, Iginla always starts slow and kills it in November but hey...that's not good enough. 7 million means 7 Million reason to not start slow. Everyone that is close to Iginla, like Conroy, say he feels every ounce of pressure and it's hard. Just leave him alone. Well after the tissues are gone maybe he can cry into some 100 dollar bills or something. As a fan I want goals.
The truth is the Flames are a decent team, even above average but if you think Iginla is leading this club to a Stanley Cup we need to shake ourselves. Iginla has had his shot when he was in his prime and that window is gone, to win the leader has to be someone different. That doesn't mean Iginla can't be involved, his role could be as a secondary scorer but the question remains of you think that his salary justifies that?
I think the amount of much needed prospects, picks and the obvious return of a top six forward would actually be more beneficial to this club moving forward. This team is .500 and Iginla hasn't even shown up yet, they can live with out him. One of these years, maybe it's this year, October will run into November and December and Iginla will end up with 60 points on the year. Do we say it's just a slow year he'll rebound? It's important to get the highest value for him possible, I myself believe that is this years trade deadline.