Jarome Iginla will get 30 goals this year. You heard it here first, it is probably the safest prediction I have made to date considering he's always got 30 in recent memory. My other prediction is that Calgary will not have a number one center for him no matter what.
You may think this is another easy prediction considering the salary cap of the Flames and their inability to move but I actually expect Darryl will try to redeem himself and make a big splash, possibly for a center. I will just make this known right now though, whoever he brings in will not work with Iginla. Why?
Iginla is the Anti-Chemistry.
I could probably play with Crosby for 4 games and get 6 points, Crosby is that good, yet at the Olympics, aside from one shining everlasting goal, they had very little chemistry. At the previous Olympics he played with Bertuzzi and they showed a little chemistry but it was realized very quickly that what ever they had left before Bertuzzi arrived in the Flaming "C". The Olympics before that he played with Sakic and Gagne, that's a pretty good line! Once again they had one decent game when it counted but the vast majority of the tournament they labored together.
Jokinen- Chemistry lasted four or five games.
Stajan- Chemistry lasted two games
In fact Craig Conroy enjoys the longest streak as Iginla's number one center and his years are done, sad but true. Langkow and Iginla seem to not want to play together, I am not sure what is up there but I will find out one day! Either way finding a center for Jarome is the NHL version of the quest for the Holy Grail. He simply just does his thing and bringing in someone just to play with him is a mistake, he will get his goals with whomever they put out there because his goals come from a rocket shot that has lost a little of it's accuracy year after year but is still elite.
If a trade is made for a center or a signing is made I hope it's for the future because the present is already fading, 30 goals might not seem like fading unless you talk about a guy who got 50, when he gets 25 and then 17 and then 15 we will have wondered what could have been if Iginla, as good as he is, wasn't the Anti-Chemistry.