With the NHL's April 3rd trade deadline quickly approaching, star Calgary Flames' winger Jarome Iginla has reportedly submitted a list of five teams to which he'd be willing to accept a trade. They are the Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.
The 35 year old winger, who is an impending unrestricted free agent, has 8 goals and 13 assists for the 14th place Calgary Flames. While he's not the player he was in the mid-'00s, he's still an excellent power forward who could be the final piece to the Stanley Cup puzzle.
So what would it take to get Iginla in Chicago?
Let's take a look back at some of the bigger trade deadline deals of the salary cap era.
In 2008, Buffalo traded Brian Campbell and a 7th round pick to the San Jose Sharks for Steve Bernier and a 1st round pick (which became Tyler Ennis).
Buffalo acquires a 1st round pick and a decent role player for Campbell. Ennis has turned in to an important piece for the Sabres.
Also in 2008, the Dallas Stars acquired Brad Richards and goalie Johan Holmqvist from Tampa Bay for Jussi Jokinen, Jeff Halpern, goalie Mike Smith and a 2009 4th round pick.
Mike Smith was the key in this deal for Dallas. His inability to stay healthy in his years with the Stars made him expendable, but he was the top goalie prospect at the time of the deal.
The Penguins acquired Marian Hossa and Pascual Dupuis from the Atlanta Thrashers for Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, and Angelo Esposito, and a 2008 1st round pick.
The Pens load up for a Cup run (which they made) by trading a 1st round pick and some solid young players. None of the names have become superstars, but at the time, it was a blockbuster, and a great looking move for the Thrashers, who were nowhere close to contending and therefore had little use for a player like Hossa.
To get Iginla, the Hawks would have a couple of scenarios that could get the deal done.
1. 1st round pick and 2-3 top prospects. When I say top prospects, we're talking about guys like Jimmy Hayes, Mark McNeill, Brandon Pirri, Phillip Danault etc. Is Brandon Saad too much to give up for Iginla? I think so, but don't think the Flames don't insist on him as part of the deal.
2. A combo of prospects and younger pros with a mid level pick. A player like Viktor Stalberg could be a key to a deal for a star. At 27, Stalberg is entering his prime, and has evolved as a player. With his contract up at the end of this season, the Hawks already have a tough decision to make between him and Bryan Bickell. Calgary could re-up with Stalberg for reasonable money, and have a 20 goal scorer on the ice, instead of waiting for prospects to develop. Imagine a deal like Stalberg, Pirri + and a 3rd round pick for Iginla.
While we're dreaming of deals that may not come true...let's take a look at the Blackhawks' lines with Iginla on the team.
Sharp-Kane-Iginla (does Quenneville move Sharp or Kane back to center for accommodate another star RW in Iginla?)
Frolik-Kruger-Stalberg (Carcillo, Bollig)
That team rivals the 2010 Cup team.
The only question is who is moved from their natural position? Iginla, Hossa, Sharp and Kane are all right wings. Kane has played a little left wing, as has Sharp. I think the Hawks are strong enough to win the Stanley Cup without Iginla, but it would be amazing to see the top power forward of his generation in the Indian Head sweater.
Dream away, Hawk fans. The trade deadline is right around the corner.
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