Up In Smoke, Part II: Autopsying The Flames’ Roster

May 2nd, 2010 by Tim Stein Leave a reply »
In follow-up to my last article which examined the coaching, management, and the club's President and their possible removal from their respective  positions, this column will now look at the team itself. Instead of saving the biest for last, we will start off with a look at Jarome Iginla. The Flames' captain and all-time points-leader has been bandied about by several people in the media as well as fans of the team as possible trade bait. At $7M per season, trading the team leader would definitely free up salary and at this time, generate quite a return for the Calgary Flames.  However, this potential deal makes no sense on so many different levels. First, despite two seasons of performing below expectations, Iginla is still the heart and soul of this team's offense. Several players and coaches around the league have bluntly stated that the way to beat Calgary is to shut down Iginla. Those of us who watch every available NHL contest the Flames play can attest to seeing this in action: The opposing team's shut-down lines key on "Iggy," taking away his passing and shooting lanes and making sure he stays on the perimeter as much as they can during games. The anemic offence ...

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