Could Stars be in Market for Iginla?

by Dan M | Posted on Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Ask any longtime Dallas Stars fans what the first two words he thinks of when the name “Jarome Iginla” is brought up, and undoubtedly they will be “Joe Nieuwendyk.” The Stars drafted Iginla in 1995 and traded him to the Calgary Flames in December of that year to acquire Nieuwendyk, a high-scoring center who the Stars felt would give the freshly relocated team some credibility and leadership.

 

It ended up landing the Stars a pair of President’s Trophies, three trips to the Western Conference finals, two Stanley Cup Finals appearances and the franchises lone championship in 1999. Nieuwy was so pivotal on that squad that he ended up skating away with the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

 

Iginla became the face of the Flames franchise and one of the most respected players in the league. His trophy case is filled with just about every award possible, except a championship and he currently ranks 44th in NHL history with 490 goals. He’s topped the 40 goal plateau four times and scored 50 or more twice.

 

And now, with the deep-pocketed new ownership in place for the Stars, it was only a matter of time before the trade rumors started circulating around them like they do with the Mavericks and Rangers.

 

From yesterday’s Toronto Sun:

Keep an eye on the Lone Star State.

Tom Gaglardi, 43, a Vancouver-based businessman who finally realized his dream of owning an NHL team when he officially took over the Dallas Stars last week, could get aggressive in trying to get the club back on the hockey map.

While Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla would have to agree to waive his no-movement clause, don’t be surprised if the Stars show interest in trying to pry the 34-year-old winger back to Dallas, the team that drafted him in 1995.

Not only would Iginla help put the Stars back on the map, it just so happens Gaglardi is partners with Iginla, Mark Recchi, Darryl Sydor and Phoenix captain Shane Doan in the ownership group of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers.

The belief is Gaglardi is going to give GM Joe Nieuwendyk the resources to spend. The Stars have a $51-million payroll and they can afford to take on the salary of a superstar after allowing Brad Richards to walk last summer.

The possibility of the Flames trading Iginla has always been scoffed at, but if they decide to go that route by doing a complete rebuild, there are going to be a lot of suitors and you can expect Dallas to at least be in the middle of those sweepstakes.

 

Granted, the Stars are more than $12 million under the cap, and Iginla currently tops the Flames’ bloated payroll, making $7 million this season and next. The Flames are going nowhere fast this year and there are rumblings that it may be time to blow the under-achieving roster up. It’s only fitting that Nieuwnedyk is now the Stars’ GM and would be the one responsible for pulling the trigger on such a deal.

 

Iginla and Nieuwendyk, linked again.

 

Personally, the only way I do the deal is if you could pull it off without giving up any young talent or prospects. The Stars aren’t close to a championship, so trading for an aging talent like Iginla doesn’t make much sense unless he can be acquired on the cheap. A line of Brenden Morrow and Iginla, centered by Mike Ribeiro sure sounds tantalizing (Iginla potted 43 goals last year while playing with ineffective centers), but it seems pretty unlikely to become a reality.

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