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Canucks can trade for Iginla

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I know what all of you are thinking - no way on earth is this going to happen, why would Calgary part ways with their franchise leader - especially to perhaps their biggest rival - and why would Iginla come?

Fact is though, Iginla has only one year remaining on his contract - he likely will re-sign with Calgary if he chooses to continue playing (at 37 years of age). Trouble is, they're in no shape to win a Stanley Cup this year and unless an off-season miracle happens, they're in no shape to win next year either. It'll be safe to assume that Iginla won't win a Cup if he stays in Calgary.

As things are for Canucks, Kesler's return could help give an offensive spark - but it may not be quite enough to get over the hump. The Sedins have always been silenced in the playoffs when playing a physical opponent, and there is little guarantee Kesler can make up for their loss - if he can show up un-injured.

With this trade, the Flames could get something in return (like a first-rounder) and could re-acquire their captain in the offseason. The Nucks, meanwhile, can get perhaps one of the game's all-time greatest clutch performers to help wake up the Sedins during the playoffs. Put him on Henrik's right wing and he'll help open up space so they can get to the net unhindered by the Bollands and Marchants. That'll lead to increased post-season offense, which could make all the difference to getting the Cup.

Everyone in question wants to win. The Canucks want to win. Iginla (and the Flames) want to win, but all parties can't have everything at once. Someone has to make a sacrifice, and if I were a Flames fan, I would willingly part with Iginla just to see him get a ring if that's the only option.

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If a trade does happen, it won't be with the Canucks, he will end up on the east coast somewhere.

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I know what you're saying, that sometimes you have to take a gamble if you think your window is closing. But Gillis doesn't roll that way. This team is built to win now but also to compete for many years.

The idea of giving up a first rounder, which are like gold now under the new CBA, for a 2 month rental just doesn't make sense for a player who's a shadow of the player he once was.

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Their price would be a top 9 roster player or a highly touted prospect (no sauve's, etc,) and a pick.

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Don't want that washed up bum near my team, gimme a break, look at how easily he get shoved off the puck nowadays, he's done, his time is coming to an end in the NHL. Canucks can get so much more value back in a Luongo trade than that, once a flame always a flame.

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It can happen, but it won't. This year's draft class is deep and a 1st rounder this year is very valuable. Besides, why would we give up a lot, or a little bit of our farm system, to improve Calgary's farm system,, only to have Iginla re-sign with Calgary in the offseason? It's basically saying: "Here Calgary, take some of our stuff, we only need Iginla for a couple months, and then you can have him back."

Giving Calgary free prospects for a guy we're going to let them re-sign in the offseason? No thanks.

EDIT: And keep in mind, Iginla has a 7M cap hit. We'd have to give a couple roster players back as well and Gillis will not do that.

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He's not worth trading for, though. Not a terrible player, but he's just not the player he used to be and I doubt he would put us over the top, especially not given what we would have to give up to get him.

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It's pretty doubtful that the Flames would want to make a trade with the Canucks in the first place, let alone Iginla wanting to come here. He will probably end up somewhere out east, probably Pittsburgh.

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No thanks. Iginla would be a very short term solution and he is nowhere near the player he once was. He is no longer noticeable on the ice and dominating games like he used to. Has definately lost a step.

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This terrible idea has been bounced around a million times. 7m cap-hit, good luck with that, and for 2 months? Terrible.

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Since we have to lose cap for next season, and with the injuries we've had up to this point, it kind of makes sense.

We dont have the cap to re-sign all of our UFAs. Assuming cap comes back with whatever goalie we trade, its still going to be close.

IF, pretend, ballard was going to be bought out (although he does look good this year) - trading him now rather than buying out in the summer may make sense. The whole point is we'd get a high quality rental for the playoff push and mentor for Zach Kassian.

Of course, this would never happen - its the Flames.

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