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Finding a home for Jarome

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


The trade deadline is a week away, so it’s likely that the Jarome Iginla saga will take a few turns from the time this Daily Dose posts and the moment he finds a new team (or stays with the only one he’s truly known). Even so, I feel like this is a great time to discuss the potential hypothetical destinations for Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla.

 

Why? Well, mainly because the subject is on my mind. Sorry, sometimes the Daily Dose can be a bit of a Daily Dictatorship.

 

For the sake of keeping this beast at a semi-reasonable length, I’m just going study how Iggy might fit into the mix for the teams who were rumored to be frontrunners for his services in this piece by Sportnet’s Mark Spector.

 

THE BRUINS

 

The anonymous word from QMI is that the Boston Bruins are currently in the pole position for Iginla. The two linked sources seem to disagree upon whether the Bruins are willing to part with 2012 first-round pick Malcolm Subban or not, but really, that’s a long-term team-building concern that likely affects no one (unless you’re in a really, really, REALLY deep keeper league).

 

Let’s assume, for a second, that the Bruins land Iginla for some mixture of picks, prospects and lower-level roster players. If that’s the case, where do you figure he’d fit in? It’s hard to immediately boot anyone from the team’s top two lines of late:

 

Brad Marchand - Tyler Seguin - Patrice Bergeron

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton

 

Perhaps one of those six guys would be packaged in a deal. Krejci seems like a perennial trade rumor target while Horton is likely to get a raise after this season’s $4 million cap hit dissolves.

 

But assuming that group isn’t broken up, what would you do? Shuffle Lucic/Horton in and out when one of those hot-and-cold power forwards aren’t up to snuff? Make Bergeron the best third-line center in the NHL?

 

Having at least seven top-six-quality forwards is better than having less than six, but I do wonder how that configuration would work. Despite this person’s fantastic Photoshop, I also think Iginla would look kinda weird in a Bruins uniform.

 

THE KINGS

 

Jarome Iginla as a Los Angeles King was an absolutely flawless idea … last season.

 

At first, the idea now seems a bit like overkill. The more I think about it, however, it could really be the fit that makes the Kings the best on-paper team in the West. (Sure, the Chicago Blackhawks have the high-end talent, but the Kings aren’t far behind in that department and would sport staggering depth).

 

I’d say Iginla’s ideal spot would be alongside Mike Richards and Jeff Carter on the second line (they’ve had to carry bottom-six fodder like Dwight King and Dustin Penner for most of the season, after all).

 

For a while, I thought he might even supplant Justin Williams, but the underrated (yet sometimes fragile) winger has really picked up his game. After having a measly assist in six January games and a respectable seven points in 12 February contests, Williams has 13 points in 14 March appearances.

 

With Iginla, an already strong Kings team could throw out two scary lines (with right-handed shots galore!). Yup, the more I think about it, this seems like the ideal spot for him. He even knows the coach fairly well …

 

PENGUINS AND BLACKHAWKS

 

I’m lumping the two best teams in their respective conferences together for the simple reason that a) I don’t think they’re chasing him quite as seriously and b) I went a little longer than expected with the Bruins and Kings thoughts.

 

The Penguins present an interesting setup. Do you line him up with Sidney Crosby (the guy whom he set up for the 2010 gold medal goal) and Chris Kunitz or with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal? Do you even boldly pair him with Brenden Morrow to construct some kind of VOLTRON ROBOT OF GRIT AND LEADERSHIP? The most exciting part, for my dorkiness, is that the Penguins would finally have another right-handed shot in the top six.

 

The Blackhawks would be interesting as well, although it would require some compromise. Iginla would probably have to play on the left wing instead of his right wing spot because of Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa. I’d be fine with that if I were him, but I’m not a future Hall of Famer, so we’ll see.

 

As you can see, Iginla’s situation brings about all kinds of fun hypothetical situations … which means the Flames will probably ruin it for everyone by pouting that they’re not receiving the package that they want and leave discussions (see: Richards, Brad and the Dallas Stars). Still, it’s fun to talk about, isn’t it?

 

Jump for more fun stuff.

 


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James O'Brien is the Hockey Daily Dose's author and has been a contributor to NBC's Pro Hockey Talk for more than two years. Follow him on Twitter.
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