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Reflective Iginla nowhere close to calling it a career

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08:25 AM ET 01.30 | At least on the surface, there are few more buyoant presences at an NHL event than Calgary's Jarome Iginla. [Iginla] is a veteran of more than 1,100 games with more than 500 goals and 1,000 points, but he doesn't get tired of events such as the NHL All-Star Game. In fact, at this point, he savors them. "Every one you're at, you never know if you're going to be there again and you try to appreciate it and look at it," he said. ... "It seems a lot younger this year. You get a chance to meet some of them. You admire some of the different styles of different players. I think every year, just in hockey, you try to appreciate it and reflect. I hope to play for five, six more years, but even that will go quickly."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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January 30, 2012  08:49 AM ET
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Iggy to Toronto for Colby Armstrong.

Iggy to Vancouver for the Sedin sisters.

Oh, wait. I forgot a Sutter is a coach in Calgary. That might not work out so well ... for the sisters.

January 30, 2012  08:52 AM ET

Would love to see Iggy get a shot at the Cup anywhere. Such a class act and talent, and deserves it.

January 30, 2012  08:59 AM ET
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Would love to see Iggy get a shot at the Cup anywhere. Such a class act and talent, and deserves it.

I agree. I think deep inside he would welcome a change of scenery to a Cup contender.

January 30, 2012  09:06 AM ET
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Would love to see Iggy get a shot at the Cup anywhere. Such a class act and talent, and deserves it.

I'm kind of torn on this stuff. I agree with what you said, (about Iginla's character, etc) but I also think it's kind of sad that a player has to sacrifice loyalty...a sorely missed quality...to get a ring that validates their career. I felt the same way when Ray Borque went to Colorado.
Do you know how many rings Ted Williams has? (answer: 0) And this Yankee fan thinks he may be one of the best players ever. The HOF in every sport is chock full of guys that didn't win it all. Does that make their career any less than those who did? Did Trent Dilfer have a more meaningful career than Barry Sanders? Anyway....good morning all

January 30, 2012  09:16 AM ET
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I'm kind of torn on this stuff. I agree with what you said, (about Iginla's character, etc) but I also think it's kind of sad that a player has to sacrifice loyalty...a sorely missed quality...to get a ring that validates their career. I felt the same way when Ray Borque went to Colorado. Do you know how many rings Ted Williams has? (answer: 0) And this Yankee fan thinks he may be one of the best players ever. The HOF in every sport is chock full of guys that didn't win it all. Does that make their career any less than those who did? Did Trent Dilfer have a more meaningful career than Barry Sanders? Anyway....good morning all

I understand where you are coming from, and you make great points.

If push came to shove though, I respect the idea of going after the Cup more than going after money. Speaking hypothetically...

January 30, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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I understand where you are coming from, and you make great points. If push came to shove though, I respect the idea of going after the Cup more than going after money. Speaking hypothetically...

absolutely...just jumping teams to get a larger paycheque is anathema to me.

January 30, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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I agree. I think deep inside he would welcome a change of scenery to a Cup contender.

Jumbo Jay has stated that Jerome has never asked to be traded on many occasions. That is GM speak for " we are too chicken to move him unless he wants to be the bad guy" Not only are Jays "stones" well hidden they are also not functioning

January 30, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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Would love to see Iggy get a shot at the Cup anywhere. Such a class act and talent, and deserves it.

agree - what could the Pens work out for him?
do they have cap room

January 30, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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agree - what could the Pens work out for him?do they have cap room

Eh, not sure. I have not made it a secret, would love to have him even for a year or two. We are deep in D-Men, but I hate to part with any of them (can you say selfish?) ha. ha. I know he and Crosby are friends, but JI can get along with anyone. Any team would love to have him.

Not sure Pens ARE a Cup contender w/o him and Sid. But with him...different story. :)

January 30, 2012  09:35 AM ET
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I'm kind of torn on this stuff. I agree with what you said, (about Iginla's character, etc) but I also think it's kind of sad that a player has to sacrifice loyalty...a sorely missed quality...to get a ring that validates their career. I felt the same way when Ray Borque went to Colorado.Do you know how many rings Ted Williams has? (answer: 0) And this Yankee fan thinks he may be one of the best players ever. The HOF in every sport is chock full of guys that didn't win it all. Does that make their career any less than those who did? Did Trent Dilfer have a more meaningful career than Barry Sanders? Anyway....good morning all

I agree with you about team loyalty, but in the case of the NHL - beyond the other pro sports - I think there is something truly different about having one's name on the Cup.
Didn't Boston celebrated as much as Denver when Bourque won his Cup?

Just my 2 cents.

January 30, 2012  09:40 AM ET
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Eh, not sure. I have not made it a secret, would love to have him even for a year or two. We are deep in D-Men, but I hate to part with any of them (can you say selfish?) ha. ha. I know he and Crosby are friends, but JI can get along with anyone. Any team would love to have him.Not sure Pens ARE a Cup contender w/o him and Sid. But with him...different story. :)

Letang's back, and Malkin's on fire right now, plus you have Cup vets on that team.
I say (right now) Rangers, Bruins, Pens and Philly are the East favorites. In a seven game series, Pens easily have a shot to go on a deep PO run.
Iggy would just be icing on the cake.

January 30, 2012  09:56 AM ET
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Iggy would just be icing on the cake.

Well, then get it done, BBBJ! ;)

January 30, 2012  10:09 AM ET
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I agree with you about team loyalty, but in the case of the NHL - beyond the other pro sports - I think there is something truly different about having one's name on the Cup.Didn't Boston celebrated as much as Denver when Bourque won his Cup?Just my 2 cents.

And, in an odd way, Boston was showing a lot of loyalty to Bourque by trading him to a Cup contender. They knew they weren't in a position to win it before he retired so they did a good deal for him. It must have been hard on Bruins fans, but it was a decent gesture on the organization's part.

January 30, 2012  10:10 AM ET
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And this Yankee fan .....

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!

January 30, 2012  10:10 AM ET

Iginla certainly seemed to be enjoying himself yesterday. Everytime the camera caught him he had a huge smile on his face.

January 30, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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Letang's back, and Malkin's on fire right now, plus you have Cup vets on that team.I say (right now) Rangers, Bruins, Pens and Philly are the East favorites. In a seven game series, Pens easily have a shot to go on a deep PO run.Iggy would just be icing on the cake.

Let's Go Pens!!

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January 30, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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Eh, not sure. I have not made it a secret, would love to have him even for a year or two. We are deep in D-Men, but I hate to part with any of them (can you say selfish?) ha. ha. I know he and Crosby are friends, but JI can get along with anyone. Any team would love to have him.Not sure Pens ARE a Cup contender w/o him and Sid. But with him...different story. :)

The only D men I would absolutely refuse to part with are Orpik, Letang, and Despres. Despres is going to be great some day. The Pens could afford to lose Lovejoy, Martin, Michalex or Engelland and not really be hurt too bad.

I don't think they have the cap space and I don't think they will make much of a run for the Cup. Just saying.

 
January 30, 2012  10:52 AM ET
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I know, wasn't it terrible when Mats Sundin had to go to Vancouver to get one?

It was kinda sad. They've obviously never won a Cup but his odds were better. ;-)

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