Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/13/13

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 03: Jarome Iginla #12 of the Calgary Flames leans in during a face off in the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on December 3, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Flames forward Jarome Iginla will undoubtedly be the subject of trade rumors this season, but should potential buyers beware? Maybe they should, according to one of Iginla’s former teammates. Retired ex-teammate Rhett Warrener on his radio show questioned whether or not Iginla still has that flame burning as he plays for the lowly Flames. “His greatest asset was his shot but more importantly his compete-level — his refuse-to-lose attitude — and now you are watching and … it’s not there,” Warrener said, according to the Calgary Sun (with a stick tap to ProHockeyTalk.) “He’s not Dany Heatley-slow, but he’s not getting there. I don’t know if he’s slowed down and his compete-level has followed, but you don’t see that compete and fire in his eye now. I think you see frustrating setting in.” The frustation, of course, would be understandable. Calgary is tied for the fewest points in the league, and Iginla’s production has been somewhat nonexistent. He has just one goal and five assists in 10 games after scoring at least 31 goals in each seaon since 2000-01. “As a captain, he’s not a rah-rah guy or ‘let’s talk it out’ — it’s ‘Watch men, and hop on my back and follow me,’” Warrener added. “I haven’t seen that all year.” Iginla is a Calgary legend, one of the game’s finest scorers for the last two decades. However, the Flames may be tempted to move him before the April 3 trade deadline. The 35-year-old is obviously approaching the end of his career, and he’s also in the final year of his contract. If the Flames feel they won’t be able to re-sign him to a team-friendly deal this summer, they might think about moving him. That may also be just what Iginla needs to regain that spark and get his compete-level back up to where it once was.
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