NASHVILLE It's one of those situations that tugs at the heart strings of sports fans.
In Calgary, captain Jarome Iginla is an iconic figure. A native of Calgary's archrival Edmonton, he has earned a place in the city's sports history and imagination like few others, holding the franchise records for games played (1,215), points (1,093) and goals scored (523).
But now, at age 35, he is in the final year of a contract that pays him 7 million this season, and he and the organization reportedly are not talking about an extension. The Flames entered Thursday's game against the Predators 14th in the Western Conference standings, although only six points out of the final playoff spot with 21 games left in the season.
Many teams in that situation with such a player would begin to cut their losses, realizing the demand he would bring in the trade market to a contender and give him a fond farewell.
But not every team is Calgary and not every such player is Iginla. How the situation plays...