A name linked to the Detroit Red Wings in the past has that of Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla who is still without a Stanley Cup as he’s moved into the twilight of his career. With that said the Wings have been thought of as a team that could help the veteran achieve the goal of a championship before he hangs up the skates and calls it a career.
The question though, is there still interest and could a trade still be in the mix to bring Iginla to the Motor City?
Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press doesn’t think so as the fit isn’t there as it has been in the past.
“… In Calgary, there’s also longtime captain Jarome Iginla, who is running out of time to add a Cup to his career. He would have been a perfect fit in Detroit a few years ago. Is he going to win the Cup with this Wings squad? That’s murkier. If Iginla would be a perfect fit anywhere, it’d be a place like Chicago or Pittsburgh, where he could blend in more than be expected to stand out. Plus, the Wings don’t so much need help up front, especially if they should ever be fully healthy …”
Instead of a guy like Iginla, St. James suggests the Wings would be interested in a top four defenseman over the abundance of forwards the team currently has. That’s no big time secret after the loss of Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart in the offseason but the Wings’ situation right now may not be so cut and dry, in fact the Wings right now are a very perplexing team. That defense that was thought to take a big hit this season is currently 7th in the League when it comes to Goals Against per game at 2.46. This is slightly higher than last season when they also finished in the 7th spot but with a 2.44 Goals Against per game.
Not bad at all with arguably the greatest defenseman to ever play retiring.
Meanwhile their 2.67 Goals per Game this season is down from the 2.92 last year.
I’m not saying that the need for a top four defenseman isn’t there, I think it is. But we must not forget the glaring need for that traditional sniper to go along with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.