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April 3, 2012 | 10:00am ET
The Iginla dilemma
TheFourthPeriod.com

With the Calgary Flames entering a third consecutive year out of the playoffs, the team is most likely to undergo significant shifts in personnel, which could include loyal captain Jarome Iginla this off-season.

According to the Calgary Herald, Iginla's future with the Flames will continue to be debated as he completes the fourth year of a five-year, $35 million contract set to expire at the end of the 2012-13 season, at which point he could become an unrestricted free agent.

However, the only way the 34-year-old is going anywhere else is with his own blessing as he has a no-trade clause in his current deal.

But some would suggest that if a deal can be brokered that would benefit the Flames going forward in reshaping an ailing organization and place the top winger with a Stanley Cup contender, Iginla should take the opportunity.

Meanwhile, Iginla, who is obliviously comfortable in Calgary, prefers to be optimistic about the possibility of winning the ultimate prize with the Flames, though that window is nearly shut down as he approaches his 35th birthday.

"It's still (up) in the air," he protested. "I don't think it’s a pride thing. You just want to be part of a winner, be part of the playoffs. That's what we all want to do. I look at myself and I know I didn't have my best year. There's going to be a lot of motivation. That's my approach: Play hard this last week and look to rebound.

"So I still think there's a lot of good things (happening). I think it's going in the right direction."

In 80 games with the Flames this season, Iginla has recorded 32 goals and 34 assists for 66 points, 41 penalty minutes.

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