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April 16, 2012 | 9:47am ET
Teams willing to trade for Iginla
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Flames aren't presently thinking about trading Jarome Iginla, as finding a new coach is atop their priority list, but when they do, they'll have plenty of interest.

The Calgary Sun reports several teams would have interest in the 34-year-old Flames captain and "the returns would be significant."

However, Iginla owns a no-trade clause and will only be dealt if he accepts a move. In fact, the Flames won't bother shopping him unless he gives them the green light and a list of teams he'd approve.

Flames GM Jay Feaster understands the marketplace and has indicated that the team needs to retool, which will lead to further speculation over Iginla's future in Calgary.

According to the Sun, though, the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement could pose a problem in trade negotiations. The CBA is set to expire on Sept. 15 and some teams might not be willing to acquire Iginla until a new deal is reached as his contract only has one-year left on it and the risk of missing the 2012-13 season, though highly unlikely, plays a factor.

In a survey of more than 12 GMs and team executives, the consensus is that Iginla could command a first-round pick and a top-six forward and/or a top young prospect.

"I wouldn't take him unless I could get him to extend his contract first," one GM, speaking on the basis of anonymity, told the paper.

"If that would be possible, then he's worth a top-six forward and a first-round pick."

As the Sun points out, a trade between two clubs could be agreed upon, pending a contract extension.

If a trade does occur, it could go down in late-June, during or around the NHL Entry Draft.

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