"It would be my preference to stay here for sure and play on a good team here, which I think we will be -- and to win here. It is home," Iginla told reporters. "That's where my focus is -- getting ready and having a great season as a team and to play well for this team."
It was widely reported throughout last season that the Flames would entertain offers for Iginla, even though GM Jay Feaster said he was not interested in trading him.
Iginla, who makes $7 million this year, though that figure will be pro-rated as a result of the lockout, owns a no-movement clause and would have to sign off on any trade the Flames try to make.
"I'll be honest, I haven't thought about those different scenarios," Iginla told the Calgary Sun. "Right now, it's really just getting ready for training camp. Once the season comes, I'd like the focus to definitely be just on winning games. I don't know with (my agent) Don Meehan, when he and Jay are going to talk."
If the Flames fail to come out of the gate blazing and are out of the playoff race by the currently-tentative April 5 trade deadline -- trade deadline day will be made official once the NHL confirms its schedule at some point this week -- Feaster will have to seriously consider moving Iginla if he feels he might not be able to sign him to a new deal over the summer.