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January 14, 2013 | 9:57am ET
Iginla, Flames will talk contract after season starts
TheFourthPeriod.com

Flames captain Jarome Iginla and GM Jay Feaster will start the discussion of a new contract once the season gets going, but they don't want it to be a distraction to the team.

According to the Calgary Sun, Feaster and Iginla's agent, Don Meehan, will start talking about a new deal in the coming weeks, but this is one of the only times this season Feaster will address it publicly.

"The directive here in Calgary, the objective here in Calgary, has not changed. From ownership right on through, our goal and our intent is to have Jarome Iginla spend his entire playing career with the Calgary Flames," Feaster told the paper.

"The one thing we don't want is to talk to Jarome's contract every day."

Iginla, 35, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. While he understands plenty of focus will be placed on his future in Calgary, his focus is clear.

"I don't want it to be a distraction to the team, to myself," he told the Sun. "We have a goal and a mission. We've been out of the playoffs three years, with a shortened, intense season, we don't need a distraction. I believe in this organization and this team.

"My preference would be to play here on a great team and win. I think we can do that. My focus is going to be on helping this team to the playoffs and ultimately win."

Meehan's currently focused on another client's more pressing contractual needs. The Montreal Canadiens are in deep negotiations with restricted free agent defenseman P.K. Subban. Once that issue is settled, Meehan's attention will shift to some of his other clients, including Iginla.

As the Sun notes, though, if the Flames are not in playoff contention by the April 3 trade deadline and Iginla isn't locked up to a new contract, it's possible the team will entertain offers for him.

Iginla, who is making $7 million this season, owns a no-movement clause and he will have to waive it in order to be traded.

"That's definitely not where my thoughts are," he said. "I honestly think we'll be a good team and plan on being in a good position. I don't want to do 'what-ifs' or anything like that.

"My focus will definitely not be day-to-day wondering where my contract is. We win games and play as hard as I can to help that be the cause, that will take care of itself."

Feaster indicated that if Iginla is not signed by the deadline, "that doesn't mean you trade Jarome."


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