April 09, 2010
With the Calgary Flames now eliminated from postseason play, there are rumors that there will be a stampede of players and team execs being shipped out of Calgary this summer via trade and firing. But one person who apparently wants to stay in town even though he's the subject of many of the rumors? According to the Calgary Herald, it's Jarome Iginla(notes).
Iginla's best friend on the team, 38-year-old Craig Conroy(notes), has a contract that ends this offseason and pretty likely won't return to Calgary. But Conroy is saying that Iginla, the 32-year-old team captain, would like to stay. He's got 32 goals and 37 assists on the season so far in a down year.
"When I talk to him, and we're buddies, he doesn't want to win a championship in Washington," Conroy told the paper. "He doesn't want to win a championship anywhere else. He wants to win a championship in Calgary. That's been his goal since he's been here."
Iginla, who has been with the team since 1996, has a no-trade clause so he has full control if the team does try to trade him and the contract that pays him $7 million annually through the 2012-13 season.
And if he can win a championship in Calgary, he'll add another page for himself.
"He started his career as a Calgary Flame," Conroy told the paper. "I think he'll finish that way — as a Flame. I have no doubt this is where he wants to be."
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