NHL Trade Rumors: Philadelphia Flyers Need to Acquire Jarome Iginla

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2013

Jarome Iginla could be the answer for the Flyers.
Jarome Iginla could be the answer for the Flyers.Jeff Gross/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Flyers are currently sitting in last place of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference, but acquiring Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames would help turn the team's season around.

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reported on Saturday that the Flyers are looking to make "a big move" to get things turned around. He floated out the idea that they could try to pry winger Iginla from the Flames.

He followed that up by saying GM Jay Feaster isn't likely to part with his star, but the Flyers need to make them an offer the Flames can't refuse.

Philadelphia would have to give up a lot of talent and/or draft picks to get the winger. The 35-year-old is under contract through the end of this season and will hit the free-agent market this summer. 

Iginla, who does not have a goal yet in 2013, would bring great scoring ability to a team that is struggling in that department. 

ESPN.com has the statistical information on the Flyers, and it's easy to see they need to improve their offense.

At 2.3 goals per game, they rank 24th in the league. Even that number is inflated by a seven goal outburst against the Florida Panthers on Jan. 26. If they hope to start winning, they will need to start scoring with consistency. 

Only Matt Read, Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier are the only Flyers with multiple goals this season. In comparison, the Anaheim Ducks have five players with at least three goals.

Iginla may not have any goals this season, but he is a prolific scorer. In every season since 2001-2002, he has scored at least 32 goals and recorded 32 assists. 

Durability is important in hockey, especially in this shortened season. He has not missed a game since the 2007-2008 season. Entering his 16th season with the team, he has only missed a total of 39 games.

Two things could happen: Calgary thinks they can re-sign him and keep him, or the team decides to get value back while they can.

If they decide to deal their franchise player, it will take a big package to pry him away. Iginla has 516 goals in his career, so they won't just give him away.

The winger makes players around him better and may be able to fix the problem in Philadelphia. Right now, they are having trouble finding the back of the net.

Iginla may not be the player that he once was, but he is still good enough to lead a team in scoring. If Calgary decides to dangle Iginla at the trade deadline, Philadelphia needs to do what it can to acquire the star.