Iginla believes his future is in Calgary
CALGARY, AB -- With the Calgary Flames missing the playoffs for the third straight year, Jarome Iginla fully expects to be asked about his future with the franchise and what he wants to do as he heads into the final year of his contract.
"It gets a little bit old," he admitted. "I would rather absolutely not be doing this but it's part of what goes with the territory.
"I have another year left. My plan is, until someone tells me different, is I'm going to be preparing and working hard; coming back to have a bounce back year for the team. That's my plan."
Speculation about Iginla's intentions this summer ramped up after his comments following the final game of the season. In short, the winger didn't give a firm reply when questioned if he wanted to stick around if the organization opted to start a total rebuild.
"I really don't know what next year holds. I don't know the direction (of the team). Do I want to rebuild? Do I want to be on a team if we fully rebuild? I don't know that I do," he said on Saturday.
"I don't know what the situation will be. But do I want to fully rebuild? I'd be lying to you if I said that I do. At the same time, the organization has to do what they want to do."
General manager Jay Feaster has stated on more than one occasion he doesn't believe a full, honest to goodness rebuild is the solution for the Flames but no one has a crystal ball and can predict what management will do this summer.
"I don't know what the offseason brings and all the decisions that have to made," Iginla sighed. "I know there are hard decisions and each year get harder with players and all that stuff when you've been out for three years."
Teammate and friend Mike Cammalleri came to the captain's defence during his exit interview, shooting down the notion the team would somehow be better if Iginla was traded during the offseason.
"He’s been a great leader for this team," Cammalleri said firmly. "I’d like to win, and I think our best chance of winning is with him here."
Iginla has spent his entire career in Calgary. In 1188 career games, he has amassed 516 goals and 1073 points with a plus-53 rating. He has been the captain of the team for eight years.