Do You Really Want Iginla on the Oilers?

Jarome Iginla is a longshot at best to be an Oiler this season. That being said, If one of the younger guys on the right wing shit the bed during training camp or there’s an injury, I’d say that Iginla would be the first phone call.

“Bosco” says that the Oilers and Iginla are talking, Treenas Oil seconds that and they’re not completely wrong but it’s the timing of the conversations that they’ve got wrong.

Of course, the two camps (Iggy’s and the Oilers’) have spoken. Iginla is a free agent that has something to offer to the Oilers. How irresponsible would it be if Peter Chiarelli didn’t touch base with Jarome Iginla’s agent and see what it would take to bring him in?

Now, that being said, is it the right thing to do for the franchise?

PROS:

  • The shot never goes and Iggy can still find the back of the net.
  • Iginla is the right kind of veteran you’d want to bring into a young team like the Oilers.
  • He’s tough as nails and amongst the most respected players in the NHL.

CONS:

  • If you didn’t like Eberle’s 200ft game, you won’t like Iginla’s at this point in his career.
  • He can’t skate at the required level to be effective in the top 6.
  • He may very well be quite an expensive 4th liner.

I’ll just keep that brief. I mean, realistically, is Jarome Iginla going to usurp Zack Kassian, Jesse Puljujarvi, or Anton Slepyshev from a spot on the right side?

Peter Chiarelli has already stated that he’s looking to grow from within and let the kids take the reins this season. I’m with him on that one. I want to see if Slepyshev can flourish on a line with Lucic and Draisaitl. I want to see if Puljujarvi can find some offense playing on McDavid’s wing.

I don’t want to see a perfectly good young player pushed out right when he’s on the cusp of realizing some of his potential.

I like Jarome Iginla and I think there’d be elements of his game that would benefit the Oilers but maybe not in the regular season but the playoffs where his experience and leadership would flourish a bit more.

You do have to ask yourself why Matt Hendricks has a contract and not Iginla though and how much better is Iginla than Hendricks on the 4th line?

Lastly, what kind of Oilers fan would you be if you really wanted an old Calgary Flame who used to terrorize the Oilers for years, on the Oilers?…

Just kidding!!! Or am I?

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Hopefully, the Oilers aren’t in a place to be picking any of these players unless through a trade.

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  • Ryan Boonstra

    I would be an Oilers fan who wants to see the entire city of Calgary go absolutely bananas after the signing. THINK OF THE MEMES.

    • Beer League Hero

      I didn’t even think of the memes… Lol

  • Truthhurts98

    There’s nothing wrong with a PTO, doesn’t matter who the player. Iggy would have to earn a spot or be ok with press box time until injury. He can fight and hit so maybe an attractive 4th line option when playing the Ducks or Flames? I don’t think he costs a lot, probably less than a million if he can make an impression. If not who cares? PC did his due diligence in my mind.

    • Beer League Hero

      The problem being Iginla isn’t just some random 4th liner looking to catch on somewhere. He’s a future first ballot hall of famer and GMs have far too much respect for Iginla to ask him to prove himself for free on a PTO. And I’m certain that iginla had enough respect for himself to reject such proposals.

  • JimmyV1965

    Totally agree with the article. If one of our prospects poops the bed, then go out and get someone. We spent too many years gifting kids jobs in thd NHL. We shouldn’t flip the script either and start blocking their way into the NHL. Both approaches are bad for development.