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Iginla never worried about trade, missing Heritage

Saturday, 02.19.2011 / 11:25 AM

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer / NHL Heritage Classic chatter

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Iginla never worried about trade, missing Heritage
Earlier this season when it looked like the Flames had zero chance at a playoff spot, the talk began to center around the team potentially trading Jarome Iginla.

Iginla has a contract that runs through 2013, but if the Flames were looking to rebuild, they could get quite the haul for him. With that trade talk swirling around the Flames captain in December, it was possible Iginla wouldn't be wearing a Flames jersey when the 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic rolled around in February.

Iginla said he heard the rumors, but he was never worried about not being part of this outdoor game.

"The possibilities of being traded or all the talk about blowing the team up, I'd be lying if I said I never, ever thought about that," Iginla said. "But no, it wasn't about this game. We were just focusing on our next game. To be honest, more than anything, it's just kind of crept up."

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