The Jarome Iginla trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins signals the end of an era for the Calgary Flames.
So where do general manager Jay Feaster and the Flames go from here with the NHL Trade Deadline on April 3? What will the franchise look like when the puck drops on the 2013-14 season?
Calgary has resisted an Edmonton-style rebuild, but with Jarome Iginla
now in Pittsburgh it may be time for GM Jay Feaster to make serious alterations to the franchise's talent pool. (Photo: Getty Images / Terence Leung - NHLI)
"I don't want to use the word 'rebuild,'" Feaster said after making the Iginla deal official. "We want to bring some more young players into this organization. There's a gap from the 18- and 19-year-olds to the 27-, 28-, 29-year-olds."
A thorough rebuild would greatly benefit the Flames, but it remains to be seen if a franchise that has been resistant to taking that path over the past few years will change its approach. It's also not as simple as trading high-priced veterans for picks in what is expected to be a talent-rich 2013 NHL Draft; the Flames have nine players with some form of a no-movement or no-trade clause in his contract.
The Flames haven't reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2009 and are one of the oldest teams in the League. They have some pieces in place for the immediate future and long term, but Feaster will have his work cut out for him if he wants to restore the Flames as the perennial playoff contenders they were from 2004-09.