A season killing lockout might spell the end of Jarome Iginla’s tenure with the Flames, and speculation over what the Bruins might do if Tim Thomas decides to return to action.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak reports Flames captain Jarome Iginla is eligible for UFA status next summer, meaning he may have played his final game as a Flame if the lockout is a season-killer, and he and management fail to reach agreement on a new contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It would indeed be sad for Iginla’s tenure with the Flames to end that way. It remains to be seen, of course, if he would re-sign with them, lockout or not, but he and the Flames should at least have the opportunity to play out a season and allow that, rather than a labour dispute, to decide their fates together.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont wonders if a protracted lockout might make Tim Thomas reconsider sitting out a season and return if a new CBA were in place to salvage this season. Dupont suspects the Bruins would try to shop him, not out of spite but practicality, as they have Tuukka Rask signed as their starter for this season and Anton Khudobin as their backup.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe Thomas has burned his bridges with the Bruins. Even if he were to express interest in returning this season (provided there is a season), I don’t believe the Bruins would be interested in having him back, and would shop him immediately.