Latest on Iginla and Thomas – September 16, 2012.

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.


Could the lockout could spell the end of Iginla’s tenure with the Flames?

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.


  1. It’s a lockout there should be no rumor most players are starting to find other places to play

  2. i think the bruins would tell tim thomas to report to the minors till we can trade you,he has become a distraction to the team.i think its sad two years after winning a cup that this is going for iginla ive always been suprised he sayed in calgary so long,that franchise needs a rebuild desperatly

  3. Tim Thomas is good but man I really dislike him, he’s just always going wayy against the grain. At first it was a cool story now its annoying. Taking a season off? who are you? Gary Bettman?

  4. I’ve said it before and will say it again, the Calgary Flames seem to be a disaster just waiting to happen. Whatever drama can happen will happen, and in that vein, if there was a season ending lockout wouldnt it just be icing on the cake to lose Iginla for nothing to UFA while people have been yelling for a couple years to move him for young assets.

    I agree with Lyle, Thomas and the Bruins seems as likely as the Rangers and Avery.

  5. Spector, does a year really count against the contracts in the event the lockout goes a year?

    • Dino, yes, if the season is lost to a lockout, the players contract still counts against that season, even though they won’t get paid.

      • Wow that i did not know, looks like a lost year could hurt a few teams player wise, if this goes a year the Ducks will lose Perry and Getz since they didnt sign extensions.

        Here is a link if anyone is interested,

        Also that would be a horrible way to see Iggy’s time with the Flames come to an end.

        But that also explains why some of these teams signed so many players close to the lockout.

        Thanks Spector, anything new coming to the site during the lockout?

  6. Hey Spector,

    Just to clarify, if the NHL locked out the players, are their contracts still running, even if they are not playing? If the league does not play this season, thats 1 full year. Does that count as 1 full year against a contract length?

    Thank you in advance.

    • It was answered already…just didn’t see the post.

      Sorry about that.

  7. A little off topic, actually a lot off topic. How the hell do you get rid of the maintenance mode thing when you first log onto this site. It’s driving me crazy, why won’t it just go to the site right away?


  8. I just read Allaire packed it in and left the Leafs. I have to figure any vetran tender wasn’t interested in working with Allaire which was hurting the Leaf’s chances of getting a Vet goalie on board. This should open the door if the CBA ever gets resolved.

  9. Thomas got his wish a year off with no paycheck.
    I wish I could afford to take a year off and leave millions on the table.
    Must be nice.

  10. I wish Flames management would have bit the bullet and traded Iggy and Kipper 2 yrs ago…the rebuild would have been well underway by now. They should have got more for Phaneuf as well….not that he’s proven to be worth it but he at least had value when he was traded to the leafs for a bunch of spare parts. Iggy has paid his dues in cow town, let him go and try to win his cup elsewhere.

    • Who would you replace them with? Not junior league players, or college players. The AHL is controlled by their NHL owners so moving a franchise even temporarly (if that’s allowed or even possible) would very likely not sit well with the owners/fans of the farm teams. The European league players I assume are already signed for the season so I guess that leaves Beer league guys. I’m sure we’d line up for those tickets!
      There’s a reason why NHL players are paid what they are paid, they aren’t easily replaced and if they could be they would be.

      • Actually you can replace them with any player not a member of the NHLPA, this includes college and junior players, even players who have been free agents and not paying union dues.

  11. I just read on Kukla’s Korner that 27 NHL teams lost a collective 44 million dollars last year,so 5 made money? Blow it up and start over period.What is the point ? Obviously it needs to be killed so just do it and stop the drama.Too many marginal players and too many blood sucking franchises that are on welfare.Get them off and stop paying guys who score 8 points a year 700,000.00 American.Stupid,rediculous Obama like.Welfare sport,imigrant gravy train.No more stimulus,no more handouts.Only the best get to play.Contraction,dispersal draft.Just do it.

    • If 27 teams lost money that would me only 3 made money, there are only 30 teams in the NHL.

      Good post though I agree there are alot of players who are making way to much money and that is part of the problem.

    • “rediculous Obama like”

      give me a break, then again, wait a second…. Maybe if three teams are making money and revenues are up over 3 billion, maybe there should be redistribution of the wealth. Bettin’ those 3 teams that made money are Romney teams that didn’t pay taxes. lol. Republicans tank your economy and you want to blame Obama for not turning it around quick enough. I’d trade you Harper for Obama straight up and Harper is signed for two more years at a reasonable cap hit but is a head case like TT.

      what do you think?