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The Calgary Flames will announce Thursday their plans to retire former captain Jarome Iginla’s No. 12, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.

After not suiting up for the 2017-18 campaign, Iginla returned to Calgary last summer to officially announce his retirement following 20 seasons in the NHL.

A first-round pick of the Dallas Stars in 1995, he was traded to the Flames before ever playing an NHL game and was the heart and soul of the franchise for 16 years. He is the club’s all-time leader in games played (1,219), goals (525) and points (1,095).

During his run in Calgary, the winger was a three-time First-Team All-Star, winning two Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophies, an Art Ross, and the Lester B. Pearson Award as the league’s most outstanding player as voted by the players’ association in 2001-02. He led the Flames to the Stanley Cup Final in 2004 but ultimately lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Iginla also had stints with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, and Colorado Avalanche to close out his career.

He’ll be the third player to have his number retired by the Flames, joining Lanny McDonald and Mike Vernon.

Jarome Iginla officially announced his retirement Monday after 20 seasons, but former Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke stole some of the spotlight with a surprising revelation.

While joining the broadcast panel covering Iginla’s retirement, Burke indicated to Sportsnet’s Faizal Khamisa that a reunion between Iginla and the Flames was nearly in the works last season with the then free agent before Calgary ultimately landed on Jaromir Jagr.

The Flames signed Jagr in October, but a nagging groin injury limited the Czech superstar to just 22 appearances, in which he was held to one goal and six assists.

Iginla didn’t suit up last season after splitting the 2016-17 campaign between the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings.

While a homecoming wasn’t in the cards for Iginla, he hangs up his skates as the Flames’ all-time leader in games played (1,219), goals (525), and points (1,095).

The Calgary Flames will host a press conference on July 30 when former captain Jarome Iginla will retire from the NHL, the team announced on Wednesday.

“In a sense, I grew up there,” Iginla told George Johnson of calgaryflames.com. “I started playing for the Flames at 19 but even in minor hockey I remember traveling to Calgary for tournaments, from St. Albert, and I imagined playing in the Saddledome.

“It’s been a fun adventure, for my family and I. Some great cities, great people. To be back in Alberta, though, will feel like home.”

The 41-year-old was drafted 11th overall in 1995 by the Dallas Stars. But then he was traded to the Flames in a deal that sent Joe Nieuwendyk to Texas before Iginla ever stepped on the ice for the Stars.

Iginla went on to play 16 seasons with the Flames, finishing his time in Calgary as the franchise’s leader in games (1,219), goals (525), points (1,095), power-play goals (161), game-winning goals (83), and more.

The two-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner spent the final six seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh PenguinsBoston BruinsColorado Avalanche, and Los Angeles Kings.

Iginla finishes his career ranked 15th all-time in goals with 625, and he sits 34th on the all-time points list with 1,300.

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As the Colorado Avalanche continue to tumble, Jarome Iginla is open to exercising an escape option.

The veteran forward is in the final year of his contract with the last-place club, and, in advance of Wednesday’s return to his long-time hockey home of Calgary, Iginla admitted he’d be open to waiving his no-movement clause in order to join a team with postseason aspirations.

“Yeah, I’d consider it,” he said Tueday, per Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun. “I’d love to be in the playoffs and have that chance.”

A chance at winning the Stanley Cup before he retires is what Iginla is referring to, of course. It’s a goal he hasn’t been as close to reaching since a 2004 final appearance with the Flames, and one he’d love to add to his Hall of Fame resume.

“That’s still the dream, and I think it’s still possible,” he added “I would love to. I tell you, I’d really appreciate it. I realize over all the years how many good things have to come together and how fortunate all the people that win it are.

“So yeah, I’d love to do that. I still think it’s possible. All I can do is just keep playing and you keep trying to get better.”

Iginla has managed only five goals and four assists in 37 games this season, and hasn’t appeared in a playoff game since signing with the Avalanche in 2014.

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If this season is his last, Jarome Iginla may want a chance to go out on top.

The Colorado Avalanche sit last in the Central Division, and as such the veteran winger will consider waiving his no-trade clause, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports.

Iginla, in the final year of his contract with Colorado, had the same opportunity last year, but opted to stick with the Avalanche. He’s familiar with the situation, though, as he left the Calgary Flames in 2013 for the Pittsburgh Penguins in search of a championship.

In 25 games this year, Iginla has only three goals and three assists, but with 614 goals and 1,279 points over his Hall of Fame career, plenty of contenders could benefit from his experience come trade deadline.

This Flame is on fire.

With a hat trick during Tuesday’s win over the Winnipeg Jets, Johnny Gaudreau became the first member of the Calgary Flames to record multiple three-goal games in a single month since Jarome Iginla (two in February 2003).

Gaudreau’s previous hat trick came against the Boston Bruins on Dec. 5.

The offensive outbursts highlight what’s been a very productive December for the second-year forward, who’s now recorded 10 goals and six assists in 10 games.

Gaudreau’s 37 points overall rank him seventh in league scoring, behind only Patrick Kane, Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Taylor Hall, Vladimir Tarasenko, and Erik Karlsson.

While he has a long way to go on the road to matching Iginla’s season-high 98 points recorded in 2007-08, the 22-year-old is shaping up to be the kind of impact player the Flames have been missing since deciding to part ways with their former and longtime captain.

The Vancouver Canucks were the busiest team at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, as new management dramatically remolded the roster with a series of trades – some surprising (Jason Garrison), some expected (Ryan Kesler).

Over the past several months the new-look Canucks have trimmed salary dramatically, leaving them with significant salary cap space with which to entice unrestricted free agents this season. As it stands, the Canucks – a team that has always spent to the upper limit of the salary cap – have over $17.5 million in salary cap space according to capgeek.com.

While the crop of available unrestricted free agents is relatively thin this summer, the Canucks have significant needs. In particular, Vancouver is desperate for scoring  and could use more touch and more size up front.

Boston Bruins winger Jarome Iginla may fit the bill and according to CTV’s Kelsey Brade, the Canucks are preparing to “take a serious run” at Iginla if the Bruins can’t get him under contract before July 1st.

 Iginla, as the longtime captain of the Calgary Flames, spent more than a decade playing the role of public enemy No. 1 for Canucks fans. With all of the history, it’s tough to imagine Iginla wearing Canucks colors.

A pact between the Canucks and the captain of the club’s one-time bitter rival might make some sense though. Vancouver’s new general manager Jim Benning was with the Boston Bruins last season, so there’s some familiarity there. Iginla is also represented by Newport Sport Agency’s Don Meehan, who also served as the player agent for new Canucks president Trevor Linden (Benning also worked with Newport Sports for a time).

It’s clear that Iginla’s preference is to remain in Boston, and retaining the 36-year-old power forward is clearly a priority for the Bruins as well. Though there’s a will, there may not be a way; and a pact between these two sides might not be realistic, what with the Bruins being hit pressed up against the upper limit of the salary cap after being hit with nearly $5 million in overage penalties per capgeek.com.