Prospects won't help Flames much

Updated: March 28, 2013, 2:32 PM ET
By Grant Sonier

After 525 goals and numerous awards the face of the Calgary Flames, team captain Jarome Iginla, is off to Pittsburgh to join Sidney Crosby and company. It was not shocking that Iginla was traded, as speculation ran rampant for several weeks that the Flames would move the big, power winger who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. What did surprise was the paltry return the Flames obtained for one of the biggest names on the trade block.

To be fair to GM Jay Feaster, there were several factors limiting the value the GM could get for his franchise forward. Craig Custance already explained why the Flames were burned by holding onto Iginla until the final year of his current contract. But the biggest hindrance was the clause in Iginla's contract that required his approval before the Flames could deal him away. It was that clause that allowed Iginla to pick the Penguins over the Bruins ... even if the Boston Bruins offered a much sweeter deal to Calgary. And according to rumors and reports, that was precisely the case.

For all Iginla has given to the franchise over the years, and for all the franchise has done to help him pursue a Cup, the star winger certainly didn't do the Flames a favor on the way out the door. I say that because, in my opinion as a former NHL scout, the prospects heading to Calgary will do little to rebuild a Flames pipeline that features few top-tier prospects. In addition to a few possibilities for how the Flames can use their second first-round pick, here's a look at Kenny Agostino and Ben Hanowski, the Pens prospects now heading to the Flames -- and the Bruins prospects rumored to have been offered by Boston.