The man Darryl Sutter replaced as the Flames' general manager says trading captain Jarome Iginla isn't the answer.
"My experience here was there was always talk about trading Jarome," said Craig Button, who was the team's GM from 2000 to 2003 and signed Iginla to a two-year contract extension in 2002. "At that time, it was more surrounding when his contract was coming up. Will you be able to afford Jarome? . . . Jarome always 100 per cent expressed a desire to be part of the Calgary Flames and to help the Flames be successful."
Button says he doesn't believe Iginla's career is in decline, as some have suggested. A dip in production this year might have more to do with playing on a low-scoring team with a weak supporting cast, he added.
"There's nothing easier in hockey than to be able to shut down one player," he said. "And the Calgary Flames, I would argue, have made it really easy for teams to shut down Jarome."
Button says although general managers sometimes have to consider making unpopular moves to improve their team, he doesn't think it's the solution in this case.
"I think that you've got to look at the players surrounding (Iginla)," he said. "What are Jarome's skills and what can complement them?"