Originally Posted by loco man
What can be expected from Iggy over the next couple of years? Assuming the season is lost, is there ANY chance he retires?
How many 30+ years left in the tank?
He's very committed to his fitness level. He spends a lot of time on keeping his body in the best possible shape. His body isn't breaking down either. He hasn't missed a game since 2006-2007 and he's only missed 42 games over his entire career. So that shouldn't be an issue yet. He's almost dedicated to it on an obsessive level.
Secondly, his point total is almost likely directly tied to his linemates/team's ability to score. Last season the Flames were bottom ten is goals scored per game. The year before that the team was top ten in scoring. The season before that one they were 2nd last in goals per game. 2008-2009 the Flames were again top 10 and coincidently Iginla had another 80 point season (89).
In fact all three times Iggy has scored less than 86 points since the lockout, it's been when the Flames haven't been in the top half of the league in goals per game. In those years when they were bottom ten in scoring, the Flames have had no more than 2 other players with 15 or more goals. While Iggy is a shooter, he's a much more effective player when he has someone to work with in a playmaking game. His norm is like 35-40 goals and 45-50 assists.
He's done absolutely nothing to show his game has dropped. Even in his up years goal wise, he's incredibly consistent keeping a shot percentage at 14.8 or 14.9 percent. When his goal total is closer to the low end its in the 11.9 to 12.7 percent.
So basically expect consistent play from Iggy. 30-35 goals and 30 to 40 assists if the Flames offense is bottom 15, and about 35-40 goals and 40-45 assists if the offense is top 15. Even his PPP have been remarkably consistent. Between 31-33 powerplay points in his up years and first down year, and 19 and 22 in his last two down years respectively.
There is really nothing to suggest that Iginla's play has dropped, just that in his level of teammates. And agreed with JoeSakic19, no chance Iggy retires.
14T BiWeekly H2H. 4 C/RW/LW, 6 D, 2 G
Cats:G(3), A(1.5), +-(1), PIM(0.2), PPP(1), SOG(0.2), GWG(1), SHP(2), Hits(0.3), BkS(0.4). W(2), SO(2), OTL(0.5), SV(0.2), GA(-1), L(-1).
LW - Pactches, Benn, Ott, Foligno, Belesky
C - Staal, Thornton, M Richards, Giroux
RW - Ovie, Hossa, Callahan, Tara, Neil
D - Weber, OEL, Shatty, Seidenberg, Suter, Wiz, Beauch, Wiz, MacDonald
G - Lundqvist, Varlamov, Allen
Prospects - Schultz, M Rielly, Ramo, Brodin, RNH, Forsberg, D Shore, Trouba, Bjugstad
IR- RNH, Kulikov
Last edited by theIceWookie; 12-09-2012 at 06:21 PM.