After a long career as the face of the Calgary Flames, Iginla has, over the past two years, chased an elusive Stanley Cup, first with Pittsburgh and then Boston. Neither team delivered, but Iginla did, providing the Penguins with 12 points in 15 playoff games in 2013 and contributing seven points in 12 playoff games with the Bruins this past spring. (Two of five goals came in the first-round series against Detroit; one of them was a game-winner.)

Iginla, 37 in July, has a rich history of productivity and durability. Since turning 30 in the summer of 2007, he has missed eight games over seven seasons. He’s a former 50-goal scorer and a consistent 30-goal scorer who reached that benchmark again last season. Imagine how he’d thrive playing next to Pavel Datsyuk. Iginla is incredibly smart, shoots right, would be a huge asset to the power play, and also brings tremendous leadership.

Now, the Wings are waiting to hear from Daniel Alfredsson on whether he wants to play another season. If something works out there, there’s less likelihood of Iginla also being signed. However, if Alfredsson retires, Iginla is well worth pursuing. The Bruins got him for $1.8 million in base salary, and Iginla collected $4.2 million in bonuses for a total of $6 million. Good for Iginla, bad for the Bruins, fiscally speaking, because that translates to an approximate $4.5 million penalty towards next season’s salary cap. Given the restricted free agents Boston has to sign, keeping Iginla will be tricky.