The daily Jarome Iginla update crowd grew bigger Monday.

Concern might be growing, too.

Considering this team hasn't had to do without its biggest star for any real length of time since he joined the Flames full-time in 1996, it's hard to imagine them without him.

It's unlikely his minor bout with back spasms that has kept him off the ice for two straight days — and possibly a couple more to come — is a signal the 34-year-old is breaking down physically.

Rumour has it he claimed the title of Fittest Flame once again this year.

But there's a reason the group waiting for word from Iginla on his current status multiplied.

One day, his time in the NHL will come to a close. And it could be something that starts as a simple as back spasm that triggers it.