Edmonton Oilers: Addressing the Jarome Iginla Rumors

Social media went ablaze with speculation Thursday, as many were discussing a rumor regarding Jarome Iginla being in talks with the Edmonton Oilers.

The rumor first came on Wednesday in a tweet from Joshua Marshall. According to his bio, he works as an NHL scout and reporter, though his credentials are unclear. Still, he mentioned that the Oilers have been in talks with the 40-year-old veteran.

Some were quick to believe the rumor, but others were somewhat skeptical of Marshall. While no one is denying his credentials, he has been incorrect on many different occasions so far this offseason.

Earlier in the summer, Marshall speculated that McDavid and Draisaitl were both going to sign long-term deals that would be announced on the same day. Of course, that rumor was false. Additionally, Marshall reported that Draisaitl turned down an eight-year, $64 million deal during the negotiations. However, Draisaitl signed for this in the end.

 

When it comes down to it, the rumors came to an end when Oilers Now host Bob Stauffer responded to the speculation.

“I don’t believe it make sense and I’m not getting any indications it’s going to happen,” Stauffer said on Oilers Now Thursday.

In the end, when it comes to sources to trust, fans should only believe speculation that comes from verified sources, credible publications or figures or anyone who has credentials or works for a notable place.

Iginla and the Oilers

Iginla had 14 goals and 27 points in 61 games split between the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings this past year. And though he certainly has a lot left to offer, he doesn’t seem to serve as a big asset that the Oilers need. Edmonton’s roster is young, and considering their depth chart and players, someone younger and with more time to develop will be more useful to them moving forward.

Edminton’s roster is young, and considering their pieces, someone younger and with more time to develop may be more suitable. Plus, Iginla may want a contract and not a PTO, and the Oilers don’t have the money to really commit to any big-name pieces. Instead, perhaps they should wait to see what they have, and then sign a low-risk, up-and-coming winger if necessary.

Edmonton’s roster is young, and considering their pieces, someone younger and with more time to develop may be more suitable. Plus, Iginla may want a contract and not a PTO, and the Oilers don’t have the money to really commit to any big-name pieces. Instead, perhaps they should wait to see what they have, and then sign a low-risk, up-and-coming winger if necessary.