Both are eligible to become unrestricted free agents this summer and both are willing to waive their no-trade clauses to chase a Stanley Cup, a trophy that has evaded them in their long and distinguished careers.
In a humorous twist, one of Doan’s teammates from 20 years ago, Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Gartner, accidently signed the back of Doan’s sweater. Doan played with the autograph visible in the hopes it might bring him some luck.
He’s been down this road before. Iginla asked Calgary, his longtime team, for a trade before the 2013 deadline and chose the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Boston Bruins, only to have his new team swept by the Bruins in the East final.
Even though their production is way down this season — Doan has five goals in 57 games after scoring 28 times last season, while Iginla has scored seven goals in 57 outings after checking in with 22 in 2015-16 — contending clubs could be interested in adding the veterans.
Both players, however, are durable and would bring in leadership, experience as well as a physical element. They would be support players, finding a spot in the top nine forwards and perhaps on the second power-play unit.
Iginla remains a threat on the side at the faceoff dot with his one-timer ability. Doan is a net-front presence who still possesses an excellent capacity to protect the puck and retrieve the puck after missed shots or errant pass attempts.
Even though Doan and Iginla have been rather light in terms of playoff experience and haven’t won a Stanley Cup, they are proven winners. Doan, in his 22nd NHL season, hasn’t been in the post-season since 2012, when the Los Angeles Kings eliminated the Coyotes in the West final. He has only 55 playoff games to his credit but has won two world championships with Canada in 2003 and 2007.
Iginla and Doan were teammates with the winning Canadian side in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey but also suffered through the disappointment of the Canadian team that lost in the quarter-finals of the 2006 Olympics.
Doan was taken seventh overall by the Winnipeg Jets. Iginla was selected four spots later by the Dallas Stars, but then traded a few months later to the Flames for Joe Nieuwendyk.
With the exception of the few times Doan and Iginla have played together for Canada, the friends have butted heads in the NHL as opponents for more than two decades.
In a way, they are opponents for this upcoming trade deadline because what they offer to a contender is similar. That’s why it will be interesting to see what develops for the two friends in the next 10 days.