Lanny McDonald knows exactly how Jarome Iginla must be feeling these days.
As a Hall-of-Fame career gets into the later stages, the Calgary Flames captain is still looking for that elusive Stanley Cup ring.
It describes both McDonald and Iginla.
While McDonald stayed with the Flames and left in style, hoisting the Stanley Cup in 1989, his advice to Iginla wouldn't be to follow in his footsteps.
McDonald figures the best chance Iginla has to win is right now — with another team.
"They need to figure out if something works for Jarome," said McDonald, who is participating in a fan contest through Scotiabank called 'See Stanley With Lanny.'
"If it does, maybe it should have happened already. If it doesn't, what can they get for him next year? But they should make a commitment for him to end his career here.
"They have to ask him, 'Where do you want to go and try to win it? But we will do everything possible to re-sign you so you can end your career here.' "
The biggest difference between McDonald in the 1980s and Iginla this decade is the supporting cast around the face of the franchise.
In the final few seasons of McDonald's tenure, he wasn't among the top scorers on the team.
Flames legend offers advice for Iggy
Calgary Sun | Apr 8