Rhett Warrener officially recorded 26 assists during his stint with the Calgary Flames.



It would appear the retired-defenceman-turned-radio-personality unofficially recorded another.

One sleep after Warrener said on the Sportsnet FAN960 radio show that his former teammate Jarome Iginla wasn’t showing the competitive juices that made him one of the NHL’s best players for a decade, the Calgary Flames captain had plenty of fire.

Iginla had a pair of assists, dropped the gloves with Dallas Stars rookie Antoine Roussel for his first fight of the season and, most importantly, showed the fire fans have come to love during Wednesday’s 7-4 victory.

The performance begged the question: Did Warrener’s words light a fire under the Flames captain?

Iginla wouldn’t speak to the media after the game, but Alex Tanguay admitted Iginla was pushed by the criticism sent his way.

“He’s a guy with a lot of pride,” Tanguay said. “With the amount of shots and the way he’s played since the start of the year, I’m not worried about Jarome.

“He’s getting his chances. He’s working extremely hard. He’s got too much talent. If he keeps working the same way he did tonight, look out. He’s going to be just the Jarome we know.”

Iginla had plenty of jam from the drop of the puck, showing his ornery side in the early going during a bit of a scrum with Stars centre Derek Roy.

He kept that hard edge to the end of the game, making a point of showing his displeasure with Stars defenceman Trevor Daley giving him a shove after the whistle.

Iginla went into the game with just one goal to go with five assists in the first 10 games of the season.

He didn’t snap his goal-scoring drought, but rest assured if the face of the Flames plays like that the rest of the season, he’ll net plenty of goals.

And Warrener will deserve kudos for a few helpers.