The Colorado Avalanche may’ve lost Paul Stastny, but that blow was softened with the news that they’ve signed Jarome Iginla to a three-year deal worth $16 million dollars. That’s a cap hit of $5.33 million per season.
Iginla, 37, is a veteran forward who can still put up points. Last season on the Boston Bruins, Iginla scored 30 goals in 78 games and contributed 61 points overall. Avalanche fans know all about Iginla from his time with the Calgary Flames. He was an Avalanche killer for many years but will now look to help the team win another Stanley Cup, which would be the first of his career.
Iginla continued to narrow down his list of teams throughout the day with the final two coming down to the Vancouver Canucks and the Avs. In the end, the Avs won out.
In 1310 career NHL games, Iginla has 560 goals and 1167 points. He’s a power forward who doesn’t shy away from contact and has a knack for scoring goals. He’ll play on one of the Avs top two lines in the upcoming season.
Thoughts: This definitely makes up for the loss for Stastny. Jarome Iginla is a veteran leader who can still score goals. It’s pretty obvious what the Avs are doing right now and I must say I like it. Iginla will fit in nicely with either Nathan MacKinnon or Matt Duchene. Not only will he get plenty of scoring chances, but he’ll free up a lot of space for those two to work as well.