|(NHL) Iginla to join Avalanche
Jarome Iginla, who is the Calgary Flames' all-time leader in goals and points, signed a three-year contract for a reported US$16 million with the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.
The 37-year-old Iginla, of Canada, will be entering his 18th National Hockey League season when he hits the ice with the Avalanche in October.
"We are excited about Jarome Iginla becoming a member of the Avalanche,'' said Joe Sakic, Colorado's executive vice president of hockey operations. ''Jarome's track record speaks for itself.
"He is one of the top goal scorers of all time, as well as a great leader. His addition will bolster our offense.''
The signing of Iginla helps ease Colorado's loss Tuesday of American forward Paul Stastny who signed a four-year deal with the St. Louis Blues.
Future Hall of Famer Iginla has compiled 560 career goals and is coming off a 30-goal season with Boston in 2013-14. He also added 31 assists in 78 games with the Bruins, who signed Iginla to a one-year, US$6 million deal last year.
It was the 12th time he reached the 30-goal mark during his brilliant NHL career. He did it 11 straight seasons for Calgary.
Iginla had played his entire NHL career with Calgary before getting dealt to Pittsburgh at the 2013 trade deadline. After Pittsburgh's loss to the Bruins in the 2013 league playoff semi-finals, the power forward signed with Boston for the 2013-14 season. He played 16 seasons with the Flames.
Iginla hopes to bring leadership and add scoring and grit on the top two lines for Colorado, which won the Central Division title last season thanks in part to a young forward group that includes Canadian Olympian Matt Duchene and rising star Nathan MacKinnon.
Colorado added another veteran forward on Monday, trading P.A. Parenteau to Montreal for the speedy Daniel Briere.
In another significant deal on Tuesday, the Dallas Stars acquired playmaker Jason Spezza in a trade with the Ottawa Senators.
The Stars also received forward Ludwig Karlsson while the Senators got forwards Alex Chiasson, Alex Guptill and Nicholas Paul along with a 2015 second round draft pick.
The 31-year-old Spezza served as captain last season of the Senators who made him the second overall pick in the 2001 entry draft. In 75 games, he tallied 23 goals and 43 assists.
Forward Thomas Vanek also switched teams as the Austrian free agent signed a three-year contract with the Minnesota Wild.
Vanek played in 78 regular-season games last year for Buffalo, the New York Islanders and Montreal, finishing with 27 goals and 41 assists. He added five goals and five assists over 17 playoff games to help the Montreal reach the postseason semi-finals for the first time since 2010.
In other moves, the Vancouver Canucks and free agent goaltender Ryan Miller agreed to a three-year contract while centre Brad Richards signed a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. --AFP