According to TSN on Tuesday, the Colorado Avalanche have signed Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jarome Iginla of Edmonton, Alberta to a three year deal worth $16 million. The deal allows Iginla to make an average of $5.3333 million each season over the next three years through the 2016-17 National Hockey League regular season.
Iginla, a right winger, won the gold medal for Canada in men's ice hockey at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City and then again at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Last season while with the Boston Bruins, Iginla co-led the Boston Bruins with 30 (along with two-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist Patrice Bergeron) and led Boston with eight game winning goals.
Iginla, who played 17 seasons with the Calgary Flames, was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2013 National Hockey League trade deadline for Ben Hanowski, Kenny Agostino and a first round draft pick in the 2013 National Hockey League entry draft, where the Flames selected Calgary native Morgan Klimchuk. Iginla was also a free agent last summer and signed a contract with Boston where he was third on the Bruins with 61 points and was a very impressive +34.
Now with Colorado, the Avalanche will be hoping that Iginla will be able to replace Paul Stastny, who signed a four year deal worth $28 million with the St. Louis Blues. Stastny had 25 goals and 35 assists for 60 points with Colorado last year and will now try to add an offensive spark to the Blues, who are known throughout the entire National Hockey League for their defense rather than their offense.
In Colorado, Iginla will automatically be a top six forward and will be part of a nucleus that contains reigning Calder Trophy winner Nathan MacKinnon, reigning Lady Byng trophy winner Ryan O'Reilly, leading point producer Matt Duchene and Swedish captain Gabriel Landeskog, who when healthy is one of the best power forwards in the NHL.
Iginla will also be coached by Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy, who is also the reigning Jack Adams winner for NHL coach of the year. During his playing days, Roy also won four Stanley Cups (two each with Montreal and Colorado), three Conn Smythe Trophies and three Vezina Trophies.
Iginla is also no stranger to NHL hardware. Iginla won the Art Ross Trophy in 2002 and Maurice Richard Trophy in 2002 and 2004.