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Iginla: Stanley Cup or no, I’m not retiring

May 20, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla isn’t sure where he’ll play hockey next year, but he does know one thing:

He’ll be playing somewhere.

The Pittsburgh winger told the Calgary Herald that, even if he wins his first-ever Stanley Cup this spring, he won’t consider retiring.

Here’s more, from the Herald:

What Jarome Iginla does know is that, whatever happens, Stanley Cup or no, he’ll be playing next season. Somewhere. There’ll be no teary Ray Bourque-like goodbye should the dream at long last come to fruition.

“I had one fan come up to me in a restaurant the other night,” he laughs, “just to say ‘Good luck, Friday.’ And I’m like ‘Thank you.’ And then, out of the blue, he says: ‘If you guys win it, are you going to retire?’ He must’ve thought I said yes, because he was like ‘C’mon? No! No!’

“But, no, I don’t plan on retiring.

“I still feel good. I still love the game. God willing, I’d love to win the Cup this year. But, regardless, I plan on playing for a while longer.”

Iginla turns 36 and will become an unrestricted free agent this July. With his new deal, money likely won’t be an issue — he’s made $56 million on his last two contracts alone — but it will be interesting to see how long he signs for.

The 11th overall pick at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Iginla can look around the league and see a number of ’95 first-rounders still playing — Shane Doan, Wade Redden, Radek Dvorak, Jean-Sebastien Giguere — so there’s little surprise he wants to keep playing.

That said, Iginla has been grinding it out for 17 years and participated in over 1200 regular season contests (including a stretch of 410 straight from 2007-12).

The only ’95 draftee with a similar workload is Doan — who, it has to be mentioned, was getting mega-offers last summer during free agency.

  1. dumbassgreg - May 20, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    if he will sign for 2 million okay anyone gives him much more they are fools.also he needs to be with good players can’t carry bad ones on his back like he did some many years in calgary

    • habhaters11 - May 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      hes definitely worth more then 2 million… but not the salary he is getting now

  2. scottybcboy - May 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Thank goodness that the Bruins didn’t give up Bartkowski, Koko, and a first round pick for this guy!
    As much as Jagr has disappointed, it was still a better trade for the B’s long term.

    • bobhpine - May 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      The Bruins tried their hardest to make that trade…and then whined about it when Iggy picked the Penguins. Remember? That happened about 6 weeks ago.

      • scottybcboy - May 20, 2013 at 9:27 PM

        Yeah I remember….but I’m not a Bruin, just a fan. You know the difference, right?

  3. pastabelly - May 20, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    The Bruins didn’t whine about not getting Iginla. They moved on. At this point, I hope he goes back to Pittsburgh and Depuis goes elsewhere. Agree on keeping Bartkowski , Koko, and the first round pick. Jägr for a first round pick was still costly.

    • whammy71 - May 21, 2013 at 7:21 AM

      Yinz whinned like a bunch of slobbering 6 months old. Cry, cry, cry!!! Then you ganged up with the DB Filthy fanbase and started bashing the Pens left and right.

      Thats the only reason I joined this site – I couldn’t take 2 cities full of DBs ragging on the Pens… eff off!

      And the Parade is still on….your team is playing for nothing but 2nd place. Enjoy your golf season – it starts in 3 weeks max – that is if you get past the Rangers (remember – they were down 0-2 to the Crapitals)

  4. wisdomnfl - May 20, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Neither Jagr nor Iginla look all that great – both have really slowed and are just rental players in the future.

    • killerpgh - May 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM

      Iginla had a 8 game point streak and had 10 points in the 1st 7 games of the playoffs this year. I think he can still be more than just a rental player at this point is his career. He might not be the impact superstar player he was years ago, but he can still contribute and be a affective scoring line/power play player.

  5. navyeoddavee9 - May 20, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Say what you will to make you feel better. the truth is the Bruins WHINED. And of course they moved on, they had to!

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