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Canucks to make big push for Iginla

Jul 1, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

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By now you know Jarome Iginla will be testing free agent waters again today. What you may not know is there’s a Western Conference team that’s expected to push hard for him.

TSN’s Farhan Lalji reports the Vancouver Canucks will make a big push for the 37-year-old Iginla. One thing the Canucks have going for them are a pair of executives who are close with him in President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden and GM Jim Benning.

Iginla is coming off a season in which he put up 30 goals and 61 points for the Boston Bruins, and even at his age he’s getting a lot of attention.

The Bruins would like to keep him around, but with other teams like the Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, as well as the Canucks, potentially offering him two-year deals, he’s got his pick of where he’d like to be to pursue his first Stanley Cup.

Age may be a concern for some teams, but good luck finding a guy who has been as consistent as Iginla throughout their career.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    I don’t think he’d be able to win a cup in Vancouver

    • notan9ner - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      We all know he can’t win a cup with the penguins.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:31 AM

        Nor did our idiot ex-coach use him properly.

  2. phtjoey - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Why? I get the fact they need to show their fan base that they are serious, by why not spend the money and energy on developing younger talent for the future.

    • chunkyschoice - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      Having an older veteran like Iggy around would actually help develop the younger talent, like as a player-coach or something. I’m glad they’re not trading anyone for him, but as a free agent signing this makes sense.

  3. mess1109 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    I don’t get it… I thought he left Calgary because he was at the end of his career and wanted to win a cup. So why would he even consider Detroit or Vancouver who aren’t close to winning yet. If the money is the issue then he should have just stayed in Calgary to begin with.

    • imleftcoast - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      He would have. The Canucks would love to have him, but isn’t anything but money left to entice him. Plus, they are announcing this morning that Miller is signed.

  4. bigbadbruins77 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    I thought he wanted to win a cup?

  5. stonebullet - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    As we’ve seen with Colorado, or even LA (being an 8 seed before and winning a Cup) teams that are coming off less than stellar performances can push for and win the whole thing. I just think Vancouver is more than just Iginla way from getting back there. I’d be shocked if he signed there. Will Chirelli flinch and trade Kelly and other big contracts?

  6. dboldave - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    I can’t see him going to Vancouver. If he doesn’t re-sign with Boston I think he goes to Detroit. With that being said, watch some team come from out of nowhere to land him.

  7. mackstrong2013 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    I think his legacy as a flame is a bigger Hurdle than the whole cup thing. I think Benning could sell him on the idea of the Canucks being a contender, and with the right moves they can be. Especially on a 2+ year deal

  8. rainyday56 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    The idea of bringing Iginla to the ‘nucks has the stench of “Mark Messier” all over it. If a spot in the “ring of honor” is one of his demands, back away … lol

  9. Wineshard - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    How about this theory? He signs in Vancouver for decent money and term with the intention of sending him to a contender at the trade deadline? Easier to fit him under the Cap as a rental.

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