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Colorado lands Iginla: three years, $16 million

Jul 1, 2014, 2:37 PM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 18: Jarome Iginla #12 of the Boston Bruins in action against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 18, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. The Bruins defeated the Devils 4-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Getty Images

Jarome Iginla is headed back to the Western Conference, and joining one of it’s most exciting young teams.

The veteran winger has inked a three-year, $16 million deal with the Colorado Avlanche, per various outlets. It’s a big paycheck and a fairly significant cap hit ($5.3 million) for the 37-year-old, but one Iginla more than earned after leading Boston with 30 goals last year.

The Bruins wanted Iginla back, but conceded they were out of the running in the days leading up to free agency, as their current cap situation prevented Iggy returning for a second season.

In Colorado, Iginla joins a talented, youthful squad with plenty of weapons up front — Calder winners Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan McKinnon, Canadian Olympic center Matt Duchene and excellent two-way forward Ryan O’Reilly. Iginla also becomes the oldest player on the active roster, though the Avs did pick up some additional experience yesterday in acquiring forward Daniel Briere in exchange for P.A. Parenteau.

It’s probably worth noting Iginla is only 11 years younger than his new head coach — 48-year-old Patrick Roy, who won the Jack Adams this year as the NHL’s top bench boss.

Also worth noting? This move will reunite Iginla with ex-Flames teammate Alex Tanguay, who got off to a nice start with the Avs last season before suffering a knee injury that shut him down for the year. The two played on Caglary’s top line together in 2010, centered by current UFA Olli Jokinen.

  1. bruceboudreauchokejob - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    the west keeps getting better while the east continues to spiral into irrelevancy

    • c9castine - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      irrelevancy? doesnt even make sense.

  2. pjblake2redwings - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Holy Hell!! Big pick up by the Avs.. Lose Stasny.. no worries go get Iggy lol

    • polegojim - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      Couldn’t agree more – Stastny’s work ethic was worth losing.

      Iginla brings old school toughness that the young Avs need – he’ll help a few sets of balls to drop and help the Avs reach the ultimate goal, skating more successfully against physical teams

    • c9castine - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      iginla will give the Avs one valuable year i dont see anyway he continues to skate with duchene and mackinnon much longer than that.

      still laughing at boston for having to pay him 4 milion dollars this year on their cap.

      • avscup - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        Plenty of players did fine in their late 30’s. Iginla is a freak physically. He will be fine and will have plenty of talent feeding him the puck. Why do you think he decided to come to Colorado?

        It wasn’t for the Mtn. air?

      • c9castine - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:38 AM

        nope im sorry but i watched him play with sid and geno a couple years ago and he was good and could still score but he had a hard time keeping up. he really fit in well with boston and it suited his pace right now and he had a great year. and like i said im sure hell have one more with colorado’s talent, but after that he will be aging and trying to play with probably the fastest two centers in the league, especially guys who make plays at top speed, not just get from point a to b.

  3. darksidecowboy - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Frickin’ arms race in the Western Conference!

    • 19to77 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      The West is basically the NHL Hunger Games.

  4. lordfletcher - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    I really wanted Iggy in MN and Vanek elsewhere just figuring what the contracts would demand.

    great deal for Colorado for year 1, should be good for year two… but I don’t like year 3. Either way, had to if you’re Colorado as the Central got incredibly tougher today.

    • lordfletcher - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      that was supposed to read but I accidentally deleted the sentence

      “I really wanted Iggy in MN and Vanek elsewhere just figuring what the contracts would demand.” – but now seeing the Vanek and iggy deals, I couldn’t be happier.

      the central is STACKED

      • avfanforlife - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        Central IS Stacked!!! Not just CHI and STL and AV’s, but look what Dallas is doing too… MN is a threat of course – Could be some great battles this year! (sorry PEG and NSH – not feeling it for ya – yet.)

    • getadealdonealready - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      I agree with you, but thought Iggy would cost significantly less than this. I’m liking the Vanek deal after seeing this.

      Even though Iggy has killed us, and now we will see a lot more of him again.

      • imleftcoast - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        Vanek sucks. He wasn’t skating in the quarterfinals. There is no motivating him. Iginla is a leader. No comparison, and I’m a Canucks fan.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        well, Vanek doesn’t suck but he also isn’t the complete player like Parise or Iginla.

        need to word that differently. Guys who score as much as Vanek, do not suck

    • avscup - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      ha! Liking our rivalry this year! Home and home to open er up!

      Avs toughen up a bit with some veterans in Iggy and Stuart. Iggy on a line with Tanguay centered by ROR! Nice.

      • avscup - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        meant for lordfletcher!

      • lordfletcher - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        its going to be a great year to watch these teams collide, especially to open the year!!!!

      • avscup - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        MN is stacked. I especially like the depth with Haula, Niederreiter, etc.

      • tved12 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        Honestly, the worst thing I saw today was Iginla signing with the Av’s. Now we have to see that guy score 6 times a year on us again…. Ugh!

        Good signing for Colorado. A young team gets a veteran who works like Iginla, I think that’s one of the best things you can do.

  5. sixchr - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    I wish Iginla all the best and I hope he wins a Cup. I really wish he could have stayed in Boston but it just couldn’t happen.

    • obamareallysucks - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      sucks he is going the mercenary route for the cup.

    • shutton83 - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Bruins didn’t have the cap space to retain Iginla, I wish him the best

  6. bigbadbruins77 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Good luck iggy. Will be a great mentor for those young studs.

  7. avfanforlife - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    CRAZY Day in the NHL – And my AV’s ! Lost Stats – Gained Iginla
    I’m ok with that – Brad Stuart? I guess… Briere – Not bad… SIGN ROR already!!!!!!!!!

    • pjblake2redwings - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      I think you guys did really good today considering you lost Stats.. Iginla is a nice and surprising pick up. Brad Stuart is a solid tank. Briere IDK about tho. He is very inconsistant and coming to an end soon

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      What is McKinnon and Duchene going to say to Iginla when they like to play the rush, see you down ice in 5-6 seconds not a good fit for the Avs and Briere is a 4th line guy Avs needed to shore up thier defense… I think they really hurt themselves today

  8. lbeezyse - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    No doubt that the Central is the best division in hockey.

    • drobin2 - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Better than the Pacific?

      • avfanforlife - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        I’d say yes – slightly… Let’s put it this way:
        Western teams on the road East – No worries.
        Eastern teams playing in the West – Worries.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        The Sagarin rankings for last year had Central as #1, Pacific #2 Also, 5 central division teams made the playoffs.

        http://sagarin.com/sports/nhlsend.htm.

  9. joeman26 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    troubling day for the B’s not being able to get involved ….

    • thesportsjudge - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      Not really. They knew it would be this way.

      • nunan - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        Exactly. Not to tout the President’s Trophy but, in terms of just measuring how strong a team is, it is an indicator that they’re just fine.

        Lucic – Krejci – x
        Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
        x – Soderberg – Eriksson
        Paille – Campbell – Kelly

        Obviously, these players won’t necessarily be where I put them but the point is, they’re fine. And I’d say they have two legit prospects who have an actual chance of making the opening day roster, especially Spooner. Just not sure where he goes bc he’s a center.

        This is just the natural progression of a team. The longer a successful team stays together, the harder it gets to maintain the same roster year to year bc everyone is getting raises. Krug and Smith will get raises and roster players’ salaries can increase each year. Their prospects become even more important now.

        Lets not forget other teams are having turnover, too…losing key players.

  10. credible316 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    SON OF A B****! This dude always destroys the Wild.

    • avscup - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      hopefully! Get ‘er done Jerome!

      • i1theinternet - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:17 PM

        Jarome

  11. pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Veryyyyyyy goood for Colorado. I hope this works out for Igy. Think this and spezza to dallas were the best moves. Just for them…. They are slightly aged and need young talent around them. They wont be the umber 1 guys but will get some extra pep with the young guns rallying them up.

  12. matt14gg - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    This was the right move for the Bruins. Good player and he had a good year, but B’s need to let Iggy get old on someone else’s dime and they need some cap room.

    • ajsjr40 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Agreed. B’s need some juice. Now its time to put together a package for Evander Kane. Have the goods to get it done and the cap hit is reasonable if Marchand is part of the deal.

      • nunan - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        The guy is a potential cancer though…something to keep in mind, especially for a team like the Bruins who pride themselves on keeping this team together and tight. Can’t discount letting players like Ference, Thornton, and Iginla walk and then bring in a guy like Kane. Complete opposites. Not saying yay or nay, either way…just bringing it up. I don’t get this sudden desire to trade Marchand though. I am completely against that. Sometimes the best move is to do nothing and wait it out.

      • matt14gg - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        Agreed and if you can figure out a way to get Kane to grow up you may still have something…as for Marchand I think the B’s are just rattling his cage a bit to get him to wake up.

  13. luvmnsports2012 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Nice sign Avs!

  14. wutangwild - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    And the Central gets tougher and tougher…not excited to play to “Wild Killer” upwards of a dozen games next season. given last year’s playoff series, this should be a good rivalry going forward. *cue the Avs’ fans comments about Cooke*

    • avfanforlife - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Home – Home to start the season… Someone in the NHL Scheduling Dept. is trying to stir the pot!
      I’m hoping for some highlights that will last the whole season long like Roy v. Partition/Ducks! I want to hate the Wild as much as the deadwings! Oct can’t get here soon enough.
      (what can you say about Cooke that hasn’t already been said?)

      • wutangwild - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        lol good call re: Cooke. he’s effective when he keeps his knees, elbows, skate blades etc. in their proper place but it’s tough to support the guy sometimes. hope he cleans it up because he was great in the reg. season. Would love to see an Avs-Wild rivalry heat up, I have plenty of family and friends in CO and love the state and Denver. I saw that there were plenty of asinine comments from both sides during that series but good to see that both teams are heading in the right direction. best of luck Avs, except when you play us!

  15. illogic87 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    is it hockey season yet?

  16. dipthatchip - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Brooks Oprik is making almost as much money as Jarome Iginla. god damnit WSH

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      Orpik is not worth that kind of money not at his age. the caps must have desperate

  17. nyrnashty - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Wow, Avs are by far my cup pick for next year if they stay healthy.

    • obamareallysucks - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      avs suck.

      • avfanforlife - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        Trolls suck.

    • wutangwild - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      They are definitely in the hunt, but Varly needs to play like he did last year, or upgrade their D. The run and gun style is exciting to watch for sure, but I think the loss of Stastny might hurt more than expected. Pretty excited to see what Mac can do this year, he was by far the most electrifying player this past series

      • jernster21 - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        Losing Stastny sucks mostly due to his tenure and experience but as a player he’s replaceable. We had solid depth down the middle all season until Duchene and Mitchell got hurt. We got Duchene back in the playoffs, but he wasn’t 100% and Mitchell was out the entire series due to concussion which was a major blow – we had to resort to calling up a couple guys from the minors and we simply couldn’t match up as well on the bottom six. That’s when we struggled due to depth issues. Going into next year we have MacKinnon, Duchene, O’Reilly, Briere, Mitchell, Talbot, Winchester, and Cliche who can all play center and the majority of them are comfortable playing the wing also. Stastny’s point production will be replaced by Briere and Iginla either individually (being optimistic about Briere) or combined so I’m not really worried about that.

  18. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Good for him. Always liked him, still wear his Pens jersey to this day.

  19. gallyhatch - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Huge deal for Colorado & Iginla both.

    I would have loved to see him back with Boston next year, but as others have mentioned, they just didn’t have the cap space.

    I wish Iggy all the best out there, too bad the Bruins couldn’t do more with him here.

  20. titansbro - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Waaayyyy overpaid for a 37 y/o. Do not expect him to match last years production. Good pickup, just too many years with too much money.

  21. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Lose Stastn, get Igy – I don’t see this improving as much as the Blues, Stars, hawks and Wild have. Central is going to be even more dominent this year, but Aves may well finish 4th or 5th, especially if they don’t improve their defense.

  22. rsmaggiemae - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    I think the Av;s really did themselves no good in signing Iginla as the Av’s like the rush
    and what is Iginia going to say to Mckinnon or Duchene see you down there in 4-5 seconds

    and Briere is not much help at all being on the 4th line
    they needed to upgrade defense

    • jernster21 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      I know this is going to blow your mind but not every goal is scored on a rush. Iginla is strong and can work the corners and half boards and generate chances for other guys, or he can be a trailing player into the zone off a rush while other guys use their speed and draw defenders to them. Stastny isn’t a fast player either. Neither was Parenteau…you don’t have to be a speedster to be effective.

  23. joejacks - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Avs resigned Holden and picked up Stuart in a trade. The D will be better

  24. nhstateline - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    this is the cynical Bruin season ticket holder side of me: So you raise my ticket price by 46% for next season, do nothing at the trade deadline and lose to Montreal of all teams in the second round of the playoffs. Then you follow that up on free agent signing day by doing well nothing anyone outside of Greater Providence is going to notice. If the Habs showed the Bruins anything it’s that they’re too slow on defense and not skilled enough on offense. And the response has been well nothing. Given the well known dislike of Claude Julien for young players the silver lining in this situation is what exactly ? They’ll take the skilled kids they have in the AHL and Claude will relentlessly not play them. Thus, they won’t progress at all (see Caron, Jordan. He has obvious confidence issues that the coaching staff hasn’t been able to help him with).

    As much as I understand the analytics and the business of all this (and particularly think Iginla’s agent did just a wonderful job for him over the last year), the pure fan in me sees the Bruins sliding back into Jacobs family values and all that represented again……they got worse and they were not good enough to start with but just based on the increased ticket price they’re going to make more money.

    there. now I feel better.

    • jernster21 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      The Bruins don’t have any room to do anything. They’re damn near at the ceiling and they still have Reilly Smith, Krug and Bartkowski to get resigned.

      • nhstateline - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        this is because the current GM values some of the players on the roster too much and has overpaid them and won’t move some of them. I thought on deadline day when they did nothing, their doom was sealed for this year and that turned out to be right. What the Habs showed them is not an aberration even though they’re treating it that way. They have assets they could move on the NHL roster that could solve these problems but they aren’t interested. At the same time their cap problem is also the net result of a drafting and player development system that didn’t work for the first several years of the current management team’s tenure. Seven years into this they start looking at analytics ? Six years into it they decide they need to stop drafting just out of the CHL and the NCAA ? It took six years to figure that out ? Seriously ? At this point, I don’t see an organizational commitment to anything other than more days in first place and making sure everyone gets paid. As for doing what it takes to win the Cup in a given year ? I think that was a one shot deal in 2011.

        That said the Avs fans will like Jerome Iginla. Seemed like a class act and he came to play every night unlike so many of the passengers still on the Bruins roster.

        There now I feel even better.

  25. stonebullet - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    As a Bruins fan it sucked to see Iginla go because of how he fit with the team, and the numbers he put up. But… As a fan if salary cap era NHL I think its a blessing for this team. Loui moves up to the first line, I think they still make a minor trade or two, Soderberg is legit and they need room for him and others next year. The core is solid. In a cap era you need that. I’m not saying we’re better than before, but Bergie n Krejci too two centers, Seidenberg, Dougie, Krug, Chara fronting Rask; most organizations would take that. We’re not looking for our identity, we’re looking for the compliments to what they are. I just don’t think selling everything on the compliments over the essence of your organization is worth it. Best of luck to Iggy, he was great for us, but I really think Boston can continue to threaten as they grow and tweak the roster going forward.

  26. jason9696 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    What a traitor looking for a Cup. From Calgary to Pittsburgh to Boston to Colorado looking for a Cup. I hope the POS never wins it.

    • avscup - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      Go play in the street moron. Isn’t a cup what EVERY hockey player dreams of? He’s HOF’er because of the years he toiled in Calgary on a loser.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        Haters = Losers

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