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Iginla optimistic he’ll finally win Cup with Avalanche

Jul 6, 2014, 6:37 PM EDT

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Jarome Iginla knows he’s running out of time to win the Stanley Cup. It was what motivated Iginla to push the Calgary Flames to trade him to Pittsburgh and when that didn’t work out, it led to him signing a one-year deal with the Boston Bruins for the 2013-14 campaign.

So while the fact that the Colorado Avalanche were offering the 37-year-old forward a three-year deal was obviously a factor, Iginla also chose them because he feels he can finally fulfill his desire to lift the Cup with his new teammates.

The Avalanche might seem like a stretch to compete for a championship next season, but as Iginla noted, it’s a young man’s game.

“With this group, I think the sky is the limit,” Iginla said, per the Denver Post. “When I think of some of the teams that have had success in the NHL in the last five or six years, I think of Chicago; they were a very young, very talented team that moved up very quickly, that had a very talented young core when they won.

“Pittsburgh was pretty young when they won. Boston had a pretty young core when they won, too. I think Colorado has a lot of young guys, whether in their first year or third or fourth year or whatever, they’ve been confident and been able to play their way and just keep getting better. I’m excited to be able to come for three years and be part of that, and grow with the guys.”

The Avalanche certainly have a lot of young talent, but they’ve also added some veteran leadership over the summer in Iginla and Daniel Briere. The duo has a combined 205 playoff games under their belts and both of them have been to the Stanley Cup Final. Like Iginla though, Briere is joining the Avalanche in the hope that this young team will be the one that helps him win it all.

  1. spitfisher - Jul 6, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    ” I’m a dreaming man……..” Neil Young harvest moon

  2. billiam55 - Jul 6, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    iginla is a bad luck charm.

    • tru2joelu4eva - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      marian hossa

      • tru2joelu4eva - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        *that was a pro-iginla comment

      • c9castine - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        Because hossa eventually won just took his 3rd try in a row

  3. flyerspsu - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    not out of that west, LA is still LA, Chicago is still Chicago, Anaheim got Kesler and St Louis got Stasny

    • avscup - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      Stastny had a great year, had plenty of bad years also after his last deal was inked.

      • flyerspsu - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:29 AM

        true but that still doesnt change how tough the west is and how unlikely it is for Colorado to win it all

      • pj608 - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:54 AM

        It was a contract year…. Everyone has a good year when its time for a new contract. Look at David Clarkson. Should we battle over some stats? Or isn’t that common sense?

      • avscup - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        Another brilliant comment from the PHT genious!

        Thanks for the enlightenment.

      • avscup - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

        It’s unlikely for all teams in the west. It is a stacked tough division. Repeating as SC champs is next to impossible also. The Avs did well last season while they were not even picked to make the playoffs.

        I think Iginla knows more than any poster on here. He plays against the teams and knows the nuances of winning. I for one will not count the Avs out. MN, STL, and COL will step up.

  4. onemorematt - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Hell, it worked for Bourque, why not? The Avs look like a contender for a while.

  5. Stiller43 - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Avs are at best a 6th-ish team to make it out of the west. Sorry iggy, you may as well just have admitted you signed for the contracf

    • paperlions - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:24 AM

      So? All you have to do is make the playoffs.

  6. bleedrangerblue - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    I’m a dreaming man, yes thats my problem… Dreaming man.

  7. luz56 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Not going to happen… West is loaded and top 5 got better.. Sorry you are not an upgrade over Stastny and you are a bad ass in the dressing room… Too bad media and writers won’t call him for what he is in the dressing room… On the ice you are a HOF

    • nflnhlrulznbasux - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      Please link me to one report that indicates Iggy is/was bad in the dressing room?

      • vanindeed - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:57 PM

        No kidding. Iginla is the definition of consumate pro.

      • luz56 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:34 PM

        Theres no very common knowledge among the Calgary media he was a bad apple in the dressing room..Ask them for yourself…Where was the link on Tiger Woods before he was exposed??How about Arnold Palmer? Media protect themselves until its out then its fair game…Would I take Iginla as a player…Hell yes but its the lack of leadership skills in the dressing room that he lacks and is a bad influence on the young ones…How well did the Flames do after he was traded to Boston??? Yup…..

    • jpelle82 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      you don’t really think he’s reading this do you? why are you talking as if this is his twitter account?

  8. pj608 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    I can see this happening. Definitely. COL can win in 3 years…. everyone underestimated them this year.

  9. willrad00 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    People seem to be forgetting the Av’s won the Central division last year, I don’t know how you can say their not a contender…

    • rmccleary97 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Are they a contender? Offensively, yes; defensively, no – that blueline of Barrie, Johnson, Stuart, Hejda, Wilson, Guenin, Holden and Redmond won’t carry them through 4 rounds. The Avs also won the Central courtesy of a massive choke job by the Blues, and then proceeded to lose to the Wild in 7 after being up 3-2.

      They may get 100+ points again, but they’re not Cup contenders without upgrades on defense.

      • avscup - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        Lost in 7 without Tanguay, without a healthy Duchene, without Barrie…

        It’s ok to underestimate the Avs. Not many thought Chicago was going to win in ’10, or LA in ’12.

        They will surprise the naysayers again!

      • bhinrichs9 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        They got thoroughly outplayed in most of those games vs the Wild. Without Duchene, Barrie, and Tanguay yes, but a lot of helps from the refs.

    • pj608 - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:57 AM

      Yeah, and they have a TON of young guns. MacKinnion just keeps getting better and better. He was the leading guy in playoffs for points for over 3/4s of the playoffs and they only made it to the first round. I like what Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic are doing over there. Also, if you forgot…. look how young Crosby was when he won the cup. Naive players don’t often over think the game especially when they have good leadership. Look for Landeskog to have another great year as well.

  10. 34defense2014 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Because people that call themselves Hickey fans! Most of them are really just fans of the laundry that they root for!? willrad00 ,,that’s why.

  11. rsmaggiemae - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    How many teams is Iginla going to play for to try and win the cup why didnt he stay at Boston take about 1.5 mil a year and win the cup as they have the potential to do so again, but no
    Iginla wants the big bucks and the cup he wants the best of both worlds money and the cup/. but Colo is now not even considered to get to the playoffs this upcoming seasaon as to what happen to thier lineups
    He will not fit in Colo style of play, no way will he win the cup in Colo

    should have taken less money at Boston as he probably has gazillions already socked away so what would one year be with less money if winning the cup meant so much to him

    • nflnhlrulznbasux - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      Iggy DESERVES more than just a paltry 1.5 single term contract to play for some junk team in a junk city. He earned his 6 mill the hard way last year and earned the right over the years to be treated with a contract that shows some respect for him as a player and a currently productive one at that.
      Iggy lost millions alone missing games due to lockouts. In your case MoralMaggie, if you lost your job at McDonalds, you’d probably be doing anything for money to support your crack habit.

      • shutton83 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        I’ll overlook the comments about Boston being a “junk” city and just state the facts, Boston presented Iginla with the best chance to win with a system that fit him well “not fast but physical offense in the dirty areas”. But the reality is that Boston had no cap space, that’s why he signed an incentive laden deal last year. That’s not out of a lack of respect but a financial reality, Iginla is an amazing player but not worth the money it would take to resign him from Boston’s perspective, it wasn’t feasible, COL is a talented team but if a iginla wanted his odds on best bet a winning the cup he would have stayed in the east instead of heading to Colorado for years and cash.

    • pj608 - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:58 AM

      Boston was dumb for not resigning Iginla. He fit that system perfect.

      • shutton83 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:45 PM

        Boston wanted Iginla back, but the bruins had no cap space left

      • pj608 - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        Should have tried to make room? Did they use a buyout or anything? I dont think so.

  12. vbcaps - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    They are def dangerous but the west has a power house group of teams

  13. purpleguy - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Iginla didn’t exactly have a smorgasbord of FA choices to play for a winner — the Bruins offered him a one year deal for peanuts, and the Wild backed out after they signed Vanek. He did pretty well getting a 3 year contract with the Avs, but getting to the finals through the West will be tough.

    • pj608 - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      Colorado was the number one seed in the West! Why does everyone underestimate them…. Not to mention that every time they played CHI in the regular season they Slaughtered them… They will only be better next season

  14. helloname01 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    The avs played to lose in 5 to the Wild, and won’t make the playoffs next year

    • pj608 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:01 AM

      they are young and Duchene and Barrie were injured for most of that series…. For what they had they played very well. Even Ryan Suter looked scared everytime Nathon MacKinnion had the puck and after some of the plays he made he just simply shook his head in disbelief.

      Was a good series for them and i am sure they learned a lot from it. Don”t under estimate them.

      • pj608 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        how can you dislike this unless you clearly didn’t watch that series…. The way Minnesota played defensively was one of the best showings of Team defense and puck control i have seen in a long time. That was a very exciting series to watch and it was close. Every game came down to the last 2 minutes of the 3rd. Especially with Roy pulling the goalie with like 4 minutes left and it worked here and there.

    • numba1wiscosportsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      love this!

  15. joeyashwi - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Yes the Avs played injured. The Wild were also hurt and had their fourth and fifth string goalies playing. No excuses. The West is going to be tough this season and for the near future. MIN, STL, COL, and CHI could all be the number one seed in the East yet one of these teams might not even make the playoffs. Should be an exciting year!

    • pj608 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      The East needs to start winning cups again. I am so sick of hearing about the Western Conference…. Bring back Scott Stevens, Scotty Niedermayer and my rookie Brodeur!!!!

  16. bhinrichs9 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Yea I will agree MacKinnon is going to be something special. Top 5 player in the league soon, he is lightening fast and creative. That whole division is ridiculous. The Wild, Blues, Blackhawks, Avalanche would run through an eastern team. Why is the western conferences stacked in every league!

    • pj608 - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      and not to mention he creates big turn overs and can hit people… another over looked aspect of the young player.

  17. wutangwild - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    The entire central is stacked and only got better this offseason. Not excited to play COL and Iggy multiple times this year but it should make for some entertaining hockey. Bring on October

  18. thatguytml92 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Colorado is a good up an coming team iginla will help a lot more then stastny. They picked up iginla to probably play with mackinon to keep him happy because losing stastny. You don’t have to make the playoffs as the 1st seeded to team to win the cup just gotta get there. The defence could use another top 4 guy can’t rely on varlamov so much

  19. numba1wiscosportsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    I’m optimistic that he is wrong….

  20. joejacks - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    @flyerspsu got a love a comment from a flyers and nittany lion fan about the Avs. Avs pounded the East and if they were in East would have easily went later rounds. They won the central and could have easily made more noise if a puck bounces here or a right call made there in series against Wild. They will be contenders again not pretenders like your before mentioned teams.

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