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Sakic praises Iginla’s leadership in discussing Avs’ acquisition

Jul 20, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

Jarome Iginla AP

After the breakthrough 2013-14 season, the Colorado Avalanche saw younger/prime-year players leave town in favor of grizzled veterans, including Jarome Iginla.

In case there was an impression that was a mere coincidence, Avs exec Joe Sakic made it clear how important Iginla’s experience is while discussing the move with CBS Denver.

“We’ve got two good lines that we feel like he’ll complement either one — whichever one (Head Coach Patrick Roy) wants to put him with,” Sakic said. “And really with that power play and in front of the net he’s still got a great shot. And that leadership — you can’t have enough leadership in the dressing room and he’s definitely going to bring that.”

Iginla may very well provide the most value if he gets high-quality linemates. Sportsnet’s Tyler Dellow provides an interesting take that Iginla might need someone to serve as his “legs,” which may or may not be a realistic goal in Colorado.

Generalized case for that working out: the Avalanche still boast a dazzling array of young forwards who can help Iginla play to his strengths.

Generalized case against: Colorado wasn’t a strong possession team last season and may very well decline in 2014-15, potentially exposing Iginla.

It really is difficult to ignore the age shift in Colorado. Iginla, 37, comes in via free agency while Paul Stastny, 28, leaves town. They traded 31-year-old forward P.A. Parenteau for 36-year-old Daniel Briere and gave up some assets for 34-year-old blueliner Brad Stuart.

Teams generally load up on veterans when they expect to be contenders, so Sakic & Co. seem to be making that statement. For many, the success of that plan might align with Iginla’s highs and lows.

(H/T to Kukla’s Korner)

  1. avscup - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Still one of the youngest teams in the NHL. PA Parenteau was not a good fit on either of those two lines, Jerome will be. Stastny was pretty good last year but not so much the previous couple. Certainly not worth the $7M and his departure gives Mackinnon a chance to be a legit 2C.

    Stuart brings solid 2nd or 3rd paring skill and toughness. Certainly an upgrade to the D.

  2. charastein - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Good luck Iginla. Wish the B’s figured out a way to keep you.

  3. beergold - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:22 AM

    Another 30 goal season coming up for Iggy! Man the Avs power play is going to be devestating this year!

  4. hockeyfan117 - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Iggy is well past his prime, he was lucky to find another big pay day due to an excellent numbers year in Boston due to talent, role, and competition. Now that he comes to a better conf I expect his numbers to look a lot like his last years in Calgary, not that good. The Avs are going to come back to earth hard this season. I doubt they sneak up on anyone and I doubt Varlomov has another season as good as last year. He over achieved last season. Briere and Iggy for 9.5 million,…YIKES!

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