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Under Pressure: Jarome Iginla

Aug 7, 2014, 2:50 PM EDT

Jarome Iginla

Look, this isn’t to say that the Colorado Avalanche’s success in 2014-15 will be dependent on Jarome Iginla. The 37-year-old winger will be a reasonably significant part of the equation, to be sure; however, the young core of Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O’Reilly, Nathan MacKinnon, and Semyon Varlamov is exactly that — the core. As in, the most important part.

We picked Iginla for this post because, after leaving Calgary to chase his first Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh and Boston, he still doesn’t have a ring. Evidently, he feels has a chance to get one in Colorado.

“With this group, I think the sky is the limit,” Iginla said, per the Denver Post, after signing a three-year, $16 million deal with the Avs. “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.”

How ready the Avs really are to compete for a Cup is up for debate. On paper, Colorado’s blue line doesn’t look championship caliber. Certainly, there’s no Zdeno Chara, Drew Doughty or Duncan Keith back there.

Of course, for Iginla, it’s not just about next season in Colorado. There’s a reason he pushed for a three-year deal.

“You don’t want to come and just have one shot at it, on a one-year deal,” he said.

But Iginla has played 1,310 games in his stellar NHL career. Only two active players, Jaromir Jagr (1,473) and Shane Doan (1,315) have played more than that.

So while he’s not quite down to his last shot to hoist Lord Stanley, he’s getting there.

  1. mbogdan0 - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    What a pointless article.

    • doctorrosenrosen - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      Yeah, well, it’s Aug. 7 and we’re just killing time anyway. Go outside maybe.

      • billiam55 - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        ……..whso “we’re”?

      • rssaspe26 - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        You serious, billy?

    • patthehockeyfan - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      I posted this comment the day the Ducks were the story-of-the-day. It might be appropriate here, too:

      Sirius, the Dog Star, is in the sky as part of the constellation Canis Major. So arrives, as they do every year, the dog days of summer. The star was believed to cause lethargy, indolence, and a general lack of progress. Hockey fans are known to be especially restless during this time. Evidence of this restlessness includes impatience, a tendency to criticize, and a longing for the season to begin.

      PHT writers are, unfortunately, the targets of this criticism, and, perhaps, also victims of the dog days syndrome. (I’m guilty myself of jumping all over James O’Brien a few days ago.)

      Damn dog days!

  2. cliffatola - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    As a hockey fan it is a blast to see guys like Iginla play. He has been a class act the entire time and felt he had to leave Calgary to ultimately get his name on the Stanley Cup, just like Bourque had to leave Boston and several others with their respective teams. What I get tired of hearing is that they deserve to have their names on the Cup, this just isn’t true, hockey is a team sport and it is unfortunate that some players who exemplify what is great about the game never get their names engraved on it but because you acted like a professional and played with your heart on your sleeve for the duration of your career does not mean you get to be a Stanley Cup champion by default. I wish Iginla the best in Colorado but getting that ring is something that is earned not deserved.

    • cyggyx1 - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      yep. There are trophies for these guys

      Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
      Bridgestone Messier Leadership Award
      King Clancy Memorial Trophy
      Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

  3. billiam55 - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    the bad luck charm!

  4. rsmaggiemae - Aug 7, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    I have always said that with him signing with the Av’s is McKinnon and Duchene going to say to him see you down ice in 10 seconds. There is no way this guy is going to be able to keep up with those two…. He wants it all the cup and the big bucks, if he was serious in winning the cup why didnt he stay in Boston play for the 2 mil and get the cup, no he has to get the big bucks also… My opinion, just greedy for his own good.
    I know everyone likes him, but I have never thought that much of him even in Calgary.
    and especially after what he did to Boston with the so called signing… what a farce
    I wouldnt trust this guy past my nose….
    just self interest not the love of hockey

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