Jarome Iginla traded to the Los Angeles Kings
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Mar 03, 2017,
Mar 03, 2017, 0:50
The 39-year-old Iginla joins his fifth National Hockey League team for one more run at the Stanley Cup that has eluded him.
In an interview on TSN immediately following his trade from the Colorado Avalanche to the Kings, Iginla admitted he isn't sure what's going to happen after this season.
It was reported on Wednesday morning that Iginla has been dealt to the Los Angeles Kings, pending an official trade call. They started off the moves by trading for Lightning goalie Ben Bishop earlier in the week, and traded forward Dwight King to the Canadiens for a conditional pick earlier Wednesday.
The last time Iginla played for Darryl Sutter - the current head coach of the Kings, they were both with the Calgary Flames. Los Angeles sits one point back of the St. Louis Blues for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference with 19 games left to play this season. He signed a free-agent contract with Boston that summer and joined the Avalanche in the summer of 2014 as a free agent. He came closest in 2004 when he led the Calgary Flames to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals with 13 goals and 22 points. It remains to be seen if Iginla still has the foot speed to help the Kings offense. This year, though, he's only put up eight goals and 18 points in 61 regular season games - so if the Kings were looking to add to their roster in a net positive way, this may not be how to do it.
Iginla will debut for the Kings Thursday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.