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Colorado Trades Jarome Iginla to Kings

USATSI_9833630_154158418_lowresThe Colorado Avalanche have traded forward Jarome Iginla to the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

The 39-year-old Edmonton native has 19 years of NHL experience under his belt and still packs a punch. He has a lethal shot, even if his production has tapered off over the last while.

In 61 games with Colorado this season, Iginla has 18 points – including eight goals and 10 assists. Four of his goals came on the power play.

Iginla averages 14:44 of ice time a game and has registered 120 shots on goal thus far.

The sure Hall of Famer has 1,291 points in 1,535 games with the Avalanche, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Calgary Flames. Obviously Iginla made his name with the Flames, where he played his best hockey. His best season was a 98-point campaign in 2007-2008.

Iginla has scored 50 or more goals in two seasons in his career, both with Calgary. He rejoins former Flames coach Darryl Sutter in Los Angeles.

“L.A. was one I heard about first,” Iginla said. “And once I did, I was very excited about it and just to go with that. Their track record, their success as an organization and the guys they have there, I jumped at it.”

The former captain is a six-time NHL All-Star and Calgary’s all-time leader in goals, points and games played. He is second in franchise assists to Al MacInnis and is one of just seven players in league history to have scored 30 or more goals in 11 successive seasons.

Iginla was one of the bigger pieces expected to move on trade deadline day, what with the Avalanche being among the league’s premier sellers.

Colorado is seventh in the Central Division with a 17-41-3 record following a 4-0 Tuesday loss to the Flyers.

The Kings, meanwhile, are 30-27-6. That puts them in fifth place in the Pacific Division.

Iginla, long thought to be chasing a Stanley Cup, has moved to a team that isn’t necessarily a sure thing in terms of securing hockey’s ultimate prize. They’re a point behind St. Louis for the final wildcard spot in the Western Conference and will have to pick things up in the stretch to pull into the post-season. They’re 3-5-2 in their last 10 games.

Colorado will retain half of Iginla’s salary as part of the deal. He’s in the final year of a three-year $16 million contract and will become an unrestricted free agent as of July 1.

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