Jarome Iginla‘s time with the Colorado Avalanche has come to an end, and it is resulting in a reunion with one of his former coaches, Darryl Sutter.
The Los Angeles Kings acquired Iginla in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday in exchange for a conditional 2018 fourth-round draft pick.
The Avalanche will also be retaining half of Iginla’s remaining salary for this season.
The 39-year-old Iginla is in the final year of a three-year contract with the Avalanche and had expressed a desire to be moved before the deadline to go to a contender.
At this point, though, the Kings are on the outside of the Western Conference playoff picture, sitting one behind the St. Louis Blues for the second wild card spot. They just added goaltender Ben Bishop over the weekend but are still desperate to add some sort of offense to a team that is in the bottom-five of the league in goals for the season and has scored just 24 goals in their past 12 games.
Whether or not Iginla, who only has eight goals and 10 assists in 61 games this season, will be enough to help remedy that problem remains to be seen.
The obvious intrigue here is the reunion between Iginla and Sutter. The two spent two-and-a-half years together in Calgary between the 2003 and 2006, including the 2003-04 season when they reached Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
If the Detroit Red Wings finally miss the playoffs this year — and it’s a near certainty they will — their general manager, Ken Holland, will work hard this summer to make sure it doesn’t become a habit.
“We don’t want to miss two years in a row,” Holland told TSN today.
That being said, the GM is excited he’ll be going to the draft with so many selections. In the past few days, the Wings have acquired three third-round picks by selling off Brendan Smith, Thomas Vanek, and Tomas Jurco.
“Somebody told me it’s the most picks we’ve had in a draft since 2002,” said Holland. “Usually we go into these drafts with five or six picks, (because) we’ve traded picks away.”
The Wings may also draft in the top 10 for the first time since — amazingly — 1991. That was the year they took Martin Lapointe, who’s long since retired.
In spite of the losing season, Holland has been encouraged by a number of youngsters who’ve taken steps in their development, referencing Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou, Petr Mrazek, Tyler Bertuzzi, and Evgeny Svechnikov.
The GM didn’t have to mention Dylan Larkin, who’s still only 20. Larkin’s endured a tough sophomore season, but still has great promise.
The key for the Wings will be to add more and more young talent — especially down the middle and on the back end, which was once a great strength but is now a significant weakness.
“These moves that we made for these draft picks will allow us to pick more players,” said Holland, “and hopefully some of them will end up as Red Wings down the road.”
Here’s the full list of deals made prior to the Wednesday, March 1 3 p.m. EST trade deadline..
To Colorado: G Joe Cannata
To Washington: D Cody Corbett (link)
To Colorado: F Brendan Ranford
To Arizona: F Joe Whitney (link)
To New York Rangers: F Daniel Catenacci
To Buffalo: D Mat Bodie (link)
To Toronto: F Sergey Kalinin
To New Jersey: D Viktor Loov (link)
To Washington: D Tom Gilbert
To Los Angeles: ’17 conditional 5th-round pick (link)
The goaltending situation in Philadelphia has become a lot more clear today, as they’ve signed Michal Neuvirth to a contract extension.
According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, it’s a two-year deal worth a total of $5 million ($2.5 million cap hit).
Neuvirth was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.
The 28-year-old has been between the pipes for nine of his team’s last 11 games, but he’s dropped four of his last five decisions. He has a 10-9-1 record with a 2.90 goals-against-average and a .887 save percentage in 24 games.
The duo of Neuvirth and Steve Mason hasn’t worked out too well in Philadelphia. Both players have struggled to find consistency in their game, which has been problematic for the Flyers.
Even though Neuvirth will be back, they can still shake things up by moving on from Mason, who is also scheduled to become a free agent on July 1st.
The Flyers also re-signed forward Pierre Edouard Bellemare earlier today.