The 2016-17 season won’t go down as the best in Jarome Iginla‘s hockey career, but the Avalanche forward is still hoping to be a valuable contributor on a winning team.
Colorado is one of the few teams that can safely say they won’t be participating in the postseason. So if Iginla wants to help a team take a run at the Stanley Cup, Avs GM Joe Sakic will have to move him before the trade deadline. The veteran is more than willing to be dealt out of Denver if it means he can get another crack at winning it all.
“I would like to, at the deadline, go somewhere,” Iginla told Yahoo’s Puck Daddy blog. “I would like to be in the playoffs. I would hope that there is some opportunity to go and play in the playoffs. Those are the best games, the most fun for sure, and you have a chance to win. So no, I haven’t given up on that chance to win.”
The 39-year-old has put up just six goals and six assists in 48 games this season. That’s not completely surprising when you consider his age, and the fact that the players surrounding him aren’t producing very much either. No team has put up less goals than Colorado’s 94 at this point of the season.
Iginla’s never won the Stanley Cup, but he’s been a productive playoff performer throughout his career. In 81 playoff games, he’s put up 37 goals and 31 assists, which is pretty impressive.
He hasn’t played in a playoff game since he was a member of the Bruins in 2014, and with his contract and career winding down, he knows he won’t have many more opportunities to win the Stanley Cup.
“I have enjoyed it (in Colorado) and there are lots of great young guys here, and I think it’s going to be a promising future,” added Iginla. “But yeah, my window’s not the same as the other guys for sure.”
John Tortorella had no time for questions after blowout loss (Video)
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Former NHL defenseman Zarley Zalapski has died at age 49, according to the Calgary Flames. No cause of death was given.
Zalapski, a native of Edmonton, played 637 NHL games for Calgary, Pittsburgh, Hartford, Montreal and Philadelphia from 1987 to 2000.
He was with the Flames from 1993 to 1998.
“We are proud that Zarley wore the Flames jersey, made Calgary his home following his playing career, represented our alumni executive and we will always remember him as a member of the Flames family,” Flames president and chief executive officer Ken King said Tuesday in a statement.
“This is a terrible loss of a man with great character who truly loved the game of hockey. We express our sincere condolences to the Zalapski family.”
Zalapski was a member of the Canadian team that finished fourth in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
He had 99 goals, 285 assists and 684 penalty minutes in the NHL. Zalapski was named to the all-rookie team in 1989 and participated in the NHL All-Star Game in 1993.
Zalapski played stints in Austria and Switzerland after his NHL career and appeared in 11 games for the United Hockey League’s Kalamazoo Wings in 2004-05.
He was the fourth overall pick by the Penguins in the 1986 entry draft.
Taylor Hall puts on a show as Devils end Kings’ winning streak
The New Jersey Devils put an end to the Los Angeles Kings’ eight-game winning streak on Tuesday night with a rather convincing 5-1 win.
The Devils dominated in pretty much every aspect of the game, limiting the Kings to just 17 shots on goal and scoring five goals against a team that had not allowed more than two goals (and never more than three) during its winning streak.
The star of the game for the Devils was most certainly forward Taylor Hall.
Hall continued what could be a career year with a pair of goals, including this highlight reel play in the second period that saw him force a turnover, split through the Kings’ defense (including Drew Doughty!), then beat Jonathan Quick with a backhander.
With that performance on Tuesday Hall is now up to 11 goals and 31 total points on the season.
His first year with the Devils wasn’t quite what he or the team wanted, but he has bounced back in a big way this season. His performance, along with the development of young players Nico Hischier, Will Butcher, and Jesper Bratt have the Devils back on track to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season.