After losing Paul Stastny as a free agent and trading P.A. Parenteau, the Colorado Avalanche are hoping that Jarome Iginla can fill in the void offensively.
Iginla is 37 years old, but he had 30 goals and 61 points with Boston last season. He’s also getting the opportunity to play with a great center in Matt Duchene. They teamed up with Ryan O’Reilly in Sunday’s scrimmage and while you can’t read into the box score of an intrasquad game, Iginla has been upbeat about working with Duchene.
“I enjoyed it a lot,” Iginla told the Denver Post. “I think there’s some real good chemistry. I’ve been here about a month now, and although training camp just started a few days ago, it feels like it’s been a few weeks now because guys got together early. I like playing with Dutchy and Factor (Ryan O’Reilly).
“They’re skilled, they’re quick and they create a lot. You can tell they’ve played together a lot, because they have great chemistry, and I just want to add to it.”
Colorado has the potential to have two very effective lines as Alex Tanguay, Nathan MacKinnon, and Gabriel Landeskog are a viable combination for the team’s second unit. MacKinnon spent a fair amount of time with Duchene and O’Reilly last season, but he’s also got plenty of experience playing alongside Landeskog. Having a pair of recent Calder Trophy winners (MacKinnon in 2014, Landeskog in 2012) on the same line is a very rare luxury that the Avalanche have been afforded.
Colorado will get to further test out its lines in a pair of games against Anaheim Monday night.