Updates from Tuesday, July 1
TSN's Bob McKenzie reports Jarome Iginla has agreed to a contract with the Colorado Avalanche:
Adrian Dater of the Denver Post previously indicated the Avs' interest in Iginla:
T-minus 2 hours, 25 minutes until the start of NHL free agency here.
We’ll probably know the fate of Paul Stastny soon (nobody saying much from the parties, so speculate away…).
One thing I can report with certainty: the Avs plan to make a strong bid for Jarome Iginla. We’ll see if they can land the 500-plus veteran goal-scorer, but the Avs are definitely in on Iginla.
He scored 31 goals last year. The man can still definitely play, and he’s great buddies with Joe Sakic. He would make a nice addition to the lineup. But a lot of teams will be interested in him, and the Boston Bruins still hope to keep him (though that seems far-fetched by now).
TSN's Farhan Lalji mentioned another team that was in the mix:
The 2014 edition of NHL free agency begins on Tuesday, and one of the biggest names likely headed to the open market this offseason is Boston Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla.
Iginla made just $1.8 million in salary last season, but with the new $69 million salary cap, Boston will have a tough time finding a spot for the veteran on the roster at his current pay rate.
Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports is reporting that Iginla is interested in a two-year deal, but would accept a one-year contract with the Bruins:
According to Mike Cole of NESN.com, the winger’s willingness to sign a one-year deal could be enough to sway the organization to stick with him for at least next season:
The Bruins likely can’t sign Iginla to anything but a one-year deal. The team is up against the $69 million NHL salary cap, which means it likely would have to sign Iginla to another one-year, bonus-heavy deal to keep him in Boston. According to this report, it sure sounds like Iginla and his camp are open to signing that type of a deal.
The problem for Boston will be the competition on the open market. Iginla may have lost a step as he enters his age-37 campaign, but he still managed to put up 30 goals and 31 assists last season while being one of the main leaders for the team on and off the ice.
The Canucks are one of the organizations that feels adding the talented winger would be a smart decision, per Kelcey Brade of CTV Vancouver:
Any franchise on the cusp of contending for a Stanley Cup should be looking for veteran leadership and offensive production. As seen from his performance throughout the 2013-14 season, Iginla still has plenty of fight left in him.
After 17 seasons in the NHL, it is clear that the veteran wants to win a championship before he retires. Signing with the organization he feels is closest to winning the title would be in his best interest at this stage of his decorated career.
While the Bruins may be a top contender for a title this season, there are several elite teams in the Western and Eastern Conferences that would love to add a star of Iginla's caliber for an affordable price.
Iginla won’t put a team on his shoulders and carry it to success like he once did with the Calgary Flames, but adding a player with his skill set could turn a playoff afterthought into a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.