The Investment: Jarome Iginla signed a three-year, $16 million deal with the Colorado Avalanche.
The Role: Iginla remains an effective scorer and is a durable, physical winger. In this Rick Sadowski article for NHL.com, the veteran explains what he can deliver:
I don't want to be arrogant, but I do believe I can still be very good and continue to be able to contribute offensively as a good player and compete and be physical and skate. I love the game as much as ever and I work as hard as ever in the summer and I look forward to doing that.
The Problem: The Avalanche are a fast, young team and Iginla is an older, slow winger. There was a time when he could have run with the impact youth in Colorado, but at 37, those days are gone. Iginla's three-year deal with Colorado no doubt involves the hopes of winning a Stanley Cup, but the team and the player are not destined to flourish together.