Wednesday, March 1, 2017
NHL trade review: Kings acquire Iginla from Avs
The Kings and GM Dean Lombardi were looking to acquire a winger after trading one in Dwight King. Getting Iginla can help them make the playoffs. They are a point out of the second wild card spot in the Western conference with 66 of them (a record of 30-27-6). There is exactly no risk. If the Kings miss the playoffs, they owe the Avs nothing (that's right, NOTHING). Iginla, 39, has 18 points (8 goals and 10 assists) in 61 games this season. He has 1,291 points (619 goals and 672 assists) in 1,535 career NHL games for the Avs, the Boston Bruins, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Calgary Flames.
The Avs are in a rebuild. This is the first trade they've made, since January when they dealt forward Cody McLeod to Nashville. They sit dead last in the NHL with just 37 points (an awful record of 17-41-3). Dealing Iginla isn't a surprise. GM Joe Sakic should've gotten something unconditional, but he didn't. Iginla previously requested a trade, so Sakic might of wanted to at least grant his wish. We'll see if the Avs even attempt to re-sign Igina, who can be a UFA on July 1.