Avalanche trade Jarome Iginla to the Kings

It was reported on Wednesday morning that Iginla has been dealt to the Los Angeles Kings, pending an official trade call.

In order to get back to the playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings desperately need more offense, and there are rumors circling that the team is ready to make a big splash to improve offensively before the trade deadline.

Iginla, whose contract expires at the end of this year, is having the roughest season of his 20-year National Hockey League career.

In an interview on TSN immediately following his trade from the Colorado Avalanche to the Kings, Iginla admitted he isn't sure what's going to happen after this season.

The Kings' also added veteran rental goaltender Ben Bishop over the weekend. Earlier on Wednesday, he sent forward Dwight King to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a conditional fourth round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. King, 27, was in the final season of a three-year, $5.850-million contract and is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

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The move reunites Iginla and Kings head coach Darryl Sutter, who coached Iginla during his tenure with the Calgary Flames between 2002 and 2006. His one and only trip to the Stanley Cup Final was in 2004 when he captained the Calgary Flames to play for the prize before falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a seven-game series.

While nearing the end of his career, Iginla is widely recognized as one of the game's greats, as he ranks 16th on the NHL's all-time goal-scoring list.

In 61 games this season, Iginla has recorded eight goals and 18 points, but he also owns a minus-21 rating and a career-low average of 14:45 per game.

Iginla will debut for the Kings Thursday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

  • Tabitha Byrd