Avs closing on trading Iginla to Kings


KUSA- The Colorado Avalanche announced Wednesday they have traded 39-year-old veteran forward Jarome Iginla to the Los Angeles Kings.

The draft pick, a fourth-rounder, is conditional on the Kings making the playoffs or Iginla re-signing with the Avalanche, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. Colorado is also expected to retain 50% of his remaining salary this season. 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.

He had previously stated he was open to waiving his no-trade clause to play for a contender. In the 2004 playoffs, Iginla produced 22 points over 26 games as the sixth-seeded Flames made an incredible run all the way to the Stanley Cup Final where they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games. The Kings (69 points) are chasing Calgary (72 points) and St. Louis (67 points) for the Western Conference wild card spots. Iginla's excellence and longevity leave him high up on many all-time National Hockey League lists: 34th in points (1,289), 16th in goals (618), 11th in even-strength goals (411) and sixth in game-winning goals (97).

That Flames team was lead by then-head coach Darryl Sutter, now the bench boss for the Kings, who are seeking their third Stanley Cup in six years after victories in 2012 and 2014. They have battled through the long-term loss of Quick, who was lost during the opening game of the season and just returned to game action on February 25.

The longtime Calgary Flame scored 124 of his 1291 career points for Colorado over parts of three seasons, scoring 59 goals and starting every game during his tenure.