Kings trade for Jerome Iginla from Colorado


With 1,291 career National Hockey League points and 1,535 career National Hockey League games under his belt, Iginla inarguably brings a tremendous amount of veteran experience and scoring know-how to the Kings.

Iginla's next crack at it will come in Los Angeles, as the Kings traded for the veteran winger just hours prior to the trade deadline on Wednesday.

The Kings had shown interest in signing Iginla back in the 2013 off-season but ultimately Iginla signed with the Avalanche. The 39-year-old has a full no-trade clause, but McKenzie reports Iginla may also be interested in the Kings. The Kings acquired the pick after trading left wing Dwight King to the Montreal Canadiens.

The Kings now sit one point behind the St. Louis Blues for the final wildcard spot in the Western Conference.

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Iginla, 39, is in the final year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Iginla, a former Flames captain, helped the Flames to the Stanley Cup Finals during the 2004 playoffs before falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games.

The move reunites Iginla and Kings head coach Darryl Sutter, who coached Iginla during his tenure with the Calgary Flames between 2002 and 2006. This year, though, he's only put up eight goals and 18 points in 61 regular season games - so if the Kings were looking to add to their roster in a net positive way, this may not be how to do it.

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.