The Pittsburgh Penguins are in the Eastern Conference semifinals and just a few wins away from making it to the Stanley Cup Finals and that has made forward Jarome Iginla think about his next move after the season is over. Whether or not the Penguins get to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup at the end of the postseason, there was some belief that Iginla could be hanging up his skates. But now, we know for certain that the NHL veteran is not ready to call it quits
What Jarome Iginla does know is that, whatever happens, Stanley Cup or no, he’ll be playing next season. Somewhere. There’ll be no teary Ray Bourque-like goodbye should the dream at long last come to fruition.
“I had one fan come up to me in a restaurant the other night,” he laughs, “just to say ‘Good luck, Friday.’ And I’m like ‘Thank you.’ And then, out of the blue, he says: ‘If you guys win it, are you going to retire?’ He must’ve thought I said yes, because he was like ‘C’mon? No! No!’
“But, no, I don’t plan on retiring.
“I still feel good. I still love the game. God willing, I’d love to win the Cup this year. But, regardless, I plan on playing for a while longer.”
Iginla picked the perfect opportunity when he waived his no-trade clause to make the journey to Pittsburgh.
With the team that he has around him, there is no reason to call it quits when you can take a reduced role and play with one of the league’s most talented teams moving forward.