The NHL offseason has arrived for everyone except the Rangers and Kings and judging from the way things went in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup, the offseason as a whole may be here sooner than we expect. But while teams are sitting around trying to figure out what to do to improve their rosters, the list of free agents this summer is growing as is the interest level in a few notable names.
One of those teams are the Detroit Red Wings, who almost missed the postseason this year for the first time in over two decades but managed to sneak into the Eastern Conference Playoffs for just one series. Their roster is aged and this summer will be crucial for the team to put together a winner that will compete for more than just one series in 2014-15.
According to Helene St. James from the Detroit Free Press, one free agent that the Red Wings should have on their radar is veteran forward Jarome Iginla.
Iginla will want to play on a team with a chance of winning the Cup within the next couple years. The Wings share that urgency, because Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are both in their mid-30s. So far, Iginla has picked two Eastern teams after 16 seasons with the Flames. If he hits the market, he’d stand out as a perfect addition for the Wings.
Iginla fits with the aged roster in Detroit but he’s also a winner who is still seeking his first Stanley Cup. That’s something that is a shared desire in Detroit as while some guys have hoisted the Cup, others want to either do it for the first time or do it one more time.
There’s no saying that Iginla will help bring a Cup to Detroit, has he’s failed to do so in consecutive seasons with the Penguins and Bruins but he seems to have something left in the tank and Detroit has long been a haven for veteran players looking for one last shot at a Cup.
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