After signing a three year contract with the Colorado Avalanche, Jarome Iginla has admitted that he was hoping for an offer from the franchise.
“The Avalanche were definitely right up there and probably over the last few days, you don’t want to ever admit before what your favorite team is because you don’t know who is going to come, but they were our favorites,” Iginla said. The perfect fit for him as a player at the moment, he was ecstatic to get the offer.
Iginla has now become the oldest member of the Avs at 37 years old. Despite his age, he has the numbers to prove he isn’t out of the game just yet. While playing with the Boston Bruins last season, he scored 30 goals and had 31 assists. It was also the 12th straight season where he was able to score at least 30 goals.
When thinking about where to sign, Iginla also took into consideration the location for his family. He had heard that Colorado is an excellent place to raise kids and has a youth baseball and youth hockey league. His kids are really into playing hockey and he loves that they will be able to continue doing so after the move.
“Colorado fit perfectly… and I believe the team is only getting better and is already a very, very good team,” Iginla said. “They’re just going to keep getting better and better, and I look forward to getting to be a part of that.”
Colorado is a definite Stanley Cup contender as of late with the addition of Iginla only going to make it an even worse team to compete against.