Veteran Jarome Iginla signs with Avalanche

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Denver, CO, United States (4E Sports) – Veteran forward Jarome Iginla has signed a three-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche worth $16 million.

Sources said Iginla will make $5.5 million in each of the first two years of the contract, and $5 million in the final year of the deal.

With the move, Iginla will head back to the Western Conference, where he has spent the majority of his career as a Calgary Flame.

Iginla arrives in Colorado after finishing last season with 30 goals and 61 points in 78 games for the Bruins. He also recorded five goals and seven points in 12 playoff games.

The 37-year-old winger expressed interest in re-signing with Boston, although the Bruins’ lack of salary-cap space ultimately prompted Iginla to test free agency for the second consecutive summer.

Iginla is a welcome addition to an already dynamic group of offensive talents in Colorado. Under first-year coach Patrick Roy and with the emergence of superstar rookie Nathan MacKinnon, the Avs staged a dramatic turnaround from the lockout-shortened 2013 season.

After finishing 29th in the NHL in 2013, the Avs took the Western Conference by storm, surprising many by clinching the Central Division title. They lost in the first round of the playoffs in a seven-game series to the Minnesota Wild.

Meanwhile, Colorado also acquired veteran center Daniel Briere via trade with the Montreal Canadiens in a deal that sent P.A. Parenteau to the Habs.

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