Jarome Iginla bolts Bruins to sign with Avalanche

Unrestricted free-agent right-winger Jarome Iginla signed a reported three-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday after scoring 30 goals this past season with the Boston Bruins.

Veteran winger, 37, reportedly signs on for 3 years, $16M US

Right-winger Jarome Iginla has left the Bruins after one season to play for Colorado, which reportedly signed him for three years on Tuesday. Iginla scored 30 goals and 61 points this past season for Boston. (Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Jarome Iginla is headed back to the National Hockey League's Western Conference, this time with the Colorado Avalanche.

The unrestricted free-agent right-winger signed a reported three-year, $16-million US deal with the Avalanche on Tuesday after scoring 30 goals this past season with the Boston Bruins.

Iginla will be counted on to help fill the scoring void left by centre Paul Stastny, who signed a four-year, $28 million deal with division rival St. Louis earlier in the day. Stastny spent his entire career with Colorado after being picked in the second round of the 2005 draft.

Iginla, who split the 2012-2013 campaign with the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh, joins his third team in as many seasons.

The talk was the one-time Flames captain would stay in Boston on a one-year deal but wanted at least a two-year pact elsewhere.

A six-time all-star, the 37-year-old Iginla is fresh off a 61-point season with the Bruins and added five goals in 12 playoff contests.

He's led the league in goals twice and has 560 in his career with Calgary, Pittsburgh and Boston.

Productive week

The Avs have been rather busy since Monday, orchestrating two trades for veteran players.

First, the team picked up veteran forward Daniel Briere from Montreal for right-winger P.A. Parenteau and a fifth-round pick in next year's draft.

On Tuesday, Colorado acquired defenseman Brad Stuart from the San Jose Sharks for a second-round pick in 2016 and a sixth-rounder in 2017.

The 34-year-old Stuart will bring more tenacity to the Avalanche's blue-line. He was third on the Sharks in blocked shots (114) and hits (122) last season.

Gabriel Landeskog knows full well the kind of wallop Stuart can deliver. The Colorado captain missed a month after suffering a concussion in January 2013 following a huge hit by Stuart as Landeskog brought the puck up the ice.

Stuart may be called upon to mentor defenceman Nick Holden, who signed a three-year extension that runs through the 2017-18 season.

The Avs are coming off a season in which they tied a franchise record with 52 wins in Patrick Roy's first year behind the bench. They captured the Central Division title and returned to the post-season for the first time since 2009-10, before being eliminated by Minnesota in seven games.

Their turnaround led to quite a few post-season awards, too, with Roy taking home coach of the year, Nathan MacKinnon being named the top rookie and Ryan O'Reilly capturing the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for gentlemanly play. Semyon Varlamov also was a finalist for outstanding goaltender, which went to Tuukka Rask of Boston.

Avalanche Hall of Famer turned executive Joe Sakic was hoping to return the nucleus for another run, but wasn't about to break the bank to make that happen. Sakic said two weeks ago the team had a salary structure in place, setting the financial bar in deals with Varlamov, Matt Duchene and Landeskog.

Sakic is attempting to work out a long-term deal with O'Reilly, a restricted free agent who led the team with a career-high 28 goals in 2013-14.

With files from The Associated Press


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