The Los Angeles Kings completed a deal at the trade deadline aimed at boosting the team's offense, as the franchise acquired forward Jarome Iginla from Colorado in exchange for a conditional draft pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Iginla certainly has the experience to help the Kings, the only question is whether he still has anything left in the tank.
Iginla, 39, has played in 61 games with the Avalanche this year, recording 18 points (8-10=18) and 54 penalty minutes.
The 6-1, 210-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta has played for the Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Boston Bruins during his 20-year NHL career. In 1,535 regular-season games he has posted 1,291 points (619-672=1,291), a plus-39 rating and 1,024 penalty minutes.
Drafted in the first-round (11th overall) by the Dallas Stars during the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, he has appeared in 81 playoff games, posting 68 points (37-31=68), a plus-7 rating and 98 penalty minutes.
Under then Calgary Flames Head Coach Darryl Sutter, Iginla helped captain the Flames to the Stanley Cup Finals during the 2004 playoffs, before falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games. Iginla held the captaincy for nine seasons in Calgary from 2003-04 until he was trade to Pittsburgh during the 2012-13 season.
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Teams complete 18 trades at deadline
In addition to the Iginla deal, NHL clubs made 17 other trades at the deadline. Below is a list of the transactions:
Anaheim traded LW Kenton Helgesen and its 7th-round pick in the 2019 NHL
Draft to Chicago for LW Spencer Abbott and C Sam Carrick.
Arizona traded LW Brendan Ranford to Colorado for RW Joe Whitney.
Calgary traded D Jyrki Jokipakka and its 2nd-round pick in the 2017 NHL
Draft to Ottawa for RW Curtis Lazar and D Michael Kostka.
Colorado traded D Cody Corbett to Washington for G Joe Cannata.
Colorado traded LW Andreas Martinsen to Montreal for RW Sven Andrighetto.
Columbus traded D Dalton Prout to New Jersey for D Kyle Quincey.
Columbus traded D Dillon Heatherington to Dallas for LW Lauri Korpikoski.
Detroit traded LW Thomas Vanek to Florida for D Dylan McIlrath and a
conditional pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Edmonton traded LW Taylor Beck to NY Rangers for RW Justin Fontaine.
Florida traded G Mike McKenna to Tampa Bay for G Adam Wilcox.
Florida traded RW Shane Harper to New Jersey for D Reece Scarlett.
Los Angeles traded LW Dwight King to Montreal for a conditional pick in the
2018 NHL Draft.
New Jersey traded RW PA Parenteau to Nashville for Nashville's 6th-round
pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Philadelphia traded D Mark Streit to Tampa Bay for C Valtteri Filppula,
Tampa Bay's 4th-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and a conditional pick in
Tampa Bay traded D Mark Streit to Pittsburgh for Pittsburgh's 4th-round
pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Pittsburgh traded C Eric Fehr, D Steve Oleksy and its 4th-round pick in the
2017 NHL Draft to Toronto for D Frank Corrado.
Winnipeg traded RW Drew Stafford to Boston for a conditional pick in the
2018 NHL Draft.
Las Vegas Golden Knights begin operations
The Vegas Golden Knights completed the acquisition of their team and officially joined the National Hockey League.
“On behalf of the Board of Governors, I am delighted to officially welcome the Vegas Golden Knights to the NHL,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Congratulations to Bill Foley, the Foley family, the Maloof family, the city of Las Vegas and the Golden Knights’ fans as the team embarks on its exciting journey.”
NHL names Three Stars of Month
Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews, Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg and Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of February.
LA deals Dwight King for pick
The Los Angeles Kings have acquired a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft from Montreal in exchange for forward Dwight King, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced.
King, 27, appeared in all 63 games this season with the Kings, recording 15 points (8-7=15) and 10 penalty minutes. Drafted by the Kings in the fourth-round (109th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, King has appeared in 348 regular-season, posting 108 points (52-56=108), a plus-5 rating and 96 penalty minutes. Dwight King won two Stanley Cups with the Kings in 2011-12 and 2013-14.
Jets' Laine named Rookie of Month
Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine, who recorded 8-7—15 in 11 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for February.
Laine edged Toronto Maple Leafs teammates Auston Matthews (8-8—16 in 14 GP) and William Nylander (7-6—13 in 14 GP) as well as Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (5-2-2, 1.97 GAA, .936 SV%, 1 SO) for the honor.
Laine, who tied for the rookie lead in goals, collected at least one point in eight of his 11 appearances, highlighted by a six-game streak to close the month (8-4—12). He also registered his third career hat trick (including the GWG) Feb. 14 vs. DAL, becoming the first player in NHL history to post three hat tricks prior to his 19th birthday as well as the first rookie to notch three hat tricks in one season since 1992-93.
Laine, the second overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, shares the rookie lead and is tied for second place in the entire NHL with 31 goals in 56 games this season. The 18-year-old Tampere, Finland, native also ranks in the top five among rookies in points (1st; 56), shooting percentage (1st; 20.0%), power-play goals (t-1st; 8), game-winning goals (2nd; 5), shots on goal (3rd; 155) and power-play points (5th; 12).
FORSBERG SPARKS PREDATORS RALLY
With the Sabres ahead 4-2 in the third period, Filip Forsberg (2-1—3) factored on three straight goals for the Predators – highlighted by his tying marker with 2:23 remaining in regulation and his overtime winner – to help Nashville extend their point streak to six games (5-0-1).
Forsberg, who registered three points for the fourth time in his past five outings, extended his goal and point streaks to five and six games, respectively (10-4—14). Elias notes that Forsberg became the first player in franchise history to record three points four times in a span of five team games.
After tallying only three goals in his first 30 games of the season (3-14—17), Forsberg has scored 23 times in his past 33 contests to match the second-highest goal total of his career; he had 26 goals in 2014-15 (82 GP) and 33 goals in 2015-16 (82 GP).
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services