The LA Kings have once again acquired a veteran winger to bolster scoring for a playoff push.
Jarome Iginla may have only eight goals this season, but the last time the veteran winger failed to score fewer than 20 goals in a full season was 1997-98, which was his second year in the league. He ranks 16th in career NHL goals (619) and will be expected to bring that finishing ability to a Kings team currently ranked 25th in offense.
While his offense suffered on a struggling Avalanche squad, he has shown signs that his ability to put the puck in the net hasn't disappeared.
In order to acquire Iginla, the Kings needed only to part with a conditional 4th round pick, the same thing the Kings acquired by trading Dwight King earlier in the morning.
The trade reunites Iginla with Kings head coach Darryl Sutter. Sutter coached Iginla in Calgary for two-and-a-half seasons, including the Flames run to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final. The Flames ultimately lost to the Carolina Hurricanes, but Iginla notched 13 goals and 22 points in 26 games.
Iginla doesn't just bring a scoring touch to the Kings. Along with scoring 1,291 points in the NHL, he's also racked up 1,024 career penalty minutes.
One of the last great power forwards in the game, Iginla was even willing to drop the gloves during the aforementioned 2004 Stanley Cup Final.
Acquiring Iginla wasn't simply a move to bolster the Kings roster, it also prevented the future Hall of Famer from joining a conference rival.
Iginla has scored 63 points in 70 career games against the Kings. So, not having to worry about him assisting the Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks or any other potential opponent is a relief by itself.
Though Iginla's time in Colorado was short, the fans expressed nothing but appreciation after the news broke.
Meanwhile, fans in Los Angeles were saying goodbye to their own beloved winger, two-time Stanley Cup Champion Dwight King.
The 6'4 winger scored four goals against the then-Phoenix Coyotes in the 2012 Western Conference Final.
Drafted by the Kings in the 4th round of the 2007 draft, King could always be relied upon to play in any situation asked of him.
In Game 2 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, he scored a crucial goal to help the Kings come from behind and defeat the New York Rangers.
Dwight King has earned his place in the heart of Kings fans everywhere, and I'll be rooting for him wherever he goes.