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Hello, Jarome Iginla! ...Goodbye, Dwight King

LA Kings add future Hall of Fame left winger to bolster their roster for a playoff push

by Jesse Cohen @KingsMenPodcast / LAKings.com

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. 

Watch: Jarome Iginla opens scoring with a power-play goal 2/4/17

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.

Tweet from @PeteBlackburn: LAK trade for Iginla is pretty solid. At best, they got him for absolutely nothing. At worst, they swapped him straight up for Dwight King

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.

Watch: Jarome Iginla goal in Game 5 2004 Stanley Cup Final

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.

Watch: Vincent LeCavalier Vs Jarome Iginla - 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.

Watch: Iginla scores his 600th goal vs LA Kings

Though Iginla's time in Colorado was short, the fans expressed nothing but appreciation after the news broke.

Tweet from @justin_coxy: Best of luck in LA, Iggy. It was a treat to have you in an Avalanche sweater. We'll miss you and best of luck getting that Cup you deserve!

Tweet from @sarich99: @Avalanche My heart is broken. I will miss you Iggy.......@iginla_ego

Tweet from @emerson_3131: Thank you Iginla for all the great times. We'll miss you Iggy�� #avs

Meanwhile, fans in Los Angeles were saying goodbye to their own beloved winger, two-time Stanley Cup Champion Dwight King.

Tweet from @theroyalhalf: Honestly Dwight King will do more to upgrade the Canadiens than other move they���ll make this deadline. Completely under-appreciated player.

Tweet from @TrasiStarr: @dwight_king74 we will miss you! Best of luck! "Let's Go Dwight King Let's go!!!" pic.twitter.com/1lzh1PJ7ky

Tweet from @M_donlucas14: Best of luck to Dwight King in Montreal! LA is gonna miss you! #AKingsAKingForever! @BaileyLAKings @LAKings

Tweet from @lrfracing: @LAKings have never won a Stanley Cup without Dwight King. #fact #thankyou74 pic.twitter.com/XVWxBqC9eg

Tweet from @johnondrasik: Thank You Dwight King! @LAKings

The 6'4 winger scored four goals against the then-Phoenix Coyotes in the 2012 Western Conference Final.

Watch: Dwight King goal vs Phoenix Coyotes Game 3

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.

Watch: Dwight King Controversial Goal Against Rangers - Game 2 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Dwight King has earned his place in the heart of Kings fans everywhere, and I'll be rooting for him wherever he goes.

Watch: Dwight King: A Day With The Cup

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