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Iginla not ready to retire, joins Providence of AHL for practice

40-year-old forward 'wanted to see if I can still go'

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Jarome Iginla joined Providence of the American Hockey League for practice Tuesday, and the 40-year-old forward who has scored 625 NHL goals said he isn't ready to retire.

"I'd love to still play," Iginla told the Providence Journal. "This is kind of the first step, getting out here and seeing how it is. … I wanted to see if I can still go. I don't have any deals at this point."

Tweet from @MarkDivver: 4 months after hip surgery, Jarome Iginla on ice with @AHLBruins today. Iginla: 'I���d love to still play. This is kind of the 1st step, getting out here & seeing how it is... I wanted to see if I can still go. I don���t have any deals at this point' pic.twitter.com/LiWaOQfTzG

Iginla, who bought a home in Brookline, Massachusetts, last spring, had hip surgery four months ago. He joined Providence for practice, but that is not an indicator the Boston Bruins are interested in signing him, the newspaper reported.

Tweet from @MarkDivver: LT. Not to rain on the (Cup) parade, but Bruins source says this is more along lines of a favor to an ex-Bruin (who lives in Boston) than an indication of #NHLBruins interest

Iginla would have to sign with a team before the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline, which is Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. ET, to be eligible to play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Iginla had 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 80 games with the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings last season. He played for the Bruins in 2013-14 and had 61 points (30 goals, 31 assists) in 78 games.

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