Colorado Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla said he hopes to be traded prior to the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline on March 1, Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday.
Iginla said he has neither spoken with the Avalanche front office nor made a formal trade request but would like an opportunity to compete in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"I would like to, at the deadline, go somewhere," Iginla said. "I would like to be in the playoffs. I would hope that there is some opportunity to go and play in the playoffs. Those are the best games, the most fun for sure, and you have a chance to win. So, no, I haven't given up on that chance to win."
Iginla has not made the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2014, when he played for the Boston Bruins. He was captain of the Calgary Flames in the 2004 Cup Final, where they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games.
Iginla, 39, is in the final season of a three-year, $16 million contract he signed July 1, 2014, and could become an unrestricted free agent this July 1. The contract contains a no-trade clause, which he reportedly is willing to waive.
He has scored six goals and 12 points in 47 games this season for the Avalanche, who have lost nine straight games (0-8-1) and are last in the NHL standings (13-33-2).
"I think it helps being a younger team -- I imagine that's … I've been a part of it long enough to know that that's just a part of the process, and if they can get draft picks and stuff, you know for their older guys, the guys who are not in their future plans, that's part of it and I definitely would be open to that," Iginla said. "I have enjoyed it [in Colorado] and there are lots of great young guys here and I think it's going to be a promising future. But yeah, my window's not the same as the other guys, for sure."
Iginla has 617 goals and 1,285 points in 1,522 NHL games with the Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Bruins and Avalanche.
Forward Matt Duchene told the Denver Post last week he is open to being traded.
The Avalanche play the Winnipeg Jets at Pepsi Center on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; ALT, TSN3, NHL.TV).