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BREAKING: Jarome Iginla signs one-year deal with Oilers

Is this real life? A move I always wished would happen but never thought was possible finally happened this morning. Jarome Iginla has signed a one year contract with the Edmonton Oilers, likely in order to retire in his home city while wearing his childhood favourite team jersey.

Initially reported by a close source of NationHQ, this news comes the morning after a heated Battle of Alberta game last night in the Saddledome that we were all in attendance for. It appears the contract is a one-way deal at $1M. Iggy has been unsigned since last year and hasn’t played any NHL games this season. With only three games left in the Oilers regular season, this signing is obviously so Jarome can retire in a jersey he grew up loving.

As you all know, the 40 year old played most of his career with the Calgary Flames. After failing to win a Stanley Cup he began his new quest for the Cup elsewhere. Later signing with the Penguins, Bruins, Avalanche, AND Kings, Iggy couldn’t win Lord Stanley as his career came closer and closer to an end. I personally feel bad for the guy as he will be added to the list of great players without their name engraved on the Stanley Cup. Iggy has been a great player to watch on and off the ice, and he definitely deserves to have won one.

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Peter Chiarelli has made a lot of confusing signings in the past, and now we can add the Iginla signing to the pile. I’m not complaining though! The storyline of this is amazing, and I personally can’t wait to watch Iggy’s final game of his career be in an Oilers jersey on April 7th. My only question is what jersey they’ll have him wearing when he gets inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. It HAS to be an Oilers jersey right?

Jarome Iginla Career Stats

Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PPG PPP SHG SHP GWG OTG S S% FO%
1996-1997 CGY 82 21 29 50 -4 37 8 17 1 4 3 0 169 12.4
1997-1998 CGY 70 13 19 32 -10 29 0 5 2 3 1 0 154 8.4 45.07
1998-1999 CGY 82 28 23 51 1 58 7 16 0 0 4 0 211 13.3 51.35
1999-2000 CGY 77 29 34 63 0 26 12 23 0 0 4 0 256 11.3 52.88
2000-2001 CGY 77 31 40 71 -2 62 10 28 0 1 4 0 229 13.5 51.72
2001-2002 CGY 82 52 44 96 27 77 16 30 1 2 7 1 311 16.7 55.19
2002-2003 CGY 75 35 32 67 -10 49 11 20 3 3 6 1 316 11.1 43.33
2003-2004 CGY 81 41 32 73 21 84 8 21 4 5 10 0 265 15.5 54.43
2005-2006 CGY 82 35 32 67 5 86 17 31 1 3 6 0 293 11.9 54.16
2006-2007 CGY 70 39 55 94 12 40 13 33 1 1 7 0 264 14.8 52.96
2007-2008 CGY 82 50 48 98 27 83 15 33 0 0 9 2 338 14.8 55.06
2008-2009 CGY 82 35 54 89 -2 37 10 32 0 0 4 0 289 12.1 52.5
2009-2010 CGY 82 32 37 69 -2 58 10 21 0 0 5 1 257 12.5 47.06
2010-2011 CGY 82 43 43 86 0 40 14 30 0 0 6 1 289 14.9 54.05
2011-2012 CGY 82 32 35 67 -10 43 8 19 0 0 5 0 251 12.7 50.23
2012-2013 PIT 13 5 6 11 2 9 4 6 0 0 1 0 34 14.7 40
2012-2013 CGY 31 9 13 22 -7 22 2 6 0 0 2 0 100 9 50.21
2013-2014 BOS 78 30 31 61 34 47 4 14 0 0 8 0 209 14.4 21.62
2014-2015 COL 82 29 30 59 0 42 8 13 0 0 2 0 189 15.3 44.53
2015-2016 COL 82 22 25 47 -22 41 13 19 0 0 3 0 182 12.1 53.04
2016-2017 LAK 19 6 3 9 -9 16 3 3 0 0 4 1 33 18.2 36.36
2016-2017 COL 61 8 10 18 -21 54 4 8 0 0 0 0 120 6.7 63.16
Career 1,554 625 675 1300 30 1040 197 428 13 22 101 7 4,759 13.1

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