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Fancy Stats Show Jarome Iginla May Have Problems In Colorado

from Tyler Dellow at Sportsnet,

On a great possession team, you can find guys to, in effect, serve as Iginla’s legs. He doesn’t drive possession anymore, but the hands are still there. In the right place—on a great possession team—you can incorporate him and expect to do well with others doing the possession work for him. Your possession numbers won’t be as high as they might be with another player but Iginla’s still a pretty gifted finisher.

All of which makes Colorado a pretty curious landing spot for Iginla. The Avalanche are seen by people who pay attention to the numbers as one of next season’s hot candidates to fall off badly. They finished only five points behind Boston in 2013-14 but, unlike the Bruins, they aren’t a great possession team—they’re a bad one.

The Avs did not have the best time of it as free agency opened July 1, either. They lost Paul Stastny, their only forward to post a Corsi% north of 50 percent last year, and they weren’t able to make any significant upgrades to the defence. Absent some significant internal growth, it’s hard to see them improving in terms of possession. 

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Jaromir Blogger's avatar

Jarome Iginla is going to be sorely disappointed until the Avs improve their defense.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 07/03/14 at 06:34 PM ET

Iggy_Rules's avatar

Yup, I don’t see Iggy posting 30 goals in Colorado. I see him being a minus player again. He should have just taken $2m to stay in Boston where he fit.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 07/04/14 at 08:36 AM ET

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