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by Paul on 07/02/14 at 07:44 AM ET
from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,
On his 37th birthday, Iginla signed a three-year contract worth $16 million, returning to the West after finishing the last two seasons with Pittsburgh and Boston. Iginla produced 30 goals for the Bruins last season, two more than Ryan O'Reilly, who led the Avs in that category.
"Jarome's track record speaks for itself. He is one of the top goal scorers of all time, as well as a great leader," Avs executive vice president Joe Sakic said in a release.
Iginla's 560 career goals are tied for 24th all time, and he is coming off his 12th career 30-goal season.
His signing spearheaded a busy and emotional day for the Avs, who seemed to rally from Stastny's rejection by gaining toughness and experience in adding six players worth more than $11 million in annual salary. Iginla is a gritty power forward, 34-year-old Brad Stuart (acquired via trade) is a skilled and hard-hitting defenseman making $3.6 million, forward Jesse Winchester ($900,000) will add depth to the fourth line and defenseman Zach Redmond ($750,000) is an up-and-coming find from Ferris State University.
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