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Jarome Iginla’s Decision Was Not About The Money

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It is fair to conclude therefore that Iginla’s No. 1 priority in selecting the Avalanche over a handful of other suitors - including of all teams, the Vancouver Canucks - was not the money. Iginla was always like that, come contract time. In his years with the Calgary Flames, he wanted a fair deal, but he wasn’t trying to squeeze maximum dollars out of them either. For eight years in a row, he made $7-million per season – the going rate for players of his stature (two Rocket Richard trophies, three first-team all-star berths).

No, the lure of Colorado was the chance to finally win a Stanley Cup on what is likely to be the final contract of his NHL career (and which will leave him just shy of $100-million in lifetime compensation). You can buy a lot of waterfront property in Belize for that kind of dough.

Iginla took a long hard look at where the best opportunities to win might be and based on conversations with both long-time teammate Alex Tanguay and the Avalanche’s president of hockey operations, Joe Sakic, came away convinced Colorado was that team. Iginla made the point to the Denver Post on the weekend that Colorado’s raw youth was not a hindrance in his mind – that the Pittsburgh Penguins won their one-and-only championship of the Sidney Crosby era when Crosby was 21 and Evgeni Malkin 22; and that the Chicago Blackhawks won the first of two with the current core group when Jonathan Toews was 22 and Patrick Kane 21. The point is, if the talent is precocious enough, then the age on the birth certificate is not necessarily an impediment to winning. On the contrary, it might be an asset.

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Primis's avatar

The best option to win would have been to take less to stay in BOS, with that cast.

He didn’t.  Therefore, it always was and is about the money.

What a sad thing Jarome Iginla has become.  Was so well-respected, and even a sympathetic figure, in CGY…. and then he turned bitter, started playing dirty and doing dirtball things, then became a Jagr-esque mercenary bouncing from team to team, just chasing the $$$.

Posted by Primis on 07/07/14 at 01:11 PM ET

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He said in an interview on TSN that he wanted to stay in Boston but wanted stability past one year. No way Boston would have the cap space for him after this season so he decided to move on.

Posted by Tikan on 07/07/14 at 01:13 PM ET

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It is fair to conclude therefore that Iginla’s No. 1 priority in selecting the Avalanche over a handful of other suitors - including of all teams, the Vancouver Canucks - was not the money…. it was the chance to have his number retired after one season.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/07/14 at 01:35 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Thanks, Bezukov. Was going to make the same snarky remark.

Posted by SK77 on 07/07/14 at 01:42 PM ET

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    it was the chance to have his number retired after one season.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/07/14 at 01:35 PM ET

One of the most hilarious jokes ever. Amateur hour.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 07/07/14 at 01:43 PM ET

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Thanks, Bezukov. Was going to make the same snarky remark.

Posted by SK77 on 07/07/14 at 01:42 PM ET

Anytime.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/07/14 at 01:43 PM ET

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The best option to win would have been to take less to stay in BOS, with that cast.

He didn’t.  Therefore, it always was and is about the money.

Perhaps he saw what a clown lucic was in the handshake line.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 07/07/14 at 01:53 PM ET

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Perhaps he saw what a clown lucic was in the handshake line.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 07/07/14 at 01:53 PM ET

He wouldn’t be the first Bruin to get upset about stupid handshakes… just ask Tim Thomas.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/07/14 at 02:22 PM ET

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Perhaps he saw what a clown lucic was in the handshake line.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 07/07/14 at 01:53 PM ET

And decided to switch to a team with a coach who likes screaming through plexiglass.

Posted by SK77 on 07/07/14 at 02:29 PM ET

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Perhaps he saw what a clown lucic was in the handshake line.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 07/07/14 at 01:53 PM ET

So he’s dumb and doesn’t know who is coaching the Avs right now?

Posted by Primis on 07/07/14 at 02:54 PM ET

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During a game is one thing… after a game in the handshake line is another.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 07/07/14 at 05:04 PM ET

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It is fair to conclude therefore that Iginla’s No. 1 priority in selecting the Avalanche over a handful of other suitors - including of all teams, the Vancouver Canucks - was not the money…. it was the chance to have his number retired after one season.

It’s the place to go if you want your number retired after one season. lol

Posted by bigfrog on 07/07/14 at 07:05 PM ET

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