Jarome Iginla on Trade to LA Kings and What’s Next

Following the completion of today’s NHL Trade Deadline, forward Jarome Iginla held a conference call with the media to discuss being traded from the Colorado Avalanche to the Los Angeles Kings.

On if knew he was going to be traded today:

“I talked to Joe and my agent Don, maybe a couple weeks ago. They said they would work on it and Joe was great, said he would do whatever he could to help facilitate it. You know so that it could work out. You know the last couple days, you hear the speculation and possibilities and I talked to my agent couple times. No, not until this morning did I hear a lot more certain that the Kings was a possible real destination.”

On what he can bring to the Kings:

“I’ think they’re a great team, getting one of the top goalies in the game back, they were already going well before that as a team and that boost. A championship goalie and then brining Bishop in I think they’re a very competitive bunch. I think they play really hard; they have a tendency, a knack for I should say. Once they get down into the nitty-gritty, the big games they find ways to be successful and they’re a hard group to play against. So I hope to help contribute to that, they’re a very competitive and determined and I enjoy competing too and battling, being determined. What can I bring? I’m not sure what my role will be yet, but I’m happy to do whatever Darryl thinks I can help out, in whatever areas I can. I think the biggest thing is trying to play to the group’s identity of being fierce competitor, battling and having fun doing it.”

Thoughts on playing for Darryl Sutter again:

“Yeah, I’m looking forward to it. I had Darryl as a coach back in Calgary there, coach and GM. I really enjoyed playing for him, he’s been very successful, and he helps his players to be successful and to be successful as a group. You know one thing, he’s firm, he can be tough, but I think that can be a good thing. You always know where you stand with him, and what he’s expecting of you and what role. He really defines roles and I look forward to talking and working with him and what he’d like me to do and what he expects from me. It does make it easier, having that relationship, because every coach has a different style and ways of communicating. As a player getting used to it, it can take some time, trying to find that balance in a relationship. I do find that when I did speak to him, it did feel like not too long ago I was playing for him. Time flies and I think that can help it be a smoother transition, easier on my part in getting used to things.”

On if the 2004 Stanley Cup Final feels like yesterday still:

“Little bit of both for sure, a lot has happened in the last thirteen years. I didn’t really think of it that way, but at same time it doesn’t feel like it was that long ago that I was playing for him either or when he was the GM also in Calgary. Time flies and I wouldn’t have thought it was that long ago but as a coach I really enjoyed the success playing for him that we had has a group. Personally, when you’re winning it’s great, he lets you know of the good things and when you’re not, I imagine he probably hasn’t changed too much, that’s the way he is and he’s not scared at all to communicate it. Which I think is a good thing; I think as a player, you want to know if you’re playing up the standards they’re hoping for. You always feel good, but then sometimes you’re not sure when it’s not going well, and it’s nice to know if there’s more expected, or would like something different, so I think the communication is a great part.”

On if there were other teams interested in trading for him:

“It was more Joe [Sakic] and my agent, they were going to go back and forth and both of them would work on it and keep an open line of communication. I didn’t give any specific list of teams or anything, when they got closer they would let me know when they thought it would be a good fit and possibility. LA was the first one, I heard some different ideas and possibilities, but LA was one I heard about first. Once I did, I was very excited about it and to go with that. Their track record as an organization and guys they have there, I jumped at it.”

On knowing guys like Kopitar, Gaborik and Brown previously and being potential line mates:

“You get the chance to meet guys at like All-star game like you said. Or also sometimes at international events, you’ll see them around. Maybe the athlete’s village or anything like that, but also just around the rink. Over the years, I’ve met them and heard great things and you have mutual friends and stuff, so I kind of do feel I know them a bit just from also competing with them on the ice over the years. So I don’t know them well, but I do feel like I do know them. Kopitar reached out to me and I appreciate that. Don’t know as far as lines, I haven’t got any information there so I think whoever plays with them; they’re players that make the people who play with them better. If that is an opportunity that’s awesome, and I look forward if that is it to working hard and trying to help them succeed.”

Dean Lombardi’s comments on the trade are posted here.

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