As unrestricted free agent Jarome Iginla is still looking for another chance in the National Hockey League, a report from Lyle Richardson of the Bleacher Report had mentioned on Sunday that the veteran could be a great fit with Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers next season.
However, another journalist close to the Canadian team, David Staples from the Edmonton Journal is not entirely positive that Iginla would be comfortable with a one-year contract and a bottom-six role in the lineup.
“If Iginla is willing to play a Grumpy Old Man role (third line wing and second unit power play), it’s possible he could help the Oilers. He will amp up the pressure on Jesse Puljujarvi and Anton Slepyshev to compete for and earn a spot. But if the two younger players were to win this competition, would Iginla be OK sitting in the press box?" Staples writes.
“If Iginla expects to be a top-six forward or to hell with it, he’s not a good fit here. But if his mindset is to do all he can and anything he can to help a young team on its path to Stanley Cup contention, then he might be able to help.”
Iginla scored 625 goals and 675 assists for 1300 points in exactly 1,554 games with the Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings. The 40-year-old winger is still without a contract for next season.