The Los Angeles Kings failed to reach the playoffs despite a trade deadline deal to acquire Jarome Iginla from the Colorado Avalanche. For most of the 2016-17 NHL season, scoring goals proved to be a weakness for the Kings as Iginla’s presence hoped to fix the deficiency.
With the season coming to an end for the Kings, Iginla finished the terms of his contract and completed his 20th year in the league. When asked about playing another season, the 39 year-old right-winger discussed his desire to return, according to Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider:
“I’d like to, but at the same time I’ve got to wait and see what the options are, so it’s not 100%, but I definitely would like to,” he said. “I know that part of it, but I’ve got to wait and see what options are and where things are at there.”
Should Iginla decide to play another season, he would consider joining the Kings again:
“I don’t know if they’re an option from their point of view,” he said. “I know obviously they have to take time and do what they do in their analysis, but from my point of view that would be an option.
Of course, the decision is not entirely Iginla’s to make. The Kings made sweeping changes to their management structure by relieving Darryl Sutter and Dean Lombardi from their head coach and general manager duties, respectively. They later named Luc Robitaille club president and Rob Blake the team’s new general manager.
The Kings still have a good core to build and improve upon as Blake believes the Kings can get back to winning. Whether or not he considers Iginla part of that future remains to be seen.