The Colorado Avalanche lost center Paul Stastny to St. Louis as free agency opened today but did sign a former Flames player to help out. When the free agent market opened up at 10am Mountain Time it only took about an hour for Paul Stastny to sign a four-year deal with the St. Louis Blues.

To help pick up the loss in scoring Colorado went out and signed Jarome Iginla to a three year deal worth $16 million. Iginla played the last two seasons in the Eastern Conference and now will bring his talents back to the west.

The 36-year-old had 61 points and was a plus 34 for the Boston Bruins last season before being eliminated in the playoffs. With all of the great young talent in Colorado Iginla will be a nice leader in the locker room and on the ice but can they win a Cup for him?

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At 36 the window for Iginla is closing fast and I’m not sure if the Avalanche can bring home a title in the next three years. With a loaded Western Conference it will be hard for a young Colorado team to come out of the west.

The road to the Stanley Cup is going to be a very hard road indeed next season as most of the playoff team are reloading to make another run at post season glory. Jarome Iginla is a great talent and will find himself in the hockey Hall of Fame one-day but if he wants to win the Stanley Cup before he retires I’m sure that Colorado is the place he should be.