Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/21/14
In his first public comments since moving to Colorado following his July 1 free-agent signing with the Avalanche, Jarome Iginla's eyes brightened Thursday when asked about playing right wing on a line with two of the last three Calder Trophy winners. Left wing Gabriel Landeskog was named the NHL's rookie of the year in 2012 and center Nathan MacKinnon won the award in June. Avs coach Patrick Roy previously suggested Iginla — whose 560 career goals ranks 25th all-time — would be a good fit with his two youngest forwards. "Obviously it's early and I'm not sure what the line combinations will be, and they have a lot of skilled guys who could mix and match, but if that's the case, yeah, I'll be thrilled," Iginla said before teeing off at Joe Sakic's 17th charity golf tournament at Sanctuary Golf Course. "MacKinnon, watching his speed and how he can do everything at top speed, and how driven Landeskog is — his creativity to go with his strength and the power forward that he is — it will be exciting. I think that's a great combination." Iginla, 37, has played right wing most of his Hall of Fame-worthy career and, as Adam Foote suggested, will add "10 pounds" to each of his linemates because of his toughness and respect throughout the league. "(Iginla) will take care of his teammates," said Foote, the former standout Avs defenseman and current defensive assistant coach. "Jarome, when he steps foot on the ice, he still has a lot of respect from a lot of defensemen out there that are like, 'OK we better play within the rules or this guy will hold us accountable.' I think that will really put 10 pounds on every forward that he plays with, and that's important out here in the West."
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