The Colorado Avalanche is expected to deal away veteran forward Jarome Iginla before the March 1 trade deadline, and the 39-year-old appears to welcome a move.
In an interview with Yahoo!'s Josh Cooper, Iginla confirmed that his preference is to be traded to a playoff contender in the coming weeks.
"I would like to, at the deadline, go somewhere," Iginla told Cooper. "I would like to be in the playoffs. I would hope that there is some opportunity to go and play in the playoffs. Those are the best games, the most fun for sure, and you have a chance to win. So no, I haven't given up on that chance to win."
Iginla is in the final-year of a three-year, $16 million contract that includes a full no-movement clause, which Iginla would have to waive in order to facility a deal.
In 48 games with the Avs so far this season, Iginla has registered six goals and six assists for 12 points, along with 52 penalty minutes.
Iginla indicated that he hasn't had a discussion with Avs management about being traded, but those talks are expected to occur this month.
"I've been a part of it long enough to know that that's just a part of the process and if they can get draft picks and stuff, you know for their older guys, the guys who are not in their future plans, that's part of it and I definitely would be open to that," Iginla added. "I have enjoyed it (in Colorado) and there are lots of great young guys here, and I think it's going to be a promising future. But yeah, my window's not the same as the other guys for sure."
The Avs are also expected to trade defenseman Fedor Tyutin and forward John Mitchell, both pending unrestricted free agents, prior to the deadline, while the right offer would pry Matt Duchene and/or Gabriel Landeskog away from Colorado.