Iginla picked up a goal and an assist over just 12:32 of ice time in Thursday's 4-2 loss to Nashville.
This was minimal usage even by his standards; Iginla's average ice time is a modest 14:43, which is already a big drop from his heyday. Even with this nice game, he has just 18 points and a minus-19 rating over 60 games, so the 39-year-old winger looks like he's ready for retirement.
Iginla was named the game's first star Saturday after a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win over Winnipeg.
The speed of today's game has left this guy behind, but Saturday was a good day for the some-day-soon Hall-of-Famer. Iginla is 39 years old and in the twilight of his career. He has 14 points in 49 games; eight of those points have come on the power play. It's kind of sad that his career has boiled down to this.
The 39-year-old veteran has just one goal and three points over the past 12 outings, and he has posted a minus-8 over his past three contests. Iginla was once one of the most feared snipers in the NHL during his time in Calgary, but his play lately resembles nothing from those halcyon days. It isn't even a good idea to use him in deeper fantasy leagues at this point, as his plus/minus has been brutal.
That's a 21-point pace over a full 82-game season, which would easily amount to the lowest of Iggy's illustrious 20-year career. He's actually potted two of his five goals over the last seven games while firing 16 shots on net during that span, so he hasn't been completely dormant as of late, but Iginla is clearly past his prime at age 39. The fact that the Avs have the worst goal differential in the league (minus-45) certainly doesn't help his cause, either.
Iginla found the back of the net in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Canucks.
It's just the third tally of the year for Iggy, who also snapped an 11-game goal drought. The 39-year-old also fired a season-high six shots on net and spent a hearty 4:41 on the power play in this one, which is an encouraging sign for owners still clinging to the former Flames superstar. Despite having an even rating and just five points on the season, Iginla has three points and a plus-six over his last six games, so he's definitely showing signs of improvement. Combine that with the fact that 20 of his total 42 shots on goal have come during that span, and he's probably one waiver-wire candidate worth keeping an eye on given his lengthy track record of success.