Avalanche trade veteran winger Jarome Iginla to the Kings

Jarome Iginla has gotten his wish. He is headed to a playoff contender.

On Wednesday, the Colorado Avalanche traded Iginla to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional fourth-round selection in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The Avs will retain 50 percent of Iginla’s $5.33 million salary.

Iginla had to agree to waive his no-trade clause to make the deal happen. This season, the 39-year-old right wing has eight goals and 18 points in 61 games for the Avalanche this season. In his potential Hall of Fame career with the Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and Avalanche, he has 619 goals and 1,291 points in 1,535 games. He has also won two Olympic gold medals (2002 and 2010) representing his native Canada.

The Kings currently sit one point behind the St. Louis Blues for the final wildcard spot in the Western Conference.