He comes to Colorado via Boston, in search of his first Stanley Cup after nearly two decades in the NHL. He is considered one of the game's classiest players, which makes it hard not to root for him as a sentimental favorite. Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy will help try to get him that first Cup.

This is the story line for Jarome Iginla, almost identical to the one Ray Bourque had when he came to the Avs in 2000 from the Bruins. A year after his acquisition, Bourque was handed the Cup by Sakic after the final game of his career, the definition of the storybook ending.

If Iginla ever raises a Stanley Cup with the Avs, he probably would receive the handoff from team captain Gabe Landeskog — just as Sakic did for Bourque after Game 7 of the 2001 Finals.

"That's a hope one day," Iginla said after signing a three-year, $16 million contract with the Avs last week.

But is it just a fantasy? Iginla wouldn't have chosen the Avs over several other suitors — including the Eastern Conference regular-season champion Bruins — if he thought it was.