Veteran forward Jarome Iginla has been spotted - and not just anywhere. On Tuesday, pictures of Iginla surfaced on the web, as he took to the ice for practice with the American Hockey League's Providence Bruins.
The Providence Journal's Mark Divver reported that the 40-year-old veteran would like to resume his hockey career after his long recovery from hip surgery four months ago.
Iginla could still be signed to an NHL contract, but did reveal that he doesn't have any deals in place at the moment. TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun noted that Iginla's participation was allowed by the Boston Bruins, Providence's parent club, and comes with no strings attached.
"I'd love to still play," Iginla said to Divver. "This is kind of the first step, getting out here and seeing how it is. I wanted to see if I can still go. I don't have any deals at this point."
Iginla did draw some interest from Team Canada's team ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, but the aforementioned hip procedure prevented him from earning a spot on the roster.
Canada had an open invite for Iginla to play in the Spengler Cup at the end of December, but Iginla was not ready by Dec. 26 and then his Olympic chances were put in danger.
Now back on the ice, it could mean great things for the veteran forward, who says he has more in the tank to offer. However, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, he would need to sign with a club by 3 p.m. ET next Monday in order to be eligible for the playoffs.
Last season, Iginla played in 80 games split between the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings, recording 14 goals and 13 assists.
Iginla is a 10-time All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist, who notched 625 goals and 675 assists in 1554 career games with the Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Bruins, Avalanche and Kings. He is also the Flames' all-time leader in games played (1,219), goals (525) and points (1,095) and currently sits 34th on the NHL's all-time points list.
What does it all mean for the veteran's future?
For many months now, Iginla has repeated that he has not given up hope of returning to the NHL. With the Olympics gone and now fully out of the equation, he can fully focus on finding a team to give him at least a tryout for one last shot at the Stanley Cup.
But time is running out.