Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jarome Iginla's immigration petition was approved Friday afternoon and the newly acquired forward was traveling from Calgary and expected to join his new team on Saturday.
Pittsburgh finalized a trade for the 35-year-old Iginla late Wednesday night. .As a Canadian citizen, Iginla's work visa needed to be approved before he could play for the Penguins.
Iginla is not expected to play until next week, according to the Pittsburg Tribune. The Penguins go for their 15th straight when they host the New York Islanders on Saturday.
The Penguins' preference is for Iginla to practice with the team so they can introduce their system to the 16-year vet in a nongame situation. He had played in 441 consecutive games before being a healthy scratch on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh hosts the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night, which could be when Iginla makes his Penguins debut.
Iginla spent his entire 16-year career with the Flames, scoring 525 goals and 570 assists in 1,219 games.
"To leave is tough, but I'm also very excited about the opportunity to go to Pittsburgh," Iginla said at a Thursday news conference at Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome.
He said he is looking forward to teaming up with Sydney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
"It's nice to kind of go East for this really short term and not have to play against [Calgary] because it would be a little weird and I can just cheer for them and not have to think we're battling for the same playoff spot or anything like that," he said.