Jarome Iginla decides on Bruins
On Friday, Jarome Iginla agreed to continue his search of a Stanley Cup with Boston – the team that eliminated his Penguins during the Eastern Conference Final.
For the Bruins fans, it couldn’t have been soon enough. Boston Bruins fans had been down this path before.
In March, several media outlets reported that Jarome Iginla had been traded to Boston. Many Bruins fans fell asleep with thoughts of the long-time Calgary Flames captain lifting the Stanley Cup above his head in black and gold. But they woke up to shocking news that Iginla had been dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins, leaving the question, “what happened?”
Well, Bruins fans, you got your guy now.
Iginla has agreed to a one-year, incentives based deal with Boston, according to USA Today Sports.
“My family and I are very excited to be joining the Bruins. I love the way they play… I feel like there’s a great chance for me to win here,” Iginla told CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty.
“I think we’re getting a highly motivated player that wants to win. He’s an elite offensive player that’s a warrior, and his style of play fits our team,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli commented.
Iginla’s contract with the Bruins pays him a base salary of $1.8 million, but also includes $4.2 million in bonuses that includes games played and goals scored.
The Bruins have been leveled by free agency this year, already losing Nathan Horton, Andrew Ference and Anton Khudobin to better offers. The team had announced last week they would not re-sign Jaromir Jagr.
On Thursday, Boston dealt 21-year-old Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley to the Dallas Stars, leaving the team short at right wing.
Bringing in Iginla should help.
Iginla has spent the majority of his career playing on the right side and looks to slide in on the Bruins top line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic – the spot left vacant by Horton’s departure.
In 1,232 career games, Iginla has netted 530 goals and 576 assists. He is third in goals scored among active skaters, trailing only Jagr and Teemu Selanne.
“Jarome is a Hall of Fame forward. He’s a player that we’ve coveted from before and now we’re very fortunate to have join our mix,” Chiarelli added to the Boston Herald.