Jarome Iginla Signs One-Year Contract with the Boston Bruins
UPDATE: Friday, July 5 at 7:37 p.m. ET by Nicholas Goss
According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Bruins have signed Jarome Iginla.
Jarome Iginla is a Boston Bruin.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 5, 2013
TSN's Pierre LeBrun has reported the salary details of the contract:
Iggy deal: $1.8 M base salary, $3.7 M games played bonus, $500,000 goal scoring/team playoff performance: total $6 M— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 5, 2013
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UPDATE: Friday, July 5 at 3:59 p.m. ET by Nicholas Goss
During TSN's live coverage of NHL free agency on Friday, Darren Dreger reported that the Boston Bruins were "kicking the tires" on Iginla.
The Bruins thought they were acquiring the 36-year-old at the trade deadline, leading Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to say that "We believed we had a deal. We operated under the premise of a deal." Iginla decided to waive his no-trade clause to join the Pittsburgh Penguins instead of Boston.
The former Flames captain would be a great fit with the Bruins because he plays a physical game and could satisfy the Original Six club's need for a top-six winger who can score goals.
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After spending 15-plus seasons with the Calgary Flames, the 36-year-old veteran was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins about a week prior to last year's trade deadline.
The move allowed Iginla to have another opportunity to win the first Stanley Cup of his legendary career. But instead of hoisting the Cup, Iginla's season ended with a disappointing sweep in the Eastern Conference Final at the hands of the Boston Bruins.
Even at this stage of his career, Iginla still has a great shot, good playmaking skills, a high hockey IQ and the ability to excel on the power play. He's still an excellent power forward who protects the puck well, plays a physical game, goes to the dirty areas to win puck battles and will establish a net-front presence.
In his last 12 non-lockout seasons, Iginla has tallied 60 or more points. If Iginla signs with a team that has a good first- or second-line center, he will continue to be a productive top-six forward capable of putting up anywhere from 55-70 points. Before 2013, the veteran forward hadn't missed a regular-season game in five years, proving how durable he is and the excellent physical shape he maintains.
He's also one of the best leaders of his generation and would serve as a strong mentor to younger players on whichever team he joins.
The team that signs Iginla will be getting a talented forward who will be a great locker-room presence and bring a competitive attitude to the ice on every shift as he continues his pursuit of the Stanley Cup.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. He was also a credentialed writer at the 2011 and 2013 Stanley Cup Final, as well as the 2013 NHL draft. All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise noted.
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