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Iginla's game dropped off in Pittsburgh.
Contract: One-year deal worth $6 million, ($6 million cap hit)
The Boston Bruins lost Nathan Horton to the Columbus Blue Jackets and decided not to re-sign Jaromir Jagr. After swapping Tyler Seguin for Loui Eriksson, the team still had a hole in its top six. With numerous options, the Bruins signed Jarome Iginla.
Seriously, they really got Iginla, and Ray Shero didn't make a move at the last second to change his mind.
The time Boston was Iginla's first choice, unlike the fiasco that transpired at last season's trade deadline. However, does this signing really help the Boston Bruins?
Iginla clearly has lost a step, and he isn't the player he was during his prime with the Calgary Flames. No one expects him to be a dynamo at this point, but how much will Iginla actually help the Bruins? Consider that Iginla couldn't produce with Evgeni Malkin. Then consider that Iginla will play with Patrice Bergeron or David Krejci.
No offense to either pivot, but no one would ever confuse them with Malkin. Maybe Iginla's style fits the Bruins' system better than it did the Pittsburgh Penguins', but it can be assumed that the Bruins aren't holding their breath.
Iginla's contract was structured in a manner that he will make a low salary, but has the potential to earn more money if he produces. It is unlikely that Iginla will hit all his bonuses, because he just hasn't shown that he is still a consistent first-line forward.