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Iginla ‘open’ to re-signing with Penguins

Jun 9, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

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Given what happened in the Eastern Conference final, one might think Jarome Iginla now wishes he had chosen to go to Boston instead of Pittsburgh.

Iginla, 35 years of age and a pending unrestricted free agent this summer, was acquired prior to the trade deadline in a blockbuster deal between the Penguins and Calgary Flames.

Iginla chose to waive his no-trade clause to go to Pittsburgh. The Bruins were also in the running, but ultimately spurned.

Iginla had four goals and 12 points in 15 playoff games, but was held without a point in his last five games, including the conference final, when the Penguins were swept.

His future remains a point of interest heading into the summer free agency period.

“It’s been very positive (and) would be open (to re-signing). Even though we didn’t win, it was a great experience,” Iginla said Sunday, as per the Penguins’ Twitter account.

Iginla is in the final year of a five-year, $35 million contract.

Here is a snippet of what Calgary Sun sports columnist Eric Francis wrote about Iginla’s future prospects. Read the full column here.

No one can blame him for choosing Steeltown over Beantown in March, but it obviously didn’t unfold the way he or the club hoped. While he put up decent numbers, he was not an impact player, which was illustrated well by the fact he was bumped from the second line by Matt Cooke with the season on the line. The experiment failed, and the Pens have no cap-room to give it a second chance, which was likely Iginla’s original hope moving forward.

Then again, if Iginla is willing to play for just a few million dollars a year, then anything is possible.

  1. killerpgh - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Iginla has played his whole 16 career playing right wing at a hall of fame level. So he gets traded to the Penguins and they make him a left winger most of the time. That was more of the reason on switching Cooke up to the 2nd line to LW and dropping Iggy to the 3rd line and back to his natural RW.
    That being said I would like to see him brought back for 1 year, 4 million.

    • govtminion - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      You know, that bothered me all the way through the series- if you have a guy who has gone to several All Star rosters, a surefire Hall of Famer, and you put him in a position he doesn’t normally play… why did you trade for him anyway? Wouldn’t it have been better then to look around for a left winger if that’s what you needed?

      Makes me wonder how much of the Iginla trade was for making the team better, and how much of it was trying to grab headlines. Very strange situation in Pittsburgh with this- hoping that wherever Iginla goes next year, he’s used more effectively.

      As for the ‘picked the wrong team’ thing… he picked the team that he felt gave him the best chance at a Cup. Hard to fault him for that- the Penguins were the favorites to go for much of the season in the East, after all. I’m a diehard B’s fan, and even I figured they’d win the series eventually. It’s easy to taunt Iginla for the wrong choice now, but you know what they say about hindsight…

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        The coach didn’t trade for him, the GM did.

      • govtminion - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:44 PM

        Fair enough, but then we’re assuming Bylsma and Shero don’t communicate at all about team needs?

  2. lavaristheman - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Iggy is already rich. If he wants to win the cup and hes smart, he will take the hometown discount and stay with the pens. The pens are on the cusp of a 4th cup. A few tweaks here and there and they win it and i think iggy knows this. Look for him to stay through at least next season.

    • dudermcrbohan - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      on the cusp? they just got bounced out the playoffs bro

      • govtminion - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        Only if you believe the lamestream media! Penguins can still win in nine!

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      It’s not a hometown discount if you played with the team for 8 weeks

    • bakedbees - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      Your crystal ball is still broken!

    • imleftcoast - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      If he wants to win a Cup, he should go to Chicago. Hawks in 6.

  3. sanfranbruinsfan - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Or he could pull a Hossa!!! He’ll definitely go to a contender, just probably not the Pens or Bruins based on their respective cap situations. But, as we have seen in the past few weeks, anything can happen.

  4. 2jivecrew - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    “Blockbuster trade”? The Pens gave up almost nothing for him. Unless the B’s can find a way around Chicago, I doubt he’ll be regretting anything. And he can always re-sign for a couple more shots…..with assurances that he’ll play on the right side 1st line where he should’ve been all along.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      I’d say two prospects and a first round pick is a lot for a 3rd line player who’s a free agent.

  5. bakedbees - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    The Bruins prefer to got thru teams, not around them…

    • imleftcoast - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      Hook and hold them into submission. They play the old fashioned way. Lucky, Greg Campbell’s daddy loosened up the officiating for them.

      • homelanddefense - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        oh my god with the Greg Campbell comments….so lame. Must be nice watching the games when you have an excuse ready before they start. Wonder why Florida never hoisted the cup with him on the roster.

  6. nosefacekillah - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    So the Penguins Twitter feed announces Iggy wants to come back. This is like a GM saying he stands behind his coach.

    Iggy played 15 games with Sid and went 8-7. He watch Sid whine and cry then disappear. After years of leading the right way himself we are to believe he wants Crosby as his leader?

    The B’s will have an open RW on their second line this summer. I think that may appeal more to him than watching Sid change his pads.

  7. blackhawks2010 - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Iginla was to go to Boston. 😉

  8. spitfisher - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Look for Iggy to be in a Calgary jersey next year, this year he was paid 7 million, you think he’ll stay in Birdland for 4 million?

    I doubt it, someone else will pay him 5-5.5 mill including Calgary. The birds will have to be pretty tight n spending their is a cap and they have a lot of unsigned players or in their final years.

    • hockey412 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      Interesting point, despite the thumbs down…he never moved his family from Calgary, did he.

      • dwinslow78 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        He sold his house in Calgary a few weeks after the trade

  9. malkinrulez - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    dudermcrbohan bounced out in conference finals bruh. Most would call that on the cusp.

    • homelanddefense - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      they were swept…..they were just as many wins from the cup as the teams who lost in the 2nd round…

  10. bruinsfan19 - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    As a Bruins fan I do wish Iginla chose Boston but I’m also glad he didn’t because We would have sent Calgary Bartkowski but the way he’s played in the playoffs when he was in I believe he has a really bright future ahead of him

  11. pastabelly - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    If he re-signs with Pittsburgh, they’re a lock. Right?

  12. mattmc20 - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Too many comments saying the Pens are a lock next year…Don’t forget that the Pens now have to contend with Detroit in the East. Wings made a ton of noise with a weak defense that will only see additions this offseason. With a lot of cap space and several young players that will see lots of playing time my money says the wings represent the east before the Pens.

  13. Stiller43 - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    He’ll have to severely drop his salary if he wants to come back. I do NOT expect him back in the burgh.

  14. Stiller43 - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Who’s saying theyre a lock? With two of the best players in the world under contract, theyre a great chance to be in the playoffs and anything can happen when you get there

  15. chanceoffleury1 - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    Ignoring cap space issues for a moment, if Iggy really means it and isn’t just trying to be nice, then the ONLY way I see it is if Shero (and Bylsma if he’s still around in September) swear on their mothers to Iginla that he will play on Sid’s right wing full time next season. I refuse to be tricked into believing that separating Neal from Malkin’s right wing is a logical solution to any problems, and I think the Pens want to re-sign Dupuis. He’s versatile and cheap. I think the logical thing to do if the numbers are right for both, and Iginla really does want to stay, is to trade Kennedy and move Dupuis to the Sutter line, keep Neal on the Malkin line, and sit Iggy on Sid’s line. That leaves everyone in their correct position.

    At the end of the day I think he’s just being nice though. It’s not that I think he’s opposed to signing in Pittsburgh, I just don’t think he’s attached to it at all. I think he’ll see what’s out there before even considering resigning with the Pens. Especially if the Pens aren’t going to make any major changes by buying out Fleury or firing Bylsma or trading a top player to get a new starter. If it didn’t work this year why would it work next year? If the Pens want to resign Dupuis, Letang, and Malkin and don’t want to buyout Fleury then I don’t think they even have the cap space to keep Iggy in the first place. I’m definitely interested to see where he ends up though. It’s not like Boston or Chicago have the cap space for him to pull a Hossa. Maybe LA if they get creative? All the top contenders from this year are pretty tight on cap space after the required resignings they’ll need to do. Lord knows somebody will make room for Jarome Iginla, though. He’s not a guy that will need to beg for offers. He’ll certainly have choices.

  16. joewilliesshnoz - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Nothin left in the tank, see ya.

  17. vicvega422 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    He should with Boston. THAT would be a twist.

  18. therolandobottom - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Iginla, you sir are a loser. Enjoy the couch buttplug.

    • ncaapizool - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      Minus infinity.

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