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Do-over: Bruins sign Jarome Iginla for one year, $6M

Jul 5, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT

Jarome Iginla, Nathan Horton Getty Images

Hey, if you can’t beat them (one time in a playoff series), join them.

Perhaps that’s what Jarome Iginla‘s was thinking on Friday as he signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Boston Bruins, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Iginla’s deal hinges on performance-based incentives, which ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun breaks down:

Base salary: $1.8 million
Games played bonus: $3.7 million
Goal-scoring/team playoff performance: $500K

On a frenzied day full of wild twists, this move ranks up among those most unexpected – and amusing – turn of events.

As you may remember, many believed that the 36-year-old was traded to Boston around trade deadline time. Instead, Iginla asked for a trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who were summarily swept by the Bruins in the 2013 Eastern Conference finals.

Of course, that Bruins team already looks dramatically different from the one that held the aging winger pointless in four high-profile postseason contests.

Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley were traded out of town. Nathan Horton signed a big deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets while Andrew Ference left for the Edmonton Oilers. All of that sets the table for Iginla to be a welcome addition.

So … Bruins fans might want to take back all of those mean things they screamed when he was wearing a Penguins sweater.

  1. kingfooj - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:53 PM


    • sanfranbruinsfan - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      Hope he drops the gloves with Horton when Horton comes back with CBJ.
      Nothing against Horton of course, it would just be ironic.

  2. drewzducks - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Fool me once, shame on you…fool me twice…I’ll believe this after he’s played about 10 games for the Bs.

    • kitshky - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:28 PM


  3. bruins18 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Seriously wow haha after everybody the bruins missed out on I figured they were gonna grab him… Still think Brunner would be a solid pick up tho

  4. c1md6 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Now the pens will go to the cup.

    • 19to77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      So Iginla’s the new Marian Hossa?

      • alexbaymac - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:56 PM

        See, he should have gone right to the Hawks !!!

      • 19to77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:44 PM

        No, no, that has to be your third stop for the Cup password to work. First one contender, then the other, losing to both in a playoff series, then Chicago.

  5. ironcity6pak - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Sad to see him go but hay we got scaderi back!

    • hockinj25 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      You can’t even spell his name yet you are excited to get him.

      • drone501 - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:22 AM


    • letsgopens8771 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      Great character guy, but can’t say I miss him too much. He played really bad in the playoffs (except against Ottawa but that series was no contest.) he cannot win a battle down low to save his life. Wow. Boston though. Lol. Funny that now the Bs fans r trying to welcome him with open arms.

      • lordstanley65 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:28 PM

        Not all of us.

  6. BurkieInBoston - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Lucic – Krejci – Iginla
    Marchand – Bergeron – Eriksson
    Soderberg – Kelly – Smith
    Paille – Campbell – Thornton

    • valarmorghuliss - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      Swap Iggy and Eriksson

      • tdrusher225 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:12 PM


      • 19to77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:15 PM

        Iggy can’t backcheck to save his life. Eriksson is a dark horse Selke candidate on a good year. Which do you think more belongs on the Bergeron line?

      • valarmorghuliss - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:17 PM

        Because it’s already well known that most in Boston expect Krejci to be paired with Eriksson? From the moment they signed him?

      • 19to77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:21 PM

        Why compromise your Selke-winning centre’s line by putting a defensive liability on his wing? Match your two-way forwards up and leave your big, strong offensive wingers with your best playmaker – Krejci makes guys like Lucic, Horton and Iginla better around him and Eriksson gives them a kickass two-way second line that can score as well as it shuts down opponents’ top offense.

      • drewzducks - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:22 PM

        Agreed. Iggy slots in perfectly on that line a la Recchi, Erksson on Krejci line.

      • BurkieInBoston - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:41 PM

        Interesting to read such overwhelming support on here for Eriksson/Krejci AND Iginla/Bergeron. Most of the talking heads in Bs Twitterverse have it the opposite. Hmmm?

    • kfrase99 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      I was thinking paille on line 3 and Fraser on the fourth, but in all honesty I don’t know enough about Reilly Smith to make that call. I’ve read Fraser has lit the lamp quite a bit with Texas and can drop the gloves as well.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      That lineup will get you third place in the division if you’re lucky.

      • drewsylvania - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:29 PM

        BAHAHAHAHAHA such an amazing moron you are.

  7. steelerspitt7 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Loved him as a pen!! But way to slow enjoy him hole u can

    • jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      loved him as a pen?…for the whopping 2 months he wore the sweater?…come on dude. and wtf else did you say…slow enjoy his hole?

    • betrayedbylife - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      this isn’t the football page, we do not speak neanderthal, please re-phrase and try again

  8. golfsox78 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    This is like being dumped by your girlfriend, then after a while she realizes how bad she has it and then wants to get back together with you. Then you go ahead and marry her!

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      Then she cheats on you with the guy she dumped you for because he’s more well endowed.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:31 PM

        Pens fans used to being less endowed?

      • denverwally - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        As long as she can light the lamp consistently, I’ll take da ho back!

  9. tdrusher225 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Love it. Putting personal pride aside speaks volumes about this guy. A much better fit on this team and will be welcomed with open arms.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      6 million for one year speaks more volumes

      • tdrusher225 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        I’d bet you St. Louis, LA, and many other teams offered him something similar if not better. In the crazy, over-paying free agent market he was likely getting that type of salary.

    • cheesesteak75 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      If he would have put personal pride aside he would have been there two months ago. Don’t know how he is a much better fit there? Great players “fit” well on all teams!

      • tdrusher225 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        That’s not true. Stylistically he didn’t fit the run ‘n gun approach of the Penguins and the harder, more physical style of the Bruins is much more conducive to his game.

        The thing I admire is he was embarrassed by the team he left out in the cold, and managed to put personal pride aside and chose to go to the team he felt was the best fit. To me I shows the type of character he has to put all that behind him.

  10. nhstateline - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    can’t wait for this press conference. at least they only gave up money and a roster spot this time. I get that they needed a winger and it’s only 1.8 million dollar salary but those are huge bonuses. he won’t make bongs on the airplane, no guards outside his hotel room or anything like that so I get why they like that too. It’s just his game I don’t like very much, he seems like a fine human being, but they needed a winger……

  11. chanceoffleury1 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Am I the only one that didn’t think this was an unexpected move at all? When the Bruins were clearing cap space I figured either Alfie or Iginla was there next year for sure. When Alfredsson signed in Detroit I figured it was only a matter of time before the Iginla to Boston announcement. Just wasn’t a good fit for the Pens. He plays much more Bruins-style hockey to begin with and the Pens are deep at right wing. He’ll fit in better up there.

    • 19to77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      And the Bruins won’t randomly switch him to left wing for the first time in his career and expect it to magically work well, considering they’ve got three natural LWs in the top nine already.

  12. ajsjr40 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    6 million? Really? Chiarelli creates some space dealing Seguin/Peverly and this is the best he can do with it? Not impressed.

    • spitfisher - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      Read the article 1.8 plus bonuses….

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:32 PM

      Your reading comprehension is astounding.

    • maria716 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      Chiarelli moved Seguin for more reasons than just cap space. While only time will tell whether that was a good move or not, he was also able to package Peverley into the trade (whom, after this season & post season, would not have been movable otherwise) that move provides the much needed cap space for Rask’s contract & (part of) Bergeron’s extension.
      As only the salary piece of Iginla’s contract hits in 13-14 ($1.8M) that leaves them with additional cap room to either re-sign Jagr and/or sign another depth forward/ d-man. The bonuses are a cap hit against 14-15 because the $ amount cannot be known until it is paid out at the end of the season.
      It’s a very shrewd move by Chiarelli. Though I have to wonder if the performance based pay is going to now be the new “loophole” to skew contracts.

      • desertfan - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        Bonuses can only be paid to First contracts and over 35 1 year deals.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      Chiarelli is in panic mode.

  13. pastabelly - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    So Chiarelli was actually doing something in between going public with smears against Seguin. Not a bad signing, but I have to wonder if bringing back Ryder at much $less would have been a better way to go.

    • pastabelly - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      One more thing on this. I suppose I’d rather give Iginla $6 million than Alfredsonn $5.5 million. That five year age difference is huge. My problem with Chiarelli is that I believe he actually would have signed Alfredsonn if he could have.

      • lordstanley65 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:36 PM

        Me too…and it was scaring he crap out of me. I was hoping for Ryder instead. Never saw this coming.

  14. isithockeyseasonyet - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    So what is his cap hit then? Is it 6?

    • chanceoffleury1 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      Yes. All potential bonus salary counts against the cap.

    • drewsylvania - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      Wondering the same thing.

  15. dboldave - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I was hoping this happened and I’m glad it did. I really feel he is a good fit for this team.

    And I hope everyone who booed him feels like a tool now!

    • lordstanley65 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      Ummmm…let’s see…..nope.

  16. girouxed - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Laugh out loud

  17. sonofsamiam - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    His cap hit is only 1.8 million. If he hits all his bonuses, the extra 4.2 million counts against next years’ cap.

    • maria716 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      Mostly true – except that he doesn’t have to hit all of his bonuses for there to be a cap hit in 14-15. The total of any performance based compensation that is paid out will hit the Bruins cap in 14-15.

  18. cweez2 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    You’d think the Bruins would know that rent-a-relic doesn’t work?

    • maria716 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      Worked pretty damn well in 2011.

  19. bucrightoff - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    The Bruins ultimately get Iginla and didn’t have to give up Bartkowski who looks like a good player. They did well ultimately.

  20. bigdaddy44 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    The problem is that Iggy is going to make Seguin and Jagr look like Selke winners. Chiarelli, what are you going to do when he doesn’t fit into Clode’s system, trade him to Dallas?

    In the Boston history of idiotic trades there was Sparky Lyle, then Jeff Bagwell, then Joe Thornton and eventually Tyler Seguin will join that group. No disrespect intended to Eriksson, but Seguin will far surpass him as an NHL player.

  21. luz56 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    6 M for captain cling on?? In his hey day he was THE PLAYER… He’s a 2-3 line guy. If you took the name off the back of the jersey and just said this guy is getting 6M you would call it theft. By the way he is not a locker room guy.. Kind of a sh#t disturber in the dressing room.

  22. jovocop2112 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    And so ‘Old Man’ Iginla begins his new quest of desperately signing up with whichever Eastern Conference team his agent tells him has the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup. “Oh yeah, last years top regular season team was a real bust, Iggy but the Bruins were the Eastern Conference CHAMPIONS! Thats only two words away from Stanley Cup champions! I’m sure they will repeat now sign this piece of paper!”

    • drone501 - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      2 words away. are you for real.

  23. kfrase99 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    “Just when I thought you couldn’t be any DUMBER, you go ahead and do something like this…AND TOTALLY REDEEM YOURSELF!”

  24. blackhawks2010 - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    A year too late…..

  25. theskinsman - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    So at 36 Iginla is an ‘aging winger’, but at 41 Jagr was still awesome. Maybe in O’Brien’s world.
    At 36, I’m sure he can skate for more than 30 seconds, and can do more than slowly spin with the puck before slowly shooting it into the goalie’s pads.

    • tampashot - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      Iggy still has his shot but that’s about it. His board play sucked (don’t care which wing he was on, he didn’t win any battles) and he was unable to create on his own. Best thing you will get is he can teach the other $6 million dollar man to be professional and actually give a crap about the regular season (no, not Seguin, Looch) and the playoffs.

  26. holeecowman - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    whoa stop the presses… isn’t it just a lil funny the penguins are having trouble retaining players.
    I wonder why???

    • drone501 - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      don’t worry about the pens. they will be fine.

  27. giantssb42champs - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Not liking this move by Chia.

  28. ironman721 - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Class act! I really liked him in a Pens black and gold.

  29. amityvillefun - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Looks like Iggy learned from his past mistake. Bergeron and Krejci CAN hang with Crosby and Malkin, and get this, they actually back check and play defense! Wow!

    Plus Rask > Vokoun or Fleury… Defense better as well. Vastly.

    It wasn’t as plain as day before because he was judging the Bruins by “regular season play.”

    As any true hockey fan knows, the regular season and the playoffs are two completely different animals. The whistles get buried, underachievers fight for every lose puck, and players struggle for every inch of space in front of the net. Every player is expected to finish their checks. The regular season games are practically water ballet by comparison.

    • tampashot - Jul 6, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      The Hawks sure didn’t struggle for every inch of space in front of the net on those last two goals that won the Cup. Hawks made B’s defense look as bad as the Penguins D. Chara was on the ice for 9 of the Hawks last 11 goals.

  30. pvs1959 - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    So he’ll be making EXACTLY 1.8 million next year. 😉

  31. pvs1959 - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Can someone tell me what the percentage of times that signing a “Past-Their-Due-Date” NHL star has taken a team to the Stanley Cup? (Besides Mark Messier…. and he wasn’t exactly past his prime.)

    • slysipops - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      it’s not very high of a percentage !

  32. slysipops - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    so does this make BOSTON the recycle center of hockey ? AND how do you change a boo to a yah ? choke up your pride and bring it from the belly ( boo ) to the throat ( yah ) ?

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