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Iginla loving everything about Boston now

Jul 6, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

Zdeno Chara, Jarome Iginla AP

Jarome Iginla signing with the Boston Bruins helped everyone think back on the madness that erupted the night he was traded by Calgary. While he chose the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Bruins on that night, he says he’s happy to be a Bruin now.’s Joe Haggerty shares the story on Iginla’s elation with what the Bruins have going on.

“My family and I are very excited to be joining the Bruins,” said Iginla. “I love the way they play. They are extremely hard to play against, and they have lots of grit and determination.

“I feel like there’s a great chance for me to win here.”

Everything about Boston’s style of hockey could be used to describe how Iginla plays it. Skilled but tough, Iginla will get to move back to the right wing with the Bruins now that Nathan Horton (Columbus) and Jaromir Jagr (free agent) are headed elsewhere.

Now he’ll just have to hope B’s fans can forgive and forget what happened this season.

  1. pastabelly - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Score goals and hit hard and he’s forgiven.

    Seriously, the choice at the time was to go to a team that was on a losing streak or to a team on a 15-game winning streak. Time for fans to get over it. Horton is the one who left.

    • sabatimus - Jul 6, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      I was over it the day it happened. It’s the media that blew this all up…probably because they basically got caught with egg on their faces.

  2. nepo784 - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    How convenient

  3. pghcityofchamps - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    What do you expect him to say….the Bruins just laid out 6 million for 1 year!!!! Do you seriously think that if Pittsburgh had the money left and offered him a contract close or even a multi year deal, that he wouldn’t have resigned with Pittsburgh in a heartbeat? But Pitt locked up their young talent and core guys for the next 8 yrs instead of wasting 6 million on a guy on the downward side of his career. Hey, I appreciate what he brought thru the end of the season and playoff run, and would have loved to have had him sign again, but I’d much rather take Malkin, Crosby, Letang, Neal, Scuderi, and Dupuis. They will be around for a lot more years after Iginla hangs em up.

  4. amityvillefun - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    “If you can’t beat ’em, join them.”

    Extremely hard to play against? Yep. You discovered that first hand alongside some of the best the NHL has to offer offensively.

    Chicago won the Cup this year, but the Bruins will be right back at it. Hopefully with an entire team on board that appreciates playing on a true contender.

    Save the partying until after the playoffs.

  5. ironcity6pak - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Pens will sweep them next year then he will retire

    • amityvillefun - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Baseless arrogance. You just got swept yourselves. Go get a goalie or something.

      • claysbar - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        Do you have a base for the comment?, “get a goalie or something?”

      • drewsylvania - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        Uh, both the Pens’ goalies aren’t good enough?

  6. modellforprez - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    I dont think any Boston fan holds anything against him. why should they. The Bruins Steam rolled the Pens and really it should have been finished when he fought who was it Horton. but Boston fans are imbeciles and probably will boo him. i thought they were gonna try to get cooke. that would have been priceless.

    • lordstanley65 - Jul 6, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      “Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and prove it.”

  7. pastabelly - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    The Penguins are no better than the team that just got swept by the Bruins. They are paying their core players more. That doesn’t make you better.

  8. amityvillefun - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    I highly doubt the Bruins fans will boo him. Unless, of course, he’s a total bust, which I doubt. If you don’t play hard in Boston, we let you know. But we are also smart enough to know it isn’t all about scoring. That is why defensive players like Campbell, Kelly and McQuaid get appreciated in Boston. If you play hard and do your job, we cheer. If you choke, well, like any other fanbase, we let you know that too. What fans cheer lousy plays? “Gee he turned the puck over and they scored….wasn’t that awesome?” (rolls eyes)

    By all accounts, Iginla has a great work ethic and plays “Bruins style hockey” anyway, so I don’t think he will have a problem. Hopefully a full season with the team will bring out the best in him.

    • bobhpine - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      Iggy does have a great work ethic and he is a great guy, but he is so slow and he can no longer create his own shot. I am really shocked that Chiarelli watched Iggy play up close in that Pens-B’s series and still decided to pay him $6M.

      Oh well. At least the good “people” of Boston have already said the worst things about Iggy, one of the nicest guys in all of sports.

      • amityvillefun - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        What are the “worst things that were said about Iggy?” I know people felt ticked off about him going to the Pens, but most that I talked to said he was a good player. He manned up and fought Horton when he came to Boston (which he didn’t need to do) and Horton is still paying the price for the fall he took on his bad shoulder.

      • lordstanley65 - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

        Because I’m sure that if what happened with our trade with Ottawa that was supposed to bring Iggy here originally happened in whatever rathole you live in, Bob, you would have strewn roses before him, too, right? Hypocrite. Come up with something useful sometime.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:44 PM

        Chiarelli loves overpaying guys, see Lucic, Kelly, Peverley, Boychuk and soon Rask

  9. borgsng - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    I hope he plays better in Boston than he did in Pittsburgh

  10. pastabelly - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    The Penguins are a lock, right?

    • drone501 - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:01 AM


  11. jmfasano014 - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Iginla, It must have been hard at the time to make the choice, but if he had made the choice for Boston, he would have been a difference maker, Boston could have captured the cup. He is an impact player, that would have complimented our team this past cup run, I hope Boston can get back there, Its a tough road, but they have the make-up for it, there core is still pretty much there, and with the addition and subtractions, I feel they are stronger for a repeat cup appearance. He should be welcomed in Boston, SCORE, HIT, PLAY THE BOARDS AND THE CORNERS. and he should replace any lost production of Hortons, He is more consistent, from start to finish, LET’S GO BRUINS.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      He would’ve fit in a lot better with the Bruins style of play than the Pens. It’s too bad he didn’t choose Boston originally, but at the time the Pens looked unstoppable. And the B’s wouldn’t have acquired Jagr, who was a solid contributor during their run. Anyway, solid pickup. Iginla and Eriksson should fit in seamlessly.

    • matteyghoukis - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Jmsfan. I’m a Pens fan and this is just how I saw it. Iginla will score goals for you guys, and maybe moving him back to RW will make him more comfortable we’ll see. Now he should have more comfort seeing that you’ll have him much longer than we did, but the down side is that from what I seen he is not much for forechecking or backchecking…Hell for any defense at all from what I’ve seen. On a team like ours with so much scoring I just thought it was overkill. So if Lucic, Krecji, and Bergeron n Co. Don’t mind a cherry picking goal scorer who’s not gonna help much defensively then you guys will be happy, you’ll see what I mean. Also I loved Horton and wished the pens would’ve scooped him up especially with Cooke leaving coz I think he does a lot that Iginla won’t do. Horton is a beast!

      Also now that Jagr is gone, I mean maybe Jagr was not scoring in the playoffs but give me a guy who can hold the puck on his skates and create (like our up n comer Beau Bennett) over a guy who just wants to score and I’m happy good luck.

      • amityvillefun - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Agreed on Horton. He is a beast, when healthy.

        You don’t get ice time playing on the Bruins if you don’t play “the system”; which means he has to forecheck and backcheck or he won’t see ice time much. Also, his contract is merit driven, so the better he plays, the more he makes. If that isn’t incentive, I don’t know what is. Oh yeah, and completing again for the Cup.

  12. pastabelly - Jul 6, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Let’s not rewrite history though on Iginla. He gave Feaster list of four teams he would accept a trade to. After the deal was made and agreed to, he refused it. Boston fans and players had a right to be upset. Lucic and the Bruins said all of the right things, but they used that Iginla episode for a little motivation. The fans and players will forgive him. He’s a Bruins type of player, more so than a Penguin.

  13. houseof666 - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Play like a bruin and all will be forgiven plus how did they overpay for iginla? It’s a salary based on performance, highly doubful he’ll make 6 mill.

  14. wisdomnfl - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Slow washed up player. Next topic please

  15. slysipops - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    WHAT A JOKE ! come on B fans be honest… have got to feel like the girl who got a horrible case of acne two weeks before the prom, and then her mom bought a 5 gallon bucket of PROACTIVE….after the big dance was done ?? as if getting knocked off by the BLACKHAWKS ( love love ) after all the bold trash talk wasn’t embarassment enough, THIS HAPPENS !! i can’t wait for the first B’s game on center ice to see how the ROOT TV boys play this up !! LOL! it ought to be like a hockey soap-opera !!!

  16. redgreentape - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    SO, Did he check with Crosby to make sure this was ok?

  17. mp1131211 - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Omg… I go on vacation for a week and this is what happens?

  18. slysipops - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    okay, so does does this make PITTSBURGH the GOODWILL STORE of hockey OR …BOSTON a job TEMP SERVICE of hockey ? plus are the Bfans who booed IGGY two-faced enough to cheer him this coming season ?? i’m so confused ! AND will the NESN announcers explain to the outsider audiance why he is being cheered for NOW , when they went to all the explaining last season about why he was being booed at the BOSTON rink . hockey is getting so hard for the fans to understand !

  19. slysipops - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    PLUS, $6 million bucks for one season ( maybe all that’s left in the tank ?) will heal a lot of those scars left from those mean B’s fans ! but look at it this way : last seasons AARP member didn’t work at getting a cup for BOSTON….maybe this years version will work ? B’s fans, if by APRIL or MAY JEROME ain’t cutting the mustard…you can boo him that much harder…AND REALLY MEAN IT THIS TIME !

  20. slysipops - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    BOSTON GLOBE HEADLINE : EXTRA EXTRA ….. former BOSTON sports figures looking at CAREER CHANGES ! JOE AZCUE… VIC CORRELL…RICK CERONE … ALEX DELGADO … possible back up for BRUINS netminder ? strange, but does go along with the new ..BRUINS CHANGES FOR THE FUTURE ??

  21. slysipops - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    it is so comical to read some of the B fans comments about JEROME ! you can almost hear the swish of their pride choking down their throats, as they pound their excuses about how last season’s STUFF did not matter on the keyboards ! was it SHAKESPHERE who said ALAS…HOW FAST WE FORGET ?? i heard the BRUINS front office is offering free speech lessons to season ticket holders! it seems as though they can teach them to make the transision from BOO to YEA in just a few easy classes !

  22. whatthepuck2012 - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:43 PM


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