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Bruins’ Iginla making sure ‘rust doesn’t build up’

Aug 2, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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Jarome Iginla has hit the ice, as part of his summer training regimen leading into training camp in September.

The Boston Bruins, after losing out on the Iginla sweepstakes in a chaotic turn of events prior to the NHL trade deadline, signed the veteran forward to a one-year deal worth $6 million on the first day of free agency on July 5.

The 36-year-old Iginla, who scored five goals and 11 points in 13 regular season games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team he was traded to in April, was recently in British Columbia, Canada, working on the ice in order to sharpen up prior to camp with his new team.

“During the summer, I like to get on the ice definitely starting in July and make sure the rust doesn’t build up, and also work on things to improve,” Iginla told the Bruins Blog recently.

“You always want to keep trying to get better, and try to make sure rust doesn’t get on there…You’ve got to work hard, it’s fun. You want to be prepared going into the season.”

If you’ll recall, Iginla chose the Penguins over the Bruins – although Boston’s GM Peter Chiarelli thought a deal was in place Flames GM Jay Feaster – as the team he wanted to be traded to in what turned out to be the big blockbuster leading up to the deadline.

But in a strange twist in the already thickened plot, the seemingly powerhouse Penguins wilted in the Eastern Conference final, as the Bruins swept them and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.

  1. pensman29 - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Thanks for the reminder on that last paragraph.

  2. evansk62 - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Remember what happened when Hossa bailed to the wings? Karma baby, the cup is ours next year

  3. jacketsfan7 - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    True that! ^^^^

  4. capsrockva - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Just glad he isn’t on Pittsburgh anymore

  5. Human Cannonball - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    It’s better to burn out than it is to rust.

  6. jacketsfan7 - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    True , and he frees up a roster space for either D’agostini or Bennett

  7. wisdomnfl - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    No gas in the tank.

    • theskinsman - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:57 AM

      No gas in the tank.

      Who the heck is talking about Jagr???

  8. LampyB - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    The real point is what happened to the Wings when we picked up Hossa, and why did we dump him?

    He loved himself so much, he tried to win the cup on his own.

  9. titansbro - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Pens fans loved Iggy & thought they had the cup for sure when they got him last year, now they’re glad he’s gone. Lol.

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      can’t expect much out of a fan base that’s only existed for 10 years

  10. modellforprez - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    They didnt win without him and they wont win with him. shhh chumparelli would of been better off keeping the degenerate gambler that took his wilted talent to the wastelands known as New Joisy

  11. earpaniac - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Except the Wings didn’t win the cup when he jumped to the Blackhawks.

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