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Iginla arrives in Boston, would ‘love to be here for a while’

Aug 28, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT

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Jarome Iginla took part in his first practice as a Bruin on Tuesday, but couldn’t resist looking into the future.

“I’d like to have a great year for the Bruins and just play really well and have fun and ultimately, win,” Iginla told the Bruins website. “I know a lot of the guys here, getting that close last year, a lot of them have already won but you talk to them and you talk to guys who won, and you just want to get back there and win again.”

The 36-year-old signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Bruins in July, opting for short-term deal with a contender as opposed to a longer deal with a team on the outside looking in. Boston has been to two of the last three Stanley Cup Finals — winning once — and still has a large core of those teams locked up.

Iginla, who has never won a Cup, clearly wants in on the action. Which could be why he sounds like a guy that isn’t thinking just about one year with the Bruins.

He’s moved his family east (his kids start school soon) and talked like a guy that was seriously contemplating sticking in Boston long-term. He told the B’s website he purposely arrived early to “get as many kinks out as far as knowing the practice-route drive or learning a bit about Boston downtown,” and talked about the possibility of being a Bruin beyond 2013-14.

“I’d love to be here longer,” he explained. “As a family, we haven’t been here long but it looks fun [for the family] and the kids are excited about their school and would love to be here for a while and be part of success here for a while.”

  1. wisdomnfl - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Washed up ex star player. Nothing left, he should retire with dignity.

    • trbowman - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      He’s still got game left, but this whole “dic* ride the top elite teams” to a Cup thing will take away from him should he win one. It just won’t be the same. And the way this transpired from him shunning Boston for Pittsburgh is hilarious.

    • hockeyflow33 - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      Ummm really?

  2. henryjones20 - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    I’d love to be anywhere for awhile @6mill per.

  3. pepper2011 - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    I really think he will have a great year in Boston. I mean there is nothing showing me he is falling off or too old. I don’t think he’ll net 50, but 35 not at all out of the realm of possibility. He will be playing with the best center he has ever played with (I am not counting his 13 games in Pitt), AND he will have Lucic on the opposite side. I realize the numbers were down a bit, but I attribute that to that poor excuse of a team Feaster fed the fans last year. He pretty much knew from day one that he was going to be dealt; and they were rolling him out there with who? Stajan? Hudler? C’mon!?! I am not saying he’s going to be as dominant as 27 year old Iginla, but the dude can snipe, and the NHL clearly wants more offense with the downsizing of the goalie pads. He had a good playoffs, and I have my hopes up (again) that the playoff Krejci will show up for a full season and, the controlled; motivated, dominant, physical leader that Lucic has shown he can be will show up for a full season; with Iginla; that line could be real special- there is a whole lot of everything on that line. I really can’t think of anything that line lacks. 34 days! Thank Orr we don’t have to deal with another lockout.

    • hockeyflow33 - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      Are you saying someone expects him to score 50 goals?


      • pepper2011 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        really? That’s what you got from:

        “I don’t think he’ll net 50, but 35 not at all out of the realm of possibility”
        “I am not saying he’s going to be as dominant as 27 year old Iginla”

        my point was I would expect pretty similar numbers to his last couple years in calgary. What age may be taking away from him; the talent around him will compensate. That’s all. I feel like everyone thinks he’s washed up and i’m not seeing. On the right team; he is still a 30+ goal guy. Iginla seems to have a constant motor; no games/shifts off- the Horton, Lucic, Krejci line could disappear at times; I am hoping the Iginla influence will cut down on those days.

    • amityvillefun - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:58 PM

      Thank the humble Orr indeed!

      I give Iginla credit for dropping the gloves with Horton his first game back in Boston after the snub. That’s good enough for me. He manned up. After such things, men leave it in the past. He’s been graceful in the press; let bygones be bygones and see how he does with the B on his chest.

      He actually got the better of Horton in that fight too.

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    I respect Iginla a hell of a lot but I believe the comments he’s made about loving Boston and like it is his way of kissing ass to Boston because of turning down Boston just to come here instead.

    • mp1131211 - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      Not a chance. He netted 30+ while his team was in the worst division in the league. He’s got another thing coming for him in the East this year. I say 15-20 and as many fights (OK, wishful thinking)

  5. pepper2011 - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Yes and No. He’s got a full year here, probably would like to stay. Good school systems; a team that is pretty clearly poised to have legit shot for the next few years, and In virtually the same time it would take him to get to Edmonton; he and his family could be in NY, Toronto, MTL, Philly, DC. If he doesn’t resign in Boston he could live here and sign with anyone of the teams in a surrounding city.

    Yes – undoubtedly damage control, but for Bruins fans beating the Pens the way they did was it. It was like “see”. That being said – It’s not like he is from Boston. He wasn’t the hometown guy choosing another city (don’t get me wrong it 4-0 felt great!) but it’s hard to fault him too much, Sid is the best player in the world, and Malkin is right there too- I can’t say I wouldn’t have made the same decision. I honestly blame Feaster for being incompetent. I am sure players make decisions like this all the time and you never hear about it.

  6. ironcity6pak - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    That’s what jagar says everywhere he ends up for one year

  7. modellforprez - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Gee seems like a nice guy. Hope he does not end up like Savard. That would be awful

  8. amityvillefun - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    What happened to Savard would be awful for ANY player to endure.

    Except, maybe, Matt Cooke. Then it would be justice.

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