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Bruins’ Iginla staying positive despite scoring struggles

Nov 30, 2013, 5:37 PM EDT

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His goal production is down compared to years past.

But Boston Bruins forward Jarome Iginla isn’t dwelling on that, at least not publicly, despite just five goals in 26 games this season, which comes after he signed a one-year deal worth $6 million in total this summer.

The 36-year-old right winger has twice scored 50 goals or more in a season, and isn’t far removed from 32 and 43-goal seasons with the Calgary Flames.

“There have been different years where the goals come at different times. It can really switch fast. What I’ve learned over the years is just to make sure you’re shooting the puck. I believe they will come in time, but at least we’re winning hockey games right now,” Iginla told CSNNE.com.

“You just need to keep working hard, and keep getting better. You’re in good scoring situations, so you want to produce. But it’s important to also stay positive.”

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Ya know, like I tried to tell Joe Haggerty, why does it matter? The Bruins have a combined 71 goals on the season. Thats tied with the Penguins who have the two top goals scorers in the league. Thats 3 less than Anaheim who have another two of the top goal scorers, and Penner who has kept up with the other two. No one writes articles about how consistent and spread out Boston’s scoring is. It’s always “this person hasn’t scored in … days”. or “this person is slumping because he only has … goals on the month”.

    If these players all scored every game Boston would be winning every game 7-2, 10-3. Its just not realistic. The system year after year has created five to six 20+ goal scorers, instead of one to two 30+ goal scorers, yet we still have a great goals-for rating every year.

    By the way, Matt Kalman wrote that article on NHL.com a day before Joe did.

    • c9castine - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      Yeah i mean you have a point to an extent but when you have a guy eating up 6 million dollars in cap space, you have to produce. to put that into context for you, (since you brought up the Pens) Chris Kunitz and his 13 goals and 26 points and makes 3.8 million. and you won’t convince me Iginla brings intangibles that Kunitz doesn’t because I saw Iginla play first hand. He is as advertised, but in a diminished capacity at this point in his career.

      This is why the Pens didn’t sign him but instead made sure to lock up guys like Duper, and Kunitz and then go for depth players. Even James Neal makes less that 6 mil a year and he seems to score at will sometimes. Especially in a tight cap year, Boston made a mistake here. Simple as that.

      The Pens are a bit of a bad example also, everybody knows they are underachieving offensively right now.

      He is on pace for less than 20 goals. You can convince yourself it doesn’t matter, or its ok for a 6 million dollar player to do that because of who he is and the team is doing good, but this is a business and thats not gonna fly.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        Oh, believe me, and I understand what you’re saying completely to. You’ll never convince me half the league has intangibles that Kunitz has. If I had any pull at all in this world I would be forcing team Canada to put them on their roster. I know Pittsburg isn’t achieving to their greatest level, but I’m just making the point that neither is Boston. But its o.k. It always has been with Boston. The system as a whole doesn’t usually allow for someone to go off in scoring. My larger point is the whole “from a distance” perspective that I think people get when they look at Boston’s scoring when you see the top guy only has 9 goals. I literally chose two random teams that I know people look at as offensive threats to use a comparison.

        My only other point is, as sure as the sun will come up tomorrow, Iginla will score. If at the end of the year his numbers are so skewed that he was an anchor, than a.) we can all write articles then, and b.)we won’t owe him another 500k off the books for next year.

      • drewzducks - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        So let me get this straight. The Pens are a bad example cuz “EVERYONE knows they’re underachieving offensively right now” so let’s get back to criticize a player ( a sure fire HoF’er, though who admittedly is on the 17th/18th hole of his career) who is underachieving offensively right now. Makes sense I guess from a Pens fan’s point of view.

      • c9castine - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:56 PM

        they are a bad example because with law of averages, if you will, the Pens will be back at the top by the end of the year. Boston however is doing what they always do, score by committee.

        anyway being a pens fan has nothing to do with it and I’m not even criticizing the player and i don’t care if he’s a hall of famed. thats exactly what i mean. I’ve been an Iginla fan since 1999, 2nd jersey I ever bought. but he’s not VALUABLE right now. thats not as much his fault as it is the GM who payed too much for what he’s going to get.

      • gallyhatch - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        The Pens are a bad example because they have the 3rd highest payroll in the NHL. They couldn’t have offered Iginla a contract even if they wanted to. They would not have been able to make it work.

        Iginla brings a veteran presence to a team that lost Recchi & Ference over the last couple of seasons and are in need of another leader in the clubhouse. They have the available cap space, and worst case scenario, they spend 1.5 million on a positive hall of famer presence in their locker room.

        If it’s not about individual accolades, let’s look at the points his line is putting up. One minute you’re talking about how Chiarelli got caught up in the Stanley Cup Finals and made a mistake signing, in another comment you talk about waiting 70 games to make a decision. Which one is it?

        Talk all the $hit you want about Peter Chiarelli, but considering the team cap situations, one can argue he’s doing as good a job, or even better than Ray Shero.

        As a Bruins fan, I’m quite fine with the Iginla signing. As a Penguins fan it would appear you are not. . . . . . . . .

    • peterjohnjoseph - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      I just want to clarify, I meant that Pittsburgh has two of the top leaders in points, and another in the running with Kunitz. Still, its production that when looked at from a distance makes it look like the Bruins couldn’t possibly have as many goals on the year, when their top goal scorer in Lucic only has 9. If anything shouldn’t that statistic alone by article worthy?-That a top team in the league can get production from all of its depth instead of focusing on one player that has gone a game without a goal?

      • c9castine - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        like i said man i agree boston scores by committee they really always have. teams that do that are always competitive. i guess thats a common perception but like i said when i saw a team with a lot of moderately high scorers, that should mean a pretty high total.

        but thats not really the issue. the issue is Iginla’s value. He’s not on down times. He may score more but id be schocked if he hit 25. not good enough for the investment

      • peterjohnjoseph - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:56 PM

        I just want to make sure of one thing- you do realize Iginla is only costing us 1.5 mil this year only gets 6 mil if he scores more than 20, and Boston makes the playoffs.

        If we make the playoffs and he scores more than 20, I would think for 1.5 mil on this years cap is worth it. Next years cap absolutely will be going up. You can put the other 4.5 mil (if he earns that much) on next years team and I’d say Peter did pretty well for himself.

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      Don’t bother, that moron Haggerty doesn’t know a thing about hockey

  2. c9castine - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    I mean, what would you say if this was 2003 and he was making 6 million dollars and had scored 5 goals in 25 games and was a top 6 winger on your team?

    Perceptions of how a player should perform can change, but they really haven’t in this case. Not when your making that kind of money, playing a top line role and were brought here to among other things, produce. Iginla would fit in this league as a leader and power play/versatile forward coming from the 3rd line, with some probably 2nd line time from injuries/just mixing it up.

    Chiarelli and Boston in general got a little caught up I think in sweeping Pittsburgh and then having Iginla come sign with them . Fact of it is, Iginla would have stayed had we actually offered him a contract. And it led to a bad decision by an otherwise savvy GM. Good thing it is just 1 year. A lesser GM would have given him 3.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      If this was 2003, a 36 year old with limited production a year before wouldn’t of got 6 million. We just had an off season we’re people like David Clarkson are getting 7 mil contracts. If Peter had any thought that Iginla was supposed to be the Iginla of old he wouldn’t of even flirted with performance based incentives. Granted I still believe he’ll hit the 20 goals. He’s always been a slow starter. This was out of necessity. I can argue Alfredsson was our main target. Iginla was left overs at that point. Our cap space left us few options. We made a great contract that allowed us to put most of the cap hit on next years team.

      By the way, I apologize for the 30 spelling errors I’ve found. I’m typing fast. These replies never make sense if 2 other people have replied before I got the chance to.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:40 PM

        Like “we’re” instead of “where”. Wow. I also caught a “to” instead of “too” a few replies ago. Thats not like me. All of my arguments should be null and void right now. Sorry guys.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        Also, I’m not the one that just thumbed down all your posts and thumbed up mine. I honestly felt the need to write yet another reply to clarify that. I actually respect the points you’ve made, and I’m sure half the people on this board would.

  3. dropthepuckeh - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I find it hard to fault anything right now when the Bruins are in first place in the conference and he still isn’t scoring as much as he might/ could. He clearly fits in well on the team, plays hard and is hard to play against. 2011 is a great example of the importance of chemistry. Let’s see how this plays out.

    As for Chiarelli and Boston getting ahead of themselves by signing him, the only conclusive results we have right now are that the Bruins swept the Penguins. They don’t give out awards for mid-season performance and even if they did, the Bruins would be ahead of Pit again. I’m pretty sure the Bruins could not care less about individual accolades. They want the team to win.

    Don’t rewrite history yet c9castine….

    • c9castine - Nov 30, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      conclusive results from….last year. as the fan of a team that actually wins cups, you should know like i do that every year is a reset, doesn’t matter who’s still there.

      besides, you signed a player you beat. not sure how that proves anything. kinda counter intuitive actually.

      its not about mid season awards or individual accolades or the pens vs. bruins. but like i said, you can all convince your selves otherwise and well see where things are at game 70.

  4. flyerspsu - Nov 30, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    the vegas odds had him at 66.5 points this year … i think its safe to say i made the right choice putting $60 on the under

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      You never know he’s an extremely streaky player, and he’s likely to go on a big run at some point (he’s usually very good in December) before cooling off for 10 games and then getting hot again for another 10. That’s the way it’s been the last 3-4 years here in Calgary, he’s gotten his goals and points but not in a steady fashion.

  5. nostredummass - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    This argument about the Bruins always makes me laugh. The Bruins win. Why? Because they’re one of the most defensively responsible teams in the league. How does a team win? By scoring more goals than the other guy….obviously. If you hold other teams to less than 2 goals/game then you only have to score 3. The way I read Iginla’s attitude I think he’s totally thrilled to be with the Bruins for several reasons. In Calgary he was expected to be “the guy” EVERY game he played. I suppose that’s cool when you’re 20 something with dreams of glory and fame. Now Iggy is one cog in a powerful hockey machine. And he’s discovering his “other” skills have quite a lot of value…especially to his teammates. He’s fantastic on the boards, not as great at possession as say Jagr…but he’s a checker, a hitter, a fighter and a shooter. In EVERY way a Bruin. There’s no room on this team for ANY guy who’s soft on the puck (just ask a guy named Seguin). This system exists ONLY if everyone is buying in. One of the sacrifices players make is in knowing that if you take care of your own end first, you…individually…will probably be sacrificing individual scoring success….to some extent or other. (I wouldn’t be surprised if THIS played into Iggy’s decision to ditch the B’s last year). REAL hockey fans (or football, baseball…) KNOW that defense is as exciting and elegant as offense. (I still can’t believe that series against the Pengins last year isn’t enshrined in EVERY B-fans mind forever!!!) Bruins players KNOW that if they sacrifice personal glory for the system, success (CUP) is a VERY real possibility. Bruins fans know that a team that rolls 4 lines, forechecks, backchecks and does all the little things that bore the heck out of the uninformed…has ALREADY given them a CUP….and may do so again real soon. So DUDE…GET WITH THE SYSTEM.

  6. bonzopookie - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    screw Iginla and screw all the Bruins gay little fake fans!!!! Try rooting for the goddamn Columbus Blue Jackets for 13 years…that is real fan loyalty. Boston fans are fake. They cry about being victimized all the time. I hope NY eats away at their ball sack for years to come!! Fukk em all!!@!@!

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