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Bruins want to re-sign Iginla, but must wait

Mar 31, 2014, 10:32 AM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 18: Jarome Iginla #12 of the Boston Bruins in action against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 18, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. The Bruins defeated the Devils 4-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Getty Images

It seems it’s a matter of when — not if — Jarome Iginla re-ups with the Boston Bruins.

The 36-year-old veteran, signed to a one-year deal last summer and currently leading the team in goals, has reportedly had preliminary discussions with GM Peter Chiarelli for a new contract, but is required to wait until just before July 1st to make any signing official.

Here’s more, from the Boston Herald:

“It’s a function of cap space and ongoing multiple-year contracts,” Chiarelli said before his team’s 4-3 shootout win against the Flyers. “So it would have to wait ’til a minute after free agency begins (July 1). It’s an anti-inflationary thing. Basically it restricts you from going overboard on your future contracts. It prevents you from spending money you haven’t got.”

The B’s have $62.579 million committed for 2014-15, but the salary cap is expected to rise to just more than $70 million. Money will be tight, but getting Iginla re-signed is a priority for Chiarelli.

“He’s been terrific for us,” Chiarelli said. “He’s a veteran guy, he plays our brand of hockey and he fits in seamlessly with that first line. He’s been everything we thought he’d be — everything and more. I know Looch (Milan Lucic) and Krech (David Krejci) look up to him. There’s a good synergy on that line.”

Iginla signed an incentive-laden deal with the B’s last summer — his base salary is $1.8 million and, according to CapGeek, and he’s earned $3.7 million of a potential $4.2 million in performances bonuses. He could earn up to another $500,000 if the Bruins win the Stanley Cup.

The former Flames captain has been arguably the best free agent signing from last year’s class. Over the weekend, Iginla hit the 30-goal plateau, becoming just the 19th player in NHL history to score 30 at the age of 36 or older. What’s more, Iginla also tied Hockey Hall of Famer Guy LaFleur on the all-time scoring list, with 560 career tallies.


  1. dolanster - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    I think he deserves that Cup and the full $6M. Go Iggy. Go Bruins!

  2. toiletclown - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Too bad he wont get the cup

    • amerika1313 - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      If you already know what’s going to happen in the playoffs, why the heck are you wasting time posting comments here? Go to Vegas and place some bets, man! Don’t you remember Biff Tannen from Back to the Future Part II?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      He’s got a far better chance than he did with your favorite team.

      • toiletclown - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        And an even better chance than your favorite team

  3. slaugin - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Luckily he’s the only big money player the Bruins have to worry about this year in FA

  4. jpelle82 - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    dont think he’s going anywhere and if it came down to it i’d bet he would take a paycut to stay if the bruins continue on their current path. not that they would need to ask him to at this point but just saying i think he likes it there well enough to do it. and he’s got a fairly clear path to the conference finals with the bruins for the next couple years in my opinion.

  5. slaugin - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    I loved Nathan Horton but he would disappear in the Reg season. Iginla doesn’t take 1 shift off the whole year, I can’t wait to see him take it to the nest level in the playoffs

    • pastabelly - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      I like Horton too. He was a big part on the 2011 Cup team. Given his concussion history and lack of a desire to be in Boston long term, this one worked out for the best. Iginla has fit in well with Krecji and Lucic. I’d love to see him back for a couple of years.

  6. theblakfox - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Iggy fit in perfectly. Hope he stays for sure.

  7. hockeyflow33 - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    This is a marriage made in heaven.

  8. sixchr - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    I don’t know if Iginla would return if the Bruins win the Cup but I freaking hope he would. The fit couldn’t have been more perfect and just watching him every night it’s clear why the fans in Calgary loved the guy.

  9. flyinhighwithvick - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    He should give some money back after that butt-whopping he took from Zac Rinaldo.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      i was just as disappointed as you that there was no article about that fight but this is not a very good attempt at bringing it up…nice try though

      • flyinhighwithvick - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        I disagree….I thought my attempt was splendid.

  10. therealjr - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Nice attempted ruse. Of course they can sign him; Chicago already has $68M on the cap for next year.

  11. lordstanley65 - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    I hope he doesn’t disappear back to Calgary when we win the Cup.

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