Trouble Bruin? Iginla to meet with other teams

Jun 26, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT

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Jarome Iginla and the Boston Bruins want to stay together. But the relationship has some issues and, as such, it appears time to start seeing other people.

That’s the gist of today’s news as Iginla’s agent, Don Meehan, confirmed to Sportsnet that his client will be meeting with teams other than the Bruins in the coming days. This development comes as the Bruins try to navigate themselves out of a nightmarish salary cap situation; they’re carrying $4.75 million in overage bonuses charges from last season — most of which ($3.95M) was paid to Iginla — leaving them with roughly $7-$8 million in available cap space with just 17 players under contract, nine of which are forwards.

GM Peter Chiarelli has acknowledged the team’s cap crunch and has said he’ll do what he can to retain Iginla. The soon-to-be 37-year-old had a great year in Boston last year — his first as a Bruin — leading the team with 30 goals as the perfect replacement for Nathan Horton on a line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic (aka the “KIL” line).

One thing Chiarelli won’t do, however, is utilize one of the team’s two remaining compliance buyouts to clear space. He confirmed as much last week, leading to speculation a trade of a veteran player could be in the works. Chiarelli further stoked those flames by not ruling out the idea and, in a related rumor, there are rumblings that Johnny Boychuk could be traded.

As for who Iginla might be speaking to? Meehan wouldn’t confirm, but it’s safe to think he’d only be interesting in joining a team contending for the Cup, given it’s one of the few accolades missing from his decorated resume.

1. 4thquartermagic - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:24 PM

I see what you did there.

• 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Hope Halford and the guys know they only get to use that one once per offseason.

2. jcmeyer10 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:24 PM

I mean, everyone and their mother knows what the Bruins can do in terms of compensation. If Iggy thinks he’s worth more, then it will be tough for the B’s.

3. dboldave - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:28 PM

I don’t think his agent would be doing his job if he didn’t entertain offers from other teams. I mean unless the Bruins blow him out of the water with an offer, you’d be dumb not to.

4. flyerspsu - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:34 PM

5. jpelle82 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:32 PM

so is it all about the  for him or all about winning one? guess we will find out soon enough. I don’t see how a guy with his career and compensation history could possibly still need money over a Stanley cup but who knows. he doesn’t seem like the kind to piss away millions on cars and strippers though. if he really loved boston and/or wanted to win a cup we wouldn’t be seeing these headlines, he would’ve re-signed by now at a discounted rate.

6. lordfletcher - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Would take him over Vanek in MN all day. Shorter term and cheaper for potentially similar points, yet better overal skater.

7. luz56 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Great talent years ago… Does lots for community but a real Ahole in the dressing room…thought Pittsburgh were going to win and killed the flames trade to Boston… Signed in Boston thinking they were going to be winners … Now who the heck knows at his age and he’s got lots of money the big question is …..

8. iamcanadian87 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Welcome back to Pittsburgh, Iggy

• 6superbowls - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:03 PM

No thank you. His career in Pittsburgh was brief and unproductive.

• 19to77 - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:04 PM

One day, Pittsburgh fans will realize the salary cap exists. One day, their management might even figure it out too, and stop throwing \$7m+ contracts at the likes of Kris f–king Letang.

9. shaundre93 - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I’m not convinced the B’s can’t replace him from within. I would much rather gamble on one of Smith, Eriksson, Spooner, Khokolachev or even a dark horse like Knight or Griffith to replace that production on the top line than hand Iggy the money he wants and move a core piece like Boychuk. If you can dump Kelly and use that money, great. If not, time to start relying on those players that we’ve heard are “almost ready” for about 18 months now. Look at how the kings have had guys like Toffili, Pearson and going further back Muzzin, Voynov, King etc take on larger roles while on elc’s. That’s what it takes in the cap era

• shutton83 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:48 AM

I agree with you about Boychuck, moving him now would be a mistake, I’d much rather see them move Mcquaid who in my mind can be replaced by Miller if he’s able to solve some possession issues. The one thing I think the Bruins could replace is the chemistry Iginla has with Lucic & Krecji on that top line, when that line was rolling combined with the Bergy line the N’s were hard to stop. I think Spooner and Khoc could one day have the goal scoring abilities to replace Iginla but not now, if we lose Iginla I’d be hard pressed to think of someone ready to be an adequate replacement on the top lime, let alone to be able to get the chemistry going.

10. charastein - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Dump Kelly, sign Iginla.

Kelly’s useless. Greg Campbell is better and more deserving of ice time. Paille as well.

Iginla did well in Boston, they need to make it happen and not jerk the guy around.

• spitfisher - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:02 PM

You can’t just dump kelly, why because you would still have that money going against the cap, no one in their right mind will “take him” at 3mill for the next two years. You’ll have to package him with a talented player or two.

• shutton83 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:53 AM

Don’t think they should dump Paille, he has great up ice speed to pair with Campbell, if they could package Mcquaid and Kelly somewhere in mind would be the best overall outcome. Also with Kelly gone we give Krecji the second “A” full time which he deserves *this years playoffs with standing”. Only problem I see with a Kelly/McQuaid trade would be the injury concerns but if there is a deal to be made to maybe Toronto or The Isles, I say pull the trigger.

11. rsmaggiemae - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Fletcher
You would take this guy over Vanek??
This man has no credibility as he broke his word to Boston the first time around remember
when he wanted to win the cup on a winning team
I would not trust him at all
a man who breaks his word cant be trusted at all I know boston wants the cup again, but i would have never taken him back for this past season… not after what he did
I could not stand to watch him play for the bruins with that smirk on his face
\it amazed me how the fans accecpted him back, what a shame
let him move on to another team, and please not the Wild. I dont want anyone like him on any team that I buy season tickets to

• lordfletcher - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:26 AM

Do you know exactly what the player / agent / team want. So many variables. And no way of exactly knowing what happened in the past.

Iggy has earned his dues. He has every right to do what he has as a free agent or signed w a full ntc.

12. icrew29 - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:44 AM

This guy is a whore.

13. kmo25 - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Let him walk. Who cares? He’s 37! Take the money and make a trade for a younger goal scorer.

14. garrison1981 - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Detroit!?!

15. rsmaggiemae - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Fletcher
I didnt say he couldnt do want he wanted to do but I just dont like a man who breaks his word he has no credibility thats what I said
I dont want him as a Wild player
due to that fact only not his play nothing else just what he did to Boston and Chirelli found out at midnight from his kids that Iginla signed with the Pens what a arse