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Bruins GM talks backup plans if Iginla leaves

Jun 28, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins aren’t ruling out the possibility of Jarome Iginla coming back for a second season, but they’re also putting together a gameplan in case he finds the kind of deal he’s looking for.

For one thing, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli believes that Loui Eriksson could slide into Iginla’s spot on the top line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci, reports.

“I have to hedge in case we don’t sign Jarome,” Chiarelli said. “I have no problem if we have to put Loui on that top line. He’s played on top lines before and he’s played with the Sedins in the Olympics, and he was terrific. He’s better suited for an upper line. If that’s what we have to do then we’ll do it. I’m trying to be patient with this because I really feel at one point there’s going to be a player that will fit, and want to come here.”

How would Eriksson fit in?

Eriksson would be an interesting choice. The 28-year-old indeed ran shotgun with Jamie Benn for years in Dallas, often earning recognition as one of the NHL’s most underrated wingers during his time with the Stars. His two-way play could make him a hit in Boston – particularly with head coach Claude Julien – if he can avoid the kind of injury troubles that plagued his debut season with the B’s.

It would be a chance of pace, though. Lucic and Krejci have been rolling with big-bodied wingers who possessed big right-handed shots in Iginla and Nathan Horton before him. Eriksson’s not tiny by any stretch, yet he’s a left-handed winger whose style is more finesse-based.

Waiting game

There’s always the possibility that the Bruins add a forward in free agency, although Chiarelli made it clear that he’s “not going to go out hard to find a replacement for two reasons: the annual cost and the term.”

Term is the main sticking point with Iginla, as the Bruins would prefer to replicate the one-year, incentive-laden deal they gave the 36-year-old last time around.

If he finds that term somewhere else, it doesn’t sound like Boston will be scrambling for answers.

  1. bleedrangerblue - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Charas done. Sucks

    • shaundre93 - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      Hank lost his only chance for a cup. Sucks

      • billiam55 - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        idk about that hes got 7 more years on his contract.

    • lordstanley65 - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      And just what the hell has that to do with this article?

  2. nunan - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    You suck. Done

  3. jcmeyer10 - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Anddddd that’s all she wrote. He’s gone. Chia Pet plays the game and he is getting the fans ready to go on without him.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      I wonder if they’ll have a tv series to placate the move for the pink hats

      • jcmeyer10 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        Hopefully, rumor has it pink hat dollars are worth just as much as die hard fan dollars.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        They must be worth more because no one at the Garden watches or has a clue about hockey. It used to only be the loge where you’d here people complain about linemen not calling penalties or hand passes in the defensive zone, now it’s everywhere.

  4. milkmemalkin - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    I bet Iginla returns to Pittsburgh. After all, he does want to win a Stanley Cup.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      You rival Hard On For Harden for creepiest name even though you are just a troll.

    • pete387 - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      Yeah, cause it worked out so well the first time in Pittsburgh.

      • charastein - Jun 29, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Yeah, they got run over by the team he went to the following season. Iggy’s not a dummy. Why join a team that got b-slapped?

  5. davidsmj22 - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    If he wants that cup then Pitt isn’t for him. Tried it once and they let him down and they’ll continue to do the same. Cindy can’t help him.

  6. joeman26 - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    if no Jarome Iginla then they will have to use these 5 players is a couple of packages to bring back a forward and a D-man ….


    • bruins18 - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:52 PM


  7. joeman26 - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    it’s a must to clear cap space…for the SC run next year or next offseason so they would be able to add players where needed and keep their core

  8. billiam55 - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    well hes not coming back. cap space wont let him. they should have never traded away seguin btw.

  9. mrhyperpants - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    No cup for Jarome. If your that desperate for a cup. He could always drop his salary for the season. Give a little to get a little.

  10. charastein - Jun 29, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    The Bruins should offer him a two year deal. Cap friendly number on the first season and a good pay raise the second one. By then, the younger Bruins will have another season under their belt and then they can let loose one or two of the vets.

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