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Add Minnesota to chase for Jarome Iginla

Jun 29, 2014, 2:09 PM EST

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If Jarome Iginla doesn’t re-sign with the Boston Bruins, he’s got another team hot after him.

Michael Russo of The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Wild have expressed an interest in the soon-to-be 37-year-old right wing.

Before Wild fans start getting excited about seeing the guy that used to routinely kill their favorite team becoming one of them, it should be known Iginla’s desire is to stay in Boston. The problem with that is the Bruins have salary cap issues and a few key restricted free agents to get re-signed.

With the Bruins in cap hell, that means Iginla could be on the move elsewhere and despite his age, he proved last season he’s still got it scoring 30 goals with 61 points.

If the Wild were to add Iginla, it would give them a talented veteran presence on a team bursting with young talent. Having him there to help everyone learn the ropes and trying to get deeper into the NHL playoffs would be a huge lift.

Of course, the Wild aren’t alone in showing interest. The Detroit Red Wings, among others, have also expressed interest in Iginla.

  1. spitfisher - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    BREAKING NEWS Iginla signs with team Spitfisher.

    The only problem is Minnisota and team Spitfisher ARE NOT going to win the Stanley Cup for Jerome. This article is not news worthy regarding the Jerome’s passion for signing on a likely Stanley cup winning team.

    • chief361 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      kind of like the last two teams iginla signed for both won the cup or what? granted he may have a better chance at winning one with the b’s than with the wild, but there are 30 teams fighting for it and 29 will lose. i have a feeling the b’s will free p the cap space to re-sign him but why wouldn’t he look around in the meantime?

  2. joeman26 - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    B’s losing JI & ST will take toughness away from he team…they are probably going to have to put a package together in a trade to get a first winger

    • sixchr - Jun 29, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      They’ll slide Eriksson up and hope he produces like he did in Dallas and last year was affected by concussions.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Trade Chara for Oshi.

      • pastabelly - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        Why?

  3. mshantz22 - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Is there any top-6 forward that Minnesota isn’t interested in? You would think after signing Parise, and acquiring Pominville and Moulson they’d be satisfied and go after some depth forwards.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Clearly you do not know much about the Wild and their roster

      They need goals, aka goal scorers. Iginla is one and yes that means they are interested in signing him. Wild have plenty of depth, easily not an issue for them anymore since Fletchers arrival. A big need is a 30+G LW/RW

    • spitfisher - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Or some decent goaltending and defensive players.

      • cjvirnig - Jun 29, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        Ryan Suter is the best defenseman in the game. He’s not good enough for you?

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 29, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        Kumper had a good year till hurt. Bryz did better than expected as an emergancy fill in. If Josh Harding cane come back, even as a backup, goalie is not their need.

        Defense? Wild were #7 is low GAA.

        Offense? 26th is GFA.

        Hmmm, looks like objectively, their biggest need is more scoring.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 29, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Moulson is likely going to walk. He didn’t do much for the Wild in the playoffs. What makes this potential signing interesting is the GMCF has made it clear that while the Wild have plenty of cap space, they’ll be using a lot of it up next year to sign Coyle, Granlund, Brodin, Haula, and Scandella to contracts. The only way they’d sign some big name player is it they’d be willing to take a 1 year contract. That’s why guys like Vanek are not a shoo-in for signing here, even if they wanted to, simply because they’d want long-term contracts. Chances are they’ll go for some depth players but bigger names are not likely.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 29, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        And should be re-signed

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        You’re actually looking at this year and next as I read again. Surprised you left out Niederreiter, who’s up this year, along with Fontaine, Prosser, Stoner and Zucker. Some may be expendable, some would not cost a lot to re-sign, but it all has to be considered.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:51 AM

        I can see them re-signing Neenerneener, Stoner, and Zucker but I’m not sure about Fontaine or Prosser. Then again, it probably wouldn’t cost them too much to sign all 5 of them. As a whole, they might get 2/3rds per year what Heatley did.

  4. 19to77 - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    > Minnesota
    > Literally any free agent
    > “Hey, so, wanna play for the Wild?”

    Hang on, let me go find that surprised-face mask I use to pretend I’m surprised by things that aren’t in any way surprising.

  5. sixchr - Jun 29, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    My recommendation to Iginla right now would probably be Detroit. I love him and I would love to see him stay in Boston but I really just don’t see it happening. I think he has a better shot with Detroit than Minnesota. I want to see him win a Cup.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      Hugh? Minnesota was not only a stronger team last year – 5 more points and a much harder strength of schedule (#3) playing in the toughest division of the tougher conference, vs. the Wings (#19) playing in the weakest division of the weaker conference. I think Wild, as a team on the rise has a better chance of not only making the playoffs, but especially getting past round 1.

      If he wants to be playing deep into the playoffs, Boston or Minn would be much more likely.

  6. 4everwingsfan - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Welcome aboard.

  7. bucfanforlife - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    armie of the blues needs to call his agent and see what he is looking for he could give them the lift gabby gave the kings

  8. rsmaggiemae - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    The Wild need big bodies who can score thier average per game was 2.4 goals and thats not going to win the cup nowadays
    But I just dont want Iginla in Minnesota
    How could I possibly cheer a guy who gave his word to Chiarelli of the Bruins that he was coming to Boston and then signs with the Penquins, and Chiarelli found out from his kids who were watching tv at midnight that Iginla had changed his mind….
    I know its business but I dont personally think much of someone who goes back on thier word
    in anything in life…once you make a committment via handshake or written then the deal is done no backing out and not doing it this way behind someones back

    • avscup - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      seems like you are a little too emotional about that eh? Even Chiarelli got over it! Perhaps you don’t know the whole story?

      • lordfletcher - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        Agree with avscup for once ;)

      • avscup - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        Thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰

        I actually love MN and respect the Wild. I’m a Minnesotan. Spent plenty of time at Fletcher’s!

      • lordfletcher - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:47 PM

        I thought I remember you saying you were from here, played at academy or something like that.

        Cheers amigo. You I have enjoyed the most of all posters here with playoff banter / random trash talk. All in good fun

  9. mornelithe - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Given how long he’s been in the NHL and in the twilight of his career, I’d imagine he’d be willing to sacrifice a bit in pay if he thought he was going to a cup contender.

  10. purpleguy - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Word has it that Boston is his clear #1 choice, but there’s the cap issue. If Vanek won’t take a 3 year deal, Iginla is an option. Iginla’s wife’s sister actually lives here (married to that channel 9 weather dude), so that may have some influence.

  11. garrison1981 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:44 AM

    Detroit is where he should go!

  12. mnjoemama - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    I feel sorry for spitfishers mother ! Skol wild

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