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Jarome Iginla will test free agent market

Jul 1, 2014, 1:20 AM EDT

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Jarome Iginla could be on the move again. Or, maybe not.

The 37-year-old winger, with 560 goals in 1,310 regular season games, is about to test the free agent market, according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.

Iginla is coming off a solid season with the Boston Bruins. Despite his age and a slow start, he erupted for 30 goals on a Boston team that went on to win the Presidents’ Trophy as the league’s best regular season team.

His one-year deal, with an annual average salary of $6 million, as per Capgeek.com, is set to expire, making him an unrestricted free agent. The signing period for NHL free agency begins Tuesday, and we can’t wait.

There was a report around June 10 that the Bruins and Iginla had entered contract talks, although nothing really materialized from those. In fact, Iginla began meeting with other teams during the wooing period that began last week.

The Bruins and general manager Peter Chiarelli have gone on record as stating they’d like to re-sign Iginla. However, with the salary cap at $69 million, the Bruins are closing in on that mark, only about $1.6 million below it. Again, that’s according to Capgeek.com.

In terms of length of a contract, it appears Iginla is willing to be flexible, at least for the Bruins.

  1. pmonte3122 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    Buffalo if he doesn’t want to go to a contender. They have a ton of cap space.

    • c9castine - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:57 AM

      why the f would he want to do that

    • avscup - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:51 AM

      Because every future HOF in the twilight of his career searching for a cup to hold would want that!

    • timmyp716 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      Iginla is still too good to settle for buffalo at this point in his career. He still has value to teams that can compete this year. I would imagine he would go to a team that is young but in the playoffs this past season or just missed. Most likely a team like Dallas, Colorado, or Columbus with Washington being a wild card

  2. pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    6 mil is not bad for Iginla… i know he will be picky as to where he goes but for the price he definitely is the hardest working guy and for his age i cant see any other free agent above 30 recording more points that Igy. He would fit in on just about any team with any one. He has grit, can snipe, can set you up, he can skate. He is the total package, If Minnesota has the cap i wouldn’t be surprised to see him land there or even a team like Anehiem. You could have perry and getzlaf on the first line and a second line of Kessler and Iginla…. Sounds pretty nasty to me. They have good depth i just am not aware of their cap space. With hiller gone i would imagine they could find space for iginla

    • skoivu10 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:05 AM

      After we sign our RFA’s, Anaheim will have around 8-9 million free.

  3. c9castine - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    minnesota, colorado, anaheim are all teams i see as possible beside boston.

    this is pretty random thought to put down here but it amazes me san jose hasnt done more to free up cap space coming into free agency for a team that said they were rebuilding.

    • pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:02 AM

      San Jose is a lost cause… i think they want all speed. Thats why Thorton doesnt fit their system anymore…. Everything is done off the rush and skating circles around the offensive zone. Nothing wrong with that style but it limits them as to who would fit there. A guy like Camaleri would be perfect for San Jose

      • c9castine - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:05 AM

        i mean they have 11 mil but youd have thought they would have changed the makeup of the team a bit more by now. i cant understand that team.

      • pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:09 AM

        Yeah idk man… i am sure something will happen. They definitely are sour about last season and want to get right back. Maybe is just the amount of free agents and the amount of offers they are getting. San Jose isnt the only team with cap space. I know the Devils have over 13 mil in open space.

    • lordfletcher - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      I don’t see iggy going to Colorado but I could be wrong. To me its Boston, Anaheim or Minnesota. I think Boston is his best fit for obvious reasons and Anaheim looks great on paper right now and MN isn’t far behind but will offer him the best two year deal and $

      This Wild fan is hoping for iggy over Vanek… Its headache time in a few hours… Will have to go home “sick” and have a few beers

  4. pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:04 AM

    and i didnt even think about it but you are right… Colorado is a spot where he possibly could go. they also have the cap space giving stastny was offered 6 million. Iginla and MacKinnon would be a crazy 2nd line.

  5. 950003cups - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    Welcome to NJ Jerome! Home of the Long Term Contracts For Old Folks.

    • pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:59 AM

      your an idiot….

      • scout202sport - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:38 AM

        *You’re

  6. pmonte3122 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:53 AM

    Why? I’ll tell you. $$$$$$$$

  7. blomfeld - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    IGINLA = QUALITY !

    I’ll never forget 2002 in SLC, just as I’ll never forget that night here in Vancouver when Jarome led his Calgarian comrades onto the ice (post game) in-order to pay tribute to Trevor Linden upon his glorious retirement. Wherever Iginla lands, may joy and victory be his ! … today, tomorrow and forever ! :)

    • nflnhlrulznbasux - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:58 AM

      I love Iggy…but I dislike you more
      thumbs down!

  8. leafs2013 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:52 AM

    Anaheim owners do not want to spend to the cap.

  9. mz1394 - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    People who write buffalo are hilarious the cap space doesn’t matter players DO NOT WANT TO GO THERE

    • timmyp716 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      I know I’m going to take a lot of crap for this but being from Buffalo I’ve realized over the past 27-30 years a lot of people here are very optimistic and/or delusional here about the Sabres and Bills. Hell most Sabres fans here we’re/are still thinking Vanek, Pominville, and Miller were going to win us a cup

      • timmyp716 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        were*

  10. desertfan - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:52 AM

    Welcome to the Canucks for 2 X $6M Iggy.

  11. mnjoemama - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    He’s coming to the wild ! 2year deal w vankek and willie Mitchell . Get ready for a dynasty ….. Skol wild

    • lordfletcher - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      Anything but Mitchell. How many 37 year olds do you want on this team?

      Its iggy or vanek… Wild pulled out of Niskanen bidding war once his agent said 7 year deal.

  12. hockey412 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    In theory he’d have a good shot at the cup if Boston did the same thing this year with the bonus-driven deal…they’d have to pay the piper eventually but the cap will keep going up, making that easier. But honestly the guy is a HOF player and deserves more than the one year dick-around contracts as if they guy is somehow on a probationary period. He’ll get what he deserves.

    • hockey412 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:06 AM

      *the guy

      Not they guy.

  13. titansbro - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    The Bruins wouldn’t be in cap jail if they weren’t so worried about locking up 3rd & 4th line players to long term deals. Thanks Chiarelli. Amazing how well this team does considering his draft skills are virtually non-existent & he’s giving $3M per to guys like Chris freaking Kelly.

    • rje49 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      Nothing wrong about Chris Kelly as for what he does; he’s a very good penalty killer. But yeah, maybe not 3 million bucks worth.

  14. theageofquarrel - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Change the headline to: Iginla wants to Jagr himself out to the league.

    • hockey412 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      And add: And the league really wants him to as well.

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