Bruins and Jarome Iginla Have Started Talks
Per a TVA Sports report, the Boston Bruins and Jarome Iginla‘s agent Don Meehan have begun working to see that the further Hall-of-Famer remains in Boston before turning into a unrestricted free agent on July 1, the date NHL free agency opens.
Iginla became one of the Bruins most prized players this season, namely from a production standpoint, as the ex-Pittsburgh Penguin led the Bruins in goals and neared the top of his team’s point total.
And Peter Chiarelli, in the midst of a interesting salary cap situation where the B’s have about $9 million of space, moving players is definitely an option. Iginla, despite his excellent play with the Black and Gold, presents a viable choice to send elsewhere, taking into account what type of money he could cost.
His performance bonuses from his agreement last year will count against 2014-15 cap, and since the Bruins currently have to fill a quarter of their roster, a new contract won’t be a simple task with a player like Iginla. Yet, one could argue that it really depends on Iginla’s desire to play another season in Beantown, which idea the 36-year-old positively expressed in May.
“I hope to be able to come back,” Jarome Iginla said, via NESN’s Mike Cole. “It’s something that hopefully there’s a deal there for everyone. But I know the Bruins got to look at what they want to do, but I really enjoyed it. I hope that there’s something that can be worked out there because I think it’s a team that has as good of a shot as any to win.”
The Bruins will likely try to lowball Iginla, so his monetary priorities could really determine the completion of a potential contract.