Apr 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Boston Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla (12) celebrates his overtime goal against the Detroit Red Wings in game four of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Boston won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Jarome Iginla Starts Working Towards New Deal With Bruins

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.

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  • Willy

    Assuming that it’s Peter Chiarelli that makes up the contracts and given his track record I doubt he’ll low ball anyone, guy gives out huge dollars w/o even thinking about it, it would seem. I’m hoping he uses common sense when making a deal for/with Iggy. They need to have some money for other moves.

    • Duncan Day

      Due their cap situation, I think a lowball (less than other teams would dish out) may be in the cards, even with Chiarelli at the helm. Because I don’t think they’re going do the same incentive, performance-based thing with Iginla, putting some of the money owed until the next year. That was a solid portion of the signing last year.

      But ya, I too would want some money for someone other than Iginla, and given the fact you have teams with upwards of $27 to $30 million in space, it wouldn’t be surprising if Iginla got offered more money at a worse team.

      • Willy