His “C” is gone, left behind in Calgary with his old Flames sweater. Jarome Iginla will begin the upcoming NHL season as just another player — albeit one with Hall of Fame credentials slated for the Bruins top line.
That could yield problems for a team less confident in its leadership. But that is not the way of the Bruins, who have been led by Zdeno Chara since his arrival in Boston, along with Patrice Bergeron. That leaves Iginla without the pressure to be a leader on a team he has just joined.
And that’s fine with him.
“I plan on just being myself,” Iginla said.
“I think the biggest thing is just play hard and compete.”
He’s more than happy to do that, especially on a team that might finally give him a Stanley Cup. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.