If there was encouragement about the news that representatives of Bruins forward Jarome Iginla were meeting with Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli this past week, B’s fans won’t be happy with the development on Monday.
It appears that the 36-year-old will test free agency this summer, according to Rogers Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston:
Jarome Iginla will test free agency for the second straight year, Sportsnet has learned.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 30, 2014
The news isn’t exactly surprising, as Iginla is coming off of a strong 2013-14 season where he scored 30 goals and added 31 assists. His 61 points was third on the Bruins behind David Krejci (69) and Patrice Bergeron (62), while he tied Bergeron for the team lead in goals.
Iginla came to the Bruins as a free agent last summer, signing a one-year, $1.8 million base contract, while also earning another $4.2 million in performance bonuses. He was almost a Bruin midway through the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, but vetoed a potential trade between the B’s and the Calgary Flames in favor of one with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bruins swept Iginla’s Penguins in the 2013 Eastern Conference Final.
Both Iginla and the Bruins have expressed interest in Iginla returning to Boston, but the B’s current salary cap situation is making it hard for the team to come up with a contract that will satisfy both sides.
In his 15 1/2 seasons in Calgary, Iginla scored 525 goals and tallied 570 assists in 1,219 games. He won two Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophies and one Art Ross Trophy as a member of the Flames, while finishing runner-up for the 2004 Hart Trophy as NHL MVP.
It is believed that Iginla wants to go to a place that will give him the best chance to win an elusive Stanley Cup title. He has only played in the Final once, in 2004, when his Flames lost a seven-game series to the Tampa Bay Lightning.