It’s funny how things work out isn’t it?
Jarome Iginla was acquired by the Bruins at the trade deadline then he changed his mind at the last second and joined the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Well, after he got swept by the Black and Gold in the Eastern Conference Finals, he knew he made the wrong decision.
A few months later, Iginla decided to join the B’s on a one-year/six-million dollar contract that is performance-based.
“I wasn’t sure how Peter (Chiarelli) felt or the Bruins felt about possibly having me,” Iginla said. “I did ask my agent to explore it. I’m thrilled that it was a chance. The city is an amazing sports city. Like I said, I have friends who played there. They’re a team that year in year out is extremely competitive. They are very hard to play against. They play a physical, aggressive style. I like that and I also know from the guys on the team that they have a lot of respect for them.”
Iginla figures to slide right into the first line alongside David Krejci and Milan Lucic.
There were talks that Daniel Alfredsson or Michael Ryder were on the B’s wish-list, but as free agency winded down, General Manager Peter Chiarelli finally pulled the trigger on Iginla for a second time.
The veteran winger has 530 goals and 576 assists in 1,232 career games. Last season, Iginla put up 14 goals and 19 assists in 44 total games. During the Penguins Stanley Cup run, he notched four goals and eight assists in 15 games.
Iginla entered the 2012-2013 season having scored 30+ goals in 11 consecutive seasons and had led the Calgary Flames in scoring for the last 11 seasons, which is an NHL record for leading the same franchise in scoring before jumping shit to Pittsburgh.
Iginla should be slated in to be on the B’s power-play as he has a knack for scoring goals. He is third among active scorers only trailing Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne-some pretty good company.
The future Hall of Famer was teammates with Patrice Bergeron on Team Canada.
“It’s a great signing for us,” Bergeron told ESPNBoston.com. “He is a terrific player and leader. His experience will definitely help us. I am looking forward to being his teammate.”
As B’s heckled Iginla as he stepped foot on the ice late during the regular season and again during the post-season, it may be a little different this time around as he will be donning a B’s sweater and all will be forgotten.
It is a business and it was a business decision a few months ago (clearly the wrong one), but he sure made the right decision this time and should fill the void of Nathan Horton very nicely.