B’s Beat: Please Re-sign Jarome Iginla
I could think of a profound way to set up this article, but the title is doing so flawlessly. Jarome Iginla joined the Bruins during free agency after rejecting them so publicly during the trade deadline last season. It would be really easy to be a bitter little New Englander and hate on the guy, but I am going to go ahead and take the high road.
Iginla has been one of the best players on the team this season, he has completely come as advertised, and is contributing in tons of ways that don’t contribute to his stat line (which is good by the way).
It is becoming more apparent game after game; that Jarome Iginla needs to be re-signed by the B’s and given a multi-year (2-3 years, nothing crazy) to stay with this team for as long as the “window” open.
The former Flames’ captain and future hall of famer has contributed to the terrific consistency line-mates David Krejci and Milan Lucic have shown this season. Krejci has had his most complete season to date as a member of the Bruins. The Czech center has 16 goals, 44 assists, and a +33 in 69 games. Looch has been having his best season as a member of the B’s. He has 21 goals, 31 assists, and a +26.
The numbers for Krejci and Lucic are great, but it is the compete level and consistency that I mentioned above, which has contributed to their overall success. I attribute those two things to the presence of Jarome Iginla. The Bruins’ top line has never looked better.
There are a few obstacles in re-upping the veteran winger. One of which being the salary cap heading into next season. The cap is projected to go up from the current $64,300,00., to $71,100,000 which (according to Capgeek.com) will give the Bruins roughly $9,000,000 in cap space for next season ($13,000,000 once Savard goes on LTIR).
That is $13 million to re-sign RFA’s like Torey Krug and Reilly Smith; both of which will be getting hefty raises, and UFA’s like Iginla (obviously), Shawn Thornton, and Chad Johnson. Krug and Smith will obviously be re-signed to team friendly multi-year deals. I am fully expecting Thornton to be re-signed to a team friendly deal as well, but this could also be his final season as a member of the Boston Bruins. I think Chad Johnson deserves to be brought back after the outstanding season he has had thus far, however it would not shock me to see him go.
I think Iginla could be had for a 3 year deal worth $4-5 million per. I don’t think it is about the money for him anymore. He is clearly someone who wants to win, and there are few better places to do so than in Boston with this team.
So far this season Iggy has 26 goals, 30 assists, and a +30 in all 70 of the B’s games. He plays a significant amount of time on both special team’s units, and is arguably one of the best leaders in the game. He is the type of guy every team needs on their Championship hopeful roster. The Bruins need to do everything they can to make sure this guy retires as a member of the black and gold.
Jarome Iginla has only been a Bruin for 70 games, but he is a true Bruin none the less. So I say this to B’s GM Peter Chiarelli:
“Please re-sign Jarome Iginla” – All Bruins fans.
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