One of the larger storylines anywhere during the 2013 regular season was the trade debacle as the Boston Bruins attempted to acquire Jarome Iginla prior to the trade deadline. Iginla ended up going to Pittsburgh, after pretty much the entire country thought it would be Beantown for the veteran forward, with the Bruins instead ending up with Jaromir Jagr.
Jagr was expected to depart in free agency this summer, leaving a vacancy in the over-the-hill veteran role for the Bruins. Conveniently enough, Iginla was a free agent as well, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Bruins in trying to chase his first Stanley Cup title of his career.
However, is Iginla the type of player that will be able to make a major impact for Boston? A player that is an obvious Hall of Famer, and has had a lot of outstanding seasons, Iginla showed his age down the stretch and especially in the playoffs, against this same Bruins team. What should they expect?
Iginla was impressive down the stretch in the regular season, with 11 points in 13 games, but as the playoffs neared, it began to become pretty clear that Iginla has reached a point in his career where he’s not a gamebreaker. Eight of his 12 playoff points came in the first round. His showing against the Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals included zero points and a minus-4 rating.
That doesn’t mean that he can’t be an effective player. It’s hard to expect him to go out this year and pot 30 goals. But he should still be a solid source of secondary offense. Which is exactly what the Bruins brought him in to be. Even with his best days behind him, he’s still a 20-goal guy, at the very least. He’ll be a solid contributor for Boston, though don’t expect him to quite be an “impact” player.