Welcome to Boston, Jarome Iginla. Last night, Iginla introduced himself to the city of Boston in a big way and earned the respect of some die hard Boston Bruins fans who were appalled that the Bruins would even consider signing him after what he did to them . As everyone knows, Iginla turned down the Bruins for the Pittsburgh Penguins at the trade deadline last year.
I can’t say that I blame him. I mean, an aging veteran looking for a quick shot at the cup? Why not sign with a team loaded with stars? I would be lying if I didn’t smile every time they showed his mug as the Bruins scored another goal in that series. There was something so satisfying about winning that series simply because Iginla chose the Penguins over the Bruins.
When you decide to play for the team that you turned down the season before, because you didn’t see them as serious contenders, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. When the Bruins signed Iginla this summer, I think the city of Boston knew he was going to help, but how do you get past being turned down? Its like asking the head cheerleader to the dance only to find out she turned you down to date the Varsity quarterback. The only difference is in real life, the prom queen never crawls back to you looking for your love and affection while saying she was wrong.
Iginla didn’t beg for our forgiveness; he didn’t admit he was wrong; he handled things the Bruins way. He got knocked down, he got back up, and he threw down the with the Tampa Bay Lightning’s goon Rado Gudas. There is no better way to be accepted by the city of Boston than to get a little dirty and to take a punch for the cause. It was only one fight, and it was only one game, but the decision to drop the gloves earned Iginla a ton of respect in my book, as well as the city’s.