It’s officially safe to say the water is under the bridge when it comes to last year’s trade deadline drama between the Boston Bruins and Jarome Iginla.
Despite being spurned by the veteran winger last spring, the Bruins signed Iginla to a one-year deal this past offseason, and he has since flourished. The 36-year-old leads the team in goals (30) and is second in overall points (61). Not only is he excelling, he’s making his line-mates better as well. David Krejci is Boston’s point leader, while Milan Lucic is having an incredibly consistent season for the first time in quite a while.
Naturally, when you’re playing at a level Iginla is hitting right now, you’re definitely someone the front office would want to re-sign. And it certainly sounds like that’s exactly what the Bruins are working on.
According to the Boston Herald, GM Peter Chiarelli has already opened up preliminary talks with Iginla regarding a new contract. Though the Bruins have a lot of money committed to the 2014-15 season, Chiarelli has apparently made re-signing Iginla a high-priority.
At this point, the idea of re-upping Iginla shouldn’t shock anyone who’s been watching. Before this season, Krejci and Lucic were lined up with former Bruin Nathan Horton. Though he had some of Boston’s most memorable goals during the 2011 Stanley Cup run, Horton struggled to stay consistent during his time with the Bruins. These issues sometimes affected his line-mates, causing the entire unit to suffer. This season, Boston’s top line has remained a threat throughout the year, without losing any of its punch (Iginla has taken part in more than a few fights this season).
Although talks have opened up, no moves can be made official until July 1. However, barring some unexpected twist, Bruins faithful should expect to see Iginla wearing a Boston sweater for at least one more season. For all intents and purposes, it sounds like playing with Boston could be Iginla’s final shot at the Stanley Cup that’s been eluding him for so many years.