The Boston Bruins have made it their first priority to re-sign Jarome Iginla this offseason, but that is not enough. GM Peter Chiarelli cannot take no for an answer.
Although the Bruins are only sitting on $9 million in cap space, Chiarelli needs to target Iginla before the Bruins go after any other free agents. Several forwards and defensemen on the B’s roster still need new contracts, but Iginla is the most important because of what he brings to the squad.
Iggy has been one of the most consistent goal scorers the NHL has ever seen, and despite turning 36 last year, Iginla had one of the best seasons in his career production wise. Iginla netted 30 goals and ended the season tied with Patrice Bergeron for the team lead in goals scored.
He also brings experience and a level of grit that is essential for any Stanley Cup contender. Iginla saw time on both of the top two units for the Bruins, but the majority of his success came from playing alongside David Krejci and Milan Lucic. The line that combined speed, strength and skill was responsible for appearing on the score sheet game in and game out, but they were also stellar in the defensive zone.
Krejci, Iginla and Lucic combined for 189 points in the regular season and were one of the most powerful units in the league. If Chiarelli can convince Iggy to sign on for one more go at the Cup, the Bruins will be in good shape come next season. But that task is easier said than done, especially when the B’s only have such limited cap space this offseason.