If future NHL Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla is serious about only accepting a one-year deal with the Boston Bruins and no other teams in the league, the B’s must find a way to sign Iginla. According to TVA Sports et Journal de Montreal reporter Renaud Lavoie, Iginla is still looking over his options, but would re-sign a one-year contract with Boston, while he would look for multi-year deals elsewhere.
Jarome Iginla is looking at a 2 year deal. The only team he would accept to go for 1 season is Boston. #tvasports
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) June 30, 2014
For the Bruins, signing Iginla remains the biggest decision to make. If he does return to Boston, the cap space will dwindle significantly for the B’s, but they will return a 30-goal scorer with a hunger for his first Stanley Cup. If Iginla does not return, the Bruins have money to play with, but lose a large chunk of their offense. It is an interesting predicament, but one that Peter Chiarelli must make a quick decision over the next couple of days.
The other big question with this supposed one-year contract with Iginla hinges on the numbers. Last season, he signed a low base salary deal heavy on performance incentives that count against the cap this year. A similar contract would be nice for this season, but would leave the Bruins in a similar position next year with bigger name unrestricted free agents like David Krejci and Johnny Boychuk due for contracts.
The decision will ultimately come down to whether Iginla is willing to come back to a team that underperformed in the playoffs for less money, or if he wants more cash in return for a team with a lesser chance of competing for the Stanley Cup. As I mentioned yesterday, both the Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild have reached out to Iginla, but neither are serious contenders for the Cup with the rosters they currently have.
With free agency fast approaching, Iginla will be the first domino for the Bruins this summer. Whatever decision he makes, hopefully it is early in the offseason for Boston’s sake; the decision will impact the rest of the moves Chiarelli makes as he tries to build another talented team.