Due to the Boston Bruins‘ salary cap limitations, it seemed unlikely that Jarome Iginla would return to Beantown. But with both sides staying optimistic about moving forward with a deal it still seemed possible. However, when news came out that Iginla had signed a three-year contract reportedly worth $30 million, all hopes disappeared for Bruins fans.
My initial thought when I heard Iginla was headed to the Colorado Avalanche was “great, now the B’s are even thinner on the right wing.” But after looking further into the roster situation, I realized the Bruins already have plenty of depth on offense.
Despite losing their top goal scorer and a future Hall-of-Famer, Bruins fans should not stress about Iginla’s departure; now they are able to witness stars in the making. Providence Bruins‘ Ryan Spooner, Matt Lindbald and Brian Ferlin have been waiting for their moment to break through into the NHL, and this might be their opportunity. All of these players have shown excellent growth and development, and the Bruins organization believes they are all more than capable of competing at the next level.
Joining the mix of candidates to replace the veteran marksman include Matt Fraser and Justin Florek, two players who saw a considerable amount of minutes at the end of the season and were rewarded with a few appearances in the playoffs.
GM Peter Chiarelli has made it apparent that the B’s organization is not looking to make any big moves during the free agency period, meaning we should not expect the Bruins to go out and try to bring in some “big name” forward. However, Chiarelli did say he plans to fill in the missing pieces, which he may be able to do with players already within the organization.