At the age of 36 this past season, Jarome Iginla proved to be one of the more productive offensive forces in the NHL. Paired with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, Iginla showed no signs of slowing down. He reached the 30-goal mark once again.
Boston’s salary cap restraints are well known. We’ve seen them part ways with Shawn Thornton already this offseason. And just yesterday the club cut ties with goalie Chad Johnson, signing Niklas Svedberg in the interest of saving money. The club is clearing space to keep Iginla in town, but the veteran is likely seeking a more substantial contract in comparison to the incentive-loaded deal he signed prior to last year.
Iginla could be holding out a multi-year deal. Boston has roughly $8 million to play with. Reilly Smith and Torey Krug still remained unsigned, therefore the Bruins most realistic option is inking Iginla to another one-year contract filled with incentives at around $5 million.
According to Darren Dredger of TSN, the Detroit Red Wings are showing interest in Iginla and could be prepared to offer him a multi-year deal. Detroit lacked consistent scoring this past postseason and Iginla would provide Mike Babcock’s club with a strong net-front presence while bolstering a bevy offensive talent.
Dreger mentions the Red Wings as a team that will be in the mix for Iginla if he makes it to July 1st.
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The free agency period begins on July 1. Iginla will be available to any team at that time. The Bruins know what they need to do in order to keep the top line winger. Boston would be left in a tough spot if he walks on, and especially hard-pressed to make up the scoring.
Contract discussions on both sides have been for the most part quiet this summer though, the sides have been engaged in talks for a few weeks now.