One of the first chips fell in NHL Free Agency when Jarome Iginla ended his short stint with the Boston Bruins for a new contract with the upstart Colorado Avalanche.
Iginla signed a three-year deal worth a reported $19 million, perhaps his last multi-year contract considering his age. Even with his advanced experience, he managed to play in 78 games with the Bruins last year and managed an impressive 61 points.
The Avalanche have a bright future ahead of them, as they surprised much of the Western Conference last season with their young roster and Iginla will join an offense featuring stud Nathan MacKinnon who he can help mentor.
What does this mean for the Bruins? Well it was more proof that their cap situation is pretty tight and the club did remain pretty quiet as much of the NHL made impact-signings yesterday. The Bruins have the proper infrastructure in place that whatever tweaks they do make will keep them as a contender for the upcoming season. Well that and having Tuukka Rask in between the pipes for at least 70 games next season.
I wonder who the next one-year offensive-minded rental that the Bruins will invest in this season. As more of the free agents take their more lavish contracts from other clubs, Boston will inevitable pickup someone who will make a big impact for the squad next season. For now, Iginla will be in a different conference and odds are he will not hurt Boston on their way to the Stanley Cup. We appreciate the service Jarome and hope you enjoy all of the legal marijuana and hanging out with Peyton Manning.