Dreger: Red Wings 'in the mix' for Jarome Iginla

Jun 24, 10:24 AM

The Boston Bruins are hopeful they will retain free agent forward Jarome Iginla, but as TSN's Darren Dreger explained in an appearance on TSN 690 in Montreal, general manager Peter Chiarelli's staff might be losing momentum. 

Dreger suggested if the Bruins are unable to strike a deal with the former Flame, the Detroit Red Wings would be "in the mix" for his services. 

Iginla owns a diminishing skill set but proved that he can still produce offensively by posting his 12th 30-goal campaign last season.

However, the 36-year-old is made increasingly valuable by his shrinking window, and a serious contender may be able to convince Iginla to accept a reduced rate for a legitimate opportunity to win a Stanley Cup. 

Jul 1, 9:52 AM

Iginla rumors: Avalanche, Canucks among teams interested in forward (Report)

Jul 1, 9:52 AM

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The Colorado Avalanche might have a big birthday gift lined up for Jarome Iginla.

According to Adrian Dater of The Denver Post, Colorado is interested in signing Iginla, who is now 37 years old. His birthday should be a busy one with several teams vying for his services and the Avalanche plan on making a serious bid.

Considering Colorado recently traded for Danny Briere, the team appears to be trying to get older in a hurry.

The Vancouver Canucks are also setting up to make Iginla an offer.

According to TSN insider Bob McKenzie, the Avalanche and Canucks are not alone: 

I don't think there's any question that Vancouver has a lot of interest in Jarome Iginla... Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Detroit, Boston would still like to have him, there's plenty of others coming out of the woodwork.

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Jun 30, 7:32 PM

Report: Iginla set to test free agency once again

Jun 30, 7:32 PM

Unable to reach an agreement with the Boston Bruins, Jarome Iginla will explore all available options as an unrestricted free agent for the second straight year, as per Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.

The news should come as no surprise, but does not necessarily eliminate the Bruins from contention. 

Boston's cap situation, however, leaves the door wide open for another club to swoop in and secure the 36-year-old's services on the open market.

Iginla scored 30 goals and added 31 assists in 78 games in 2013-14.

Jun 29, 1:27 PM

Report: Canucks to take 'serious run' at old rival Iginla in free agency

Jun 29, 1:27 PM

The Vancouver Canucks were the busiest team at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, as new management dramatically remolded the roster with a series of trades - some surprising (Jason Garrison), some expected (Ryan Kesler).

Over the past several months the new-look Canucks have trimmed salary dramatically, leaving them with significant salary cap space with which to entice unrestricted free agents this season. As it stands, the Canucks - a team that has always spent to the upper limit of the salary cap - have over $17.5 million in salary cap space according to capgeek.com.

While the crop of available unrestricted free agents is relatively thin this summer, the Canucks have significant needs. In particular, Vancouver is desperate for scoring  and could use more touch and more size up front.

Boston Bruins winger Jarome Iginla may fit the bill and according to CTV's Kelsey Brade, the Canucks are preparing to "take a serious run" at Iginla if the Bruins can't get him under contract before July 1st. 

Iginla, as the longtime captain of the Calgary Flames, spent more than a decade playing the role of public enemy No. 1 for Canucks fans. With all of the history, it's tough to imagine Iginla wearing Canucks colors.

A pact between the Canucks and the captain of the club's one-time bitter rival might make some sense though. Vancouver's new general manager Jim Benning was with the Boston Bruins last season, so there's some familiarity there. Iginla is also represented by Newport Sport Agency's Don Meehan, who also served as the player agent for new Canucks president Trevor Linden (Benning also worked with Newport Sports for a time).

It's clear that Iginla's preference is to remain in Boston, and retaining the 36-year-old power forward is clearly a priority for the Bruins as well. Though there's a will, there may not be a way; and a pact between these two sides might not be realistic, what with the Bruins being hit pressed up against the upper limit of the salary cap after being hit with nearly $5 million in overage penalties per capgeek.com.

Jun 28, 10:40 PM

Report: Wild pursuing Jarome Iginla

Jun 28, 10:40 PM

The Minnesota Wild have been in contact with Boston Bruins forward and pending free agent Jarome Iginla, according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

It is unclear whether the interest is mutual, Russo reports, but it is "definitely clear" the Wild would like to sign Iginla.

Minnesota struggled offensively last season, finishing 24th in goals scored with 199. Adding Iginla, who has 67 points (37 goals and 30 assists) in 70 career games against the Wild, would surely help the team improve in that department.

Russo speculates that the Wild could acquire an offensive-minded defenseman and scoring winger via trade, but are more likely to do so through free agency. 

Whichever route the team takes, though, general manager Chuck Fletcher wants to ensure the player fits in with their long-term plans.

"We've tried to be aggressive if the move makes sense, but there's times, too, where you need to take what's there," Fletcher said. "Sometimes you have to lay off the pitch. You can't just swing at everything. This summer could be one of those summers where maybe you just accept what's there and not try to overpursue or push something that may not make you better."

Iginla is expected to hit the open market Tuesday, but remains in negotiations with Boston, his preferred destination.

Jun 28, 5:14 PM

Bruins have contingency plan in case Iginla signs elsewhere

Jun 28, 5:14 PM

The Boston Bruins continued their negotiations with Jarome Iginla during the NHL draft, but according to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com, it appears likely the 36-year-old forward will hit the open market Tuesday.

To prepare for the possibility of Iginla signing elsewhere, the Bruins have enacted a contingency plan that could see Loui Eriksson moved to the top line.

"We're still talking to Jarome's agent. I spoke with him today," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Saturday. "I won't go into details, but we're still talking and we'll see how it goes. If we don't get Jarome signed to fit into our salary structure, I'm not going to go out hard to find a replacement for two reasons: the annual cost and the term.

"I have to hedge in case we don't sign Jarome," Chiarelli continued. "I have no problem if we have to put Loui on that top line. He's played on top lines before and he's played with the Sedins in the Olympics, and he was terrific. He's better suited for an upper line. If that's what we have to do then we'll do it. I'm trying to be patient with this because I really feel at one point there's going to be a player that will fit, and want to come here."

Chiarelli insisted, however, that returning to Boston is Iginla's top priority.

"I'm not saying Jarome doesn't want to come back," Chiarelli said. "He's been very clear he wants to stay here, and he's working with us. We'll see how it goes."

Jun 26, 11:03 AM

Report: Bruins to meet with Jarome Iginla on Thursday

Jun 26, 11:03 AM

General manager Peter Chiarelli and the Boston Bruins' brain-trust will reportedly meet with free agent forward Jarome Iginla's representation Thursday in Philadelphia, according to Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald.

The two parties will convene on the eve of draft night to help determine their courses of action heading into unrestricted free agency on July 1. 

Iginla will likely be searching for a similar deal to that of the one-year, $6 million deal he brokered with the B's last season. 

The Detroit Red Wings are also reportedly interested in the 12-time 30-goal man. 

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Bruce Fedyck

Jun 7, 11:22 AM

Bruins, Iginla in the process of negotiating contract extension

Jun 7, 11:22 AM

The Boston Bruins are in talks with veteran power forward Jarome Iginla, his agent Don Meehan of Newport Sports Agency confirmed to TVA's Renaud Lavoie on Friday. Clearly both sides have interest in extending the aging star's rather successful stay in Boston.

Iginla was a force for the Bruins in his first season in black and gold, scoring 30 goals and managing 61 total points in 78 games played. 

Extending Iginla might prove somewhat difficult for the Bruins, considering his age and the club's rather precarious salary cap situation. Because Iginla is 36-years-old, any deal he signs will be of the "35+" variety. Contracts signed by NHL players older than 35 carry a high degree of risk, since the annual cap-hit remains on the books even if the veteran player elects to retire during the life of their deal. 

Because of the 35+ rule, the Bruins are unlikely to give Iginla any sort of serious term on a new deal. Beyond Iginla's age, the Bruins are looking at a cap-crunch situation this summer, one that the structure of Iginla's one-year contract for this past season exacerbates. 

The Bruins currently have roughly $61.98 million in salary cap-hits committed to 17 players for next season per capgeek.com. Those figures include Marc Savard's cap-hit, which the Bruins will be able to spend since Savard will be on LTIR for all of next season, but don't include the penalties the Bruins are due to pay for exceeding the salary-cap during the 2013-14 season.

Iginla, for example, cost the Bruins just $1.8 million against the salary-cap last year, but ultimately made $5.5 million because he hit several of his performance bonuses. The Bruins have to make up that $3.7 million difference this upcoming season, and all told, could be penalized in excess of $4 million for the 2014-15 campaign as a result of performance bonuses hit by Iginla, Torey Krug, and Dougie Hamilton.

In addition to re-signing Iginla, should the two sides find common ground in contract talks, the Bruins have a number of talented young restricted free agent players in Reilly Smith, Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski, all of whom are due healthy raises this summer.

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY/Marc DesRosiers

Apr 6, 4:34 PM

Bruins could face salary cap squeeze in trying to extend F Jarome Iginla

Apr 6, 4:34 PM

Boston Bruins forward Jarome Iginla has exceeded all reasonable expectations in his inaugural campaign in Boston. 

The cagey 36-year-old power forward has appeared in 76 games for the Bruins, and has contributed 30 goals and 61 points. In the process, the forward has cashed in on nearly all of the bonuses he was eligible to receive per the terms of his unique one-year deal with Boston.

Iginla's base salary is $1.8 million, however, his deal (which carries a $1.8 million cap-hit) is loaded with $4.2 million in potential bonuses, the vast bulk of which Iginla has already qualified for. Iginla has already reached the "games played" bonus threshold in his deal - worth $3.7 million - and will earn an additional $250,000 should the Bruins reach the Eastern Conference Final, and another $250,000 should the Bruins capture the Stanley Cup; hockey's ultimate prize.  

Here's the rub, however: the bonus money Iginla has earned this season will count against the salary cap for the Boston Bruins next season. It's a situation that could put the Bruins in a bit of a bind as they look to re-sign the future Hall of Fame forward this summer.

The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa lays out the tricky salary cap situation facing Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli this summer:

The Bruins are projected to carry an approximate $4.5 million penalty in 2014-15 for exceeding this season’s $64.3 million cap via bonuses due to Iginla, Dougie Hamilton, and Torey Krug. Teams estimate the cap will be around $70 million next season. The Bruins have about $62 million committed to next season’s payroll. They can exceed the cap by $4 million by exercising the long-term injury exception on Marc Savard as they did this season. But Krug, Matt Bartkowski, Reilly Smith, and Jordan Caron are scheduled to become restricted free agents. So is Niklas Svedberg, projected to be Tuukka Rask’s backup.

Krug, Smith, and Bartkowski could double their current salaries. If so, the Bruins would have trouble re-signing Iginla to a multiyear extension, which he probably deserves. Iginla would have to be willing to accept a similar deal: a one-year contract heavily stacked with bonuses. Teams are not allowed to include bonuses on a multiyear contract to a player 35 or older.

Obviously when a team has good players meeting performance bonuses, it's generally a positive thing. But it can necessitate some difficult choices - just ask Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman.

Mar 26, 4:56 PM

Dreger: Jarome Iginla likely to remain with Boston Bruins past this season

Mar 26, 4:56 PM

With 28 goals and 30 assists through 72 games, Jarome Iginla seems to have fit in quite nicely with the Boston Bruins. As such, it appears as though there is mutual interest in extending his deal past his one-year contract with the club.

According to Darren Dreger of TSN, "Peter Chiarelli, the Bruins general manager, reached out to Don Meehan from Newport Sports last week. There's been no official back-and-forth in terms of dialogue or a negotiation and the reality is that the Bruins don't have the tag room or the cap space to close this deal in-season."

He added "Chiarelli and the Bruins want to extend Iginla's stay. He loves Boston. They love him in Boston. I think a deal gets done."

Iginla, of course, will be even happier if he's able to win that elusive Stanley Cup while in Boston.