Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Friday that the club has signed free-agent forward Jarome Iginla to a one-year contract through the 2013-14 season.
Iginla’s base salary is worth $1,800,000 and carries incentives of $4,200,000, for an annual cap figure of $6,000,000.
“It’s a great signing for us. He is a terrific player and leader. His experience will definitely help us. Looking forward to being his teammate,” Bergeron told ESPNBoston.com.
Iginla, 36, entered the 2012-13 campaign having scored 30+ goals in 11 consecutive seasons with the Calgary Flames, leading the franchise in scoring for the last 11 seasons, which is an NHL record for leading the same club in scoring, before joining the Pittsburgh Penguins via trade on March 28, 2013.
Last season, Iginla had 14 goals and 19 assists in 44 games.
“First off, he’s a great player. He’s a legend, he’s a future Hall of Famer and I think looking back at that day, he earned the right to make the decision that he made,” Lucic said after the Bruins swept the Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals. “You can never blame a guy for going with his heart and making that type of decision. I’m not going to insult him in any way. He’s a guy that I always looked up to as a teenager and seeing the way that he played. As a Canadian, seeing what he did in the Olympics and all that type of stuff, he’s definitely an idol of mine. But like I said, he earned that right to make the decision that he made. I’m sure if he could go back he would make a different decision, but in saying that, he’s still a great player. He’s got a few more years ahead of him, and you wish him nothing but the best.”
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