Boston Bruins: Not Interested In Martin Brodeur; Still Trying To Re-Sign Jarome Iginla
Over the weekend it was widely but questionably reported that the Boston Bruins may have some interest in signing future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur.
However, according to CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty, the Bruins are not interested in Brodeur and instead fully intend to have recently re-signed goalie Niklas Svedberg serve as the team’s backup to 2014 Vezina winner Tuukka Rask.
It didn’t make much sense to begin with, but a B’s source has confirmed they’re not interested in FA Martin Brodeur http://t.co/g9AD8K4Q1W
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) June 30, 2014
Getting to actual Bruins news, the team is reportedly still trying to re-sign another future Hall of Famer in Jarome Iginla.
Last year for Boston, Iginla tallied 30 goals and 31 assists in 78 games to go with a +34 rating. Pretty impressive numbers for a 36-year old winger, but then again Iginla was a perfect fit for the Bruins and because of that he is willing to accept a 1-year deal from Boston if the price is right, even though he’s looking for a 2-year deal.
Report: Jarome Iginla Wants Two-Year Deal, But Would Take One Year From Bruins http://t.co/Trfo1rz5ZP
— NESN (@NESN) June 30, 2014
The Bruins are working against a salary cap that isn’t very friendly for them though and re-signing Iginla for too much would put them in a bad place with RFA’s like Torey Krug and Reilly Smith still needing new contracts.
It is my humble opinion that the Bruins should move on from Iginla and focus on a cheaper answer with someone like Radim Vrbata or Nikolai Kulemin as they continue to give some of their younger talent a shot with players like Ryan Spooner, Alexander Kohklachev and possibly even 2014 first-round pick David Pastrnak making appearances this season.
In all seriousness one of those players may have to make the leap if the Bruins are unable to re-sign Iginla or make a trade/find a way to acquire a reasonable replacement as Loui Eriksson would most likely be bumped to the 1st line and that would leave a pretty big hole on the 3rd line.
Iginla will turn 37 on July 1st, which is coincidentally enough the first day of the free-agency period.