BOSTON -- If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
The Bruins announced that Iginla's base salary is $1.8 million, and another $4.2 million in incentives adds up to a $6 million salary-cap figure. A source had told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun that the incentives include a games-played bonus of $3.7 million and a goal-scoring/team playoff performance bonus of $500,000.
"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.
A little more than three months ago, the Bruins thought they had won the Iginla sweepstakes before the trade deadline to acquire the veteran forward from the Calgary Flames. In the 11th hour, however, Iginla decided he wanted to play with the Pittsburgh Penguins, thinking he'd have a better chance to win the Stanley Cup with Sidney Crosby & Co.
The Bruins and the Penguins eventually faced off in the Eastern Conference finals and Boston finished with a four-game sweep to earn its second trip the Stanley Cup finals in a three-year span.
After the Bruins completed their sweep on June 7, Boston's Milan Lucic was asked about how it felt to prove to Iginla that he chose the wrong team.
"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. "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."
Lucic added that Iginla's decision motivated the Bruins.
"We kind of took it that way, in that sense that when a guy chooses another team over your team, it kind of does light a little bit of a fire underneath you. Fortunately, we were able to turn it into a positive more than a negative," Lucic said.
Now, they're teammates and possibly linemates when the puck drops on the 2013-14 season.
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