Source: Bruins' talks with Iginla 'ongoing'

June, 10, 2014
Jun 10
12:41
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The Boston Bruins are having “ongoing talks” with veteran forward Jarome Iginla about the possibility of him returning to Boston, according to a league source.

The source also indicated that there's nothing new to report as far as progress on a new deal.

Iginla turns 37 on July 1, which also happens to be the day he will become an unrestricted free agent. Both the Bruins and Iginla have shown interest in getting a new deal done before the market opens, or soon after.

A future Hall of Famer, Iginla enjoyed a good first season with the Bruins in 2013-2014, but the team fell short of its goal of winning a Stanley Cup, which has eluded Iginla during his NHL career.

After the Bruins’ premature exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs, Iginla said he wanted to remain in Boston because of the team’s depth and status as a perennial Cup contender.

"I think it's a team that has as good a shot as any to win," he said. "I think that next year the team, whether I'm here or not, they're going to be a force here for a while."

Iginla signed an incentive-laden, one-year, $6 million deal with the Bruins last summer. He achieved all of his bonuses, with that money to be charged against the team’s cap for 2014-2015. The cap is expected to be around $71 million and the Bruins already have roughly $62 million committed to their roster.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has managed the salary cap well, and he’ll have to get creative once again if Iginla re-signs in Boston, with perhaps another incentive-laden contract.

Iginla finished the 2013-2014 season with 30 goals and 31 assists for 61 points in 78 games for the Bruins, while playing on the top line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci. He had five goals and two assists in the Stanley Cup playoffs (12 games).

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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