The 2013 NHL Free Agency discussions on Friday, July 5th, resulted in a lot of activity on all social and media networks, as hockey fans expressed their likes or dislikes about the additions to their favorite teams or the failed attempts in choosing one of the top free agency choices. Either way, the anticipation intensified throughout the day as the NHL continued to release the details regarding the latest free agency agreement.
One of the deals that I felt did not get as much attention as I expected was between the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Forward, Jarome Iginla, with the Boston Bruins. The NHL announced that 36 year old free agent, Jarome Iginla, agreed to leave the Pittsburgh Penguins to join the Boston Bruins with a one year contract, resulting in an annual salary cap of $6 million.
In the 2012-2013 season, Iginla played for both the Calgary Flames and the Pittsburgh Penguins, for a total of 44 games.
During the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Iginla participated in a total of 15 games generating 12 points with 4 goals and 8 assists. Despite actively playing in each game during the playoffs, his efforts, along with his team (Penguins) were defeated by the Bruins and their dream to bring the Stanley Cup home was shot down.
In April 2013, Iginla turned down an offer to come aboard the Boston team and instead chose to move forward with the Penguins. After the April deal fell through, Boston fans could possibly feel as if they were snubbed by Iginla. However, with the new agreement and move from the Penguins to the Bruins, we hope Boston will welcome him with open arms when the new season begins.
We congratulate all of the free agency players who now have agreed to new contracts and look forward to watching them during the new season as they adapt to their new homes.