Like almost every player on the Pittsburgh Penguins roster, Jarome Iginla didn’t play well against the Boston Bruins in the 2013 Eastern Conference finals. He admitted as much to CSNNE.com.
Of course, the difference for many is that Iginla (and Brenden Morrow) rejected a trade to the very team that swept the Penguins.
“The Bruins played very well, they’re a very good team. I was fortunate to have that choice, and when you make it you definitely believe in the guys [in Pittsburgh]. We played some great hockey up until this last series,” Iginla said. “It also stings not playing well in this last series. These four games, I just didn’t play very well. That’s when you want to play your best for the team, and you want to find ways to contribute and be a part of these close games, and help it go the other way.”
Instead, Bruins such as Milan Lucic used the slight as extra motivation, although many would argue that getting to a second Stanley Cup finals series in three years should light plenty of fires.
Iginla, 35, shared the fate of players like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in going pointless against the Bruins and now faces the uncertainty of unrestricted free agency.
At least his agent can point to playoff numbers that still look quite good on paper: 12 points in 15 postseason games. The former Calgary Flames captain probably cares more about the “still zero Stanley Cup rings” total, though.