Given what happened in the Eastern Conference final, one might think Jarome Iginla now wishes he had chosen to go to Boston instead of Pittsburgh.
Iginla, 35 years of age and a pending unrestricted free agent this summer, was acquired prior to the trade deadline in a blockbuster deal between the Penguins and Calgary Flames.
Iginla chose to waive his no-trade clause to go to Pittsburgh. The Bruins were also in the running, but ultimately spurned.
Iginla had four goals and 12 points in 15 playoff games, but was held without a point in his last five games, including the conference final, when the Penguins were swept.
His future remains a point of interest heading into the summer free agency period.
“It’s been very positive (and) would be open (to re-signing). Even though we didn’t win, it was a great experience,” Iginla said Sunday, as per the Penguins’ Twitter account.
Iginla is in the final year of a five-year, $35 million contract.
Here is a snippet of what Calgary Sun sports columnist Eric Francis wrote about Iginla’s future prospects. Read the full column here.
No one can blame him for choosing Steeltown over Beantown in March, but it obviously didn’t unfold the way he or the club hoped. While he put up decent numbers, he was not an impact player, which was illustrated well by the fact he was bumped from the second line by Matt Cooke with the season on the line. The experiment failed, and the Pens have no cap-room to give it a second chance, which was likely Iginla’s original hope moving forward.
Then again, if Iginla is willing to play for just a few million dollars a year, then anything is possible.