Jarome Iginla has hit the ice, as part of his summer training regimen leading into training camp in September.
The Boston Bruins, after losing out on the Iginla sweepstakes in a chaotic turn of events prior to the NHL trade deadline, signed the veteran forward to a one-year deal worth $6 million on the first day of free agency on July 5.
The 36-year-old Iginla, who scored five goals and 11 points in 13 regular season games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team he was traded to in April, was recently in British Columbia, Canada, working on the ice in order to sharpen up prior to camp with his new team.
“During the summer, I like to get on the ice definitely starting in July and make sure the rust doesn’t build up, and also work on things to improve,” Iginla told the Bruins Blog recently.
“You always want to keep trying to get better, and try to make sure rust doesn’t get on there…You’ve got to work hard, it’s fun. You want to be prepared going into the season.”
If you’ll recall, Iginla chose the Penguins over the Bruins – although Boston’s GM Peter Chiarelli thought a deal was in place Flames GM Jay Feaster – as the team he wanted to be traded to in what turned out to be the big blockbuster leading up to the deadline.
But in a strange twist in the already thickened plot, the seemingly powerhouse Penguins wilted in the Eastern Conference final, as the Bruins swept them and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.