With Loui Eriksson sidelined indefinitely, this would be a great time for Jarome Iginla to step up his offensive game for the Boston Bruins.
Iginla has a goal and three assists in his last three games working with center David Krejci and winger Milan Lucic. That line has produced eighth goals, 17 assists and a plus-17 rating.
“It’s been longer than I would’ve liked, but it sure felt good to get it here and to get it at home and it being a tight game, and obviously it was a good bounce,” Iginla told the Boston media after the Bruins edge the San Jose Sharks 2-1.
“It wasn’t exactly how I envisioned it . . . but at this point you take anything or anytime; actually you take any of them, but it was a good bounce. It was a tough game and I thought as a group we got better after the first period. And San Jose is playing very well right now so it feels really good all around.”
So what, exactly, are we to make of the Boston Bruins?
Gone is power forward Nathan Horton, signed in Columbus to an epic contract. Gone is explosive young forward Tyler Seguin, sent to Dallas in a blockbuster deal. Gone is center Rich Peverley, moved in that deal as well. Gone is future Hall of Fame winger Jaromir Jagr, a salary cap casualty.
But the Bruins have added an elite all-around winger in Loui Eriksson and another future Hall of Fame winger in Jarome Iginla. Eriksson will play on the left side, perhaps with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.
Iginla will get a chance to revive his 30-goal form on the right side, perhaps with center David Krejci and left winger Milan Lucic,
Boston is expecting bigger things from forwards Carl Soderberg, a late-season addition from Europe, and Jordan Caron.
“When you have an Iginla and you have an Eriksson and you have those guys who are going to be battling, including Jordan Caron, who is now into his fourth year . . . I think we have a lot of depth,” Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters.
All of this movement helped the Bruins balance the books so Bergeron could get an eight-year extension and Tuukka Rask could get an eight-year deal.
The Bruins will be right back in the Stanley Cup chase.
Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli tried to move young scorer Tyler Seguin at the NHL for one of the top picks.
That didn’t work, but he kept plugging away. As first reported by TSN's Darren Dreger. Chiarelli is close to a deal that would send Seguin to the Dallas Stars for talented winger Loui Eriksson.
The Bruins also sent center Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button to Dallas and got back youngsters Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser in the deal.
The Stars want to play Jamie Benn on the wing, so that team has been shopping aggressively for centers. Seguin and Peverley fill that need.
Boston developed reservations about paying Seguin for the long haul after his sporadic efforts during the playoffs. The Bruins would get out from under that deal and land a word-class talent in the process.
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