Sure, Wednesday night’s game sucked. It sucked a lot. The Boston Bruins are officially currently the third best team in the Eastern Conference and no amount of talk about “games in hand” or the hot start can change that fact. This team had issues, notably with depth scoring and defense. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli fixed one of those issues late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning as he landed the big name in the 2013 NHL trade season. Word has come across that the Boston Bruins have landed future hall-of-fame forward Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames in a trade that can only be called robbery for a player of Iginla’s caliber. To the Flames goes high-level prospect Alexander Khokhlachev, middling AHL defenseman Matt Bartowski and a conditional first round draft pick, one that happens if Iginla decides to resign with the Boston Bruins at seasons end. For a future hall-of-fame inductee, its a trade made 100 times out of 100, even if Iginla is just a rental.
Right away, Iginla helps sore up some of the scoring woes that have plagued the Boston Bruins second and third lines. It is unclear where he will fit into the current structure of the Boston Bruins, but my guess is he slides into the second line with David Krejci as his center. Iginla also provides veteran leadership in the locker room, and a drive and determination from a player seeking to win his first career Stanley Cup with a contender.
The lack of real assets leaving Boston also gives the Bruins much flexibility with how they approach the next week. With Carl Soderberg due over in Boston likely in the next week, there is an opportunity to deal one of the bottom six forwards in order to try and acquire some depth on the defensive end for a team needing it there.
Also, if you were wondering how I am so calm writing this, trust me. I am running around my room, dancing around and making weird noises. JAROME IGINLA IS COMING TO BOSTON AND WE SHOULD ALL BE HAPPY!