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04-27-2012, 07:31 PM
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The Perfect Storm for the Arrival of Jarome Iginla

You could feel it in the air. Boston fans collective exhale after Joel Ward's overtime goal in game seven was felt across North America. It marked the end of two seasons of hockey where the Boston Bruins and their fans fought through over 200 pre-season, regular season and playoff games together. The end of a long run where the Stanley Cup made its return to Boston.

Although the Bruins fought hard through a record-setting seven 1-goal games, it was clear from January onward that the long playoff run and road to the Stanley Cup had taken its toll and that the players just didn't have the physical and mental fortitude to make another deep playoff run.

Now the Bruins and their fans can take a break from the game and revitalize themselves over a long summer which started with their locker clean-out Friday in Boston.

But with that time off comes many questions as to what this team needs to do to duplicate to their 2010-2011 success. Those questions come up every season with any team that falls short in today's NHL, but in Boston, one name answers all their problems: Jarome Iginla.

First, a quick look at the main stories and comments that dominate the Boston Bruins fanbase and media:

Mental and Physical Fatigue

Although many fans' will take his comments on Friday as a negative, Brad Marchand admitted to Joe Haggarty that 'Brad Marchand admitted that he had difficulty "getting up mentally" for the playoffs this year: "It just seemed different." (http://twitter.com/#!/hackswithhaggs). This was clear to many fans that this team was mentally exhausted and lacked the desire to win that any Championship team needs moving forward. It is a testament to how difficult it is to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions and how even the most dedicated and determined teams will decline in their ability to give 100%. Marchand's feelings are an echo of the same thoughts that the Chicago Blackhawks players felt after their Championship season.

Bottom line: Boston was a mentally fatigued team who had nothing to motivate them.

Racial Slurs

Immediately after Joel Ward ended the Bruins season, the Boston Bruins fanbase was painted in a negative light due to a select few twit 'twitters' who decided to show their ignorance and hatred with racial slurs. This forced the Boston Bruins to respond with an apology and comment to the public stating, "The Bruins are very disappointed by the racist comments that were made following the game last night. These classless, ignorant views are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization." (http://bruins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?...cmpid=rss-News).

This wasn't the first time that Boston has been painted in a racist image. Sadly, Anson Carter was warned about the possibility of Boston being a racist city to play in, but maintain that 'When I was traded there, my parents were worried,’’ he recalled. “I remember them saying, ‘Are you sure you’re going to be OK? Shouldn’t you get out of there?’ But my experience in Boston was awesome. Everyone was tremendous.’ (http://bostonglobe.com/sports/2012/0...heI/story.html)

Bottom line: Regardless of the truth and how positive and supportive the Boston Bruins fanbase really is, this painted the city and fanbase in a negative light across the NHL.

No Elite Scoring

Whether it was the combination of injury, fatigue or pressure on the top six forwards in Boston, it was clear that the goals were not going to come easy these playoffs. Adding in the loss of Nathan Horton, Mark Recchi and Michael Ryder who were playoff heroes on a nightly basis in the spring of 2011 and the result was a Boston Bruins team that managed only one goal in four of the first round games.

The 2011 Boston Bruins team relied on depth and balanced scoring but without a first line that regularly is a threat to the opposition, the second and third line are diminished in their ability to capitalize on the opponents' fatigued 3rd and 4th lines.

Bottom line: The Boston Bruins didn't have an elite scorer when they needed it most.

The Powerplay

Whether the blame falls on the players on the powerplay or the coaching staff running the system (Houda, Jarvis or Ward) it was clear last season that the Boston Bruins powerplay needed a serious overhaul. The dump and chase approach followed by the cycle to the point and shot was once again easily broken down by Hunter and company. It was clear that the umbrella formation was being picked apart by the Washington (and any other playoff team in the last two years) penalty.

Bottom line: the powerplay's failure in key moments in the series ultimately cost the Boston Bruins their playoff season.

With these four main stories being the focus in Boston, never has their been a chance for the Boston Bruins to address four concerns with one move. That move is the acquisition of Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames.

Iginla is on his last year of his contract in Calgary that has a $7,000,000 cap hit for the 2012-2013 NHL season. It has become clear to fans in Calgary that the team needs to go in a different direction and that Jarome Iginla will never be more valuable than he is right now to their franchise. It will be a conversation for Iginla and Feaster that will involve him waiving his NTC and giving the Flames GM a list of teams he would be willing to waive his NTC for.

So why is Jarome Iginla the perfect fit in Boston? Here are some valid points that will undoubtedly be discussed in the coming months:

- 11 straight 30+ goal seasons (2000-2001 to 2011-2012 and counting.
- One year cap hit of $7,000,000 which expires when Lucic, Marchand, Horton, Caron, Ference and Seguin are all UF or RFA's.

- Iginla is friends with Lucic, Savard, Ference and Bergeron.
- Iginla would be moved to a contender in the Eastern Conference.
- Peter Chiarelli was a fan of the 2003-2004 Calgary Flames team captained by Iginla that lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Finals.
- Veteran leadership role for Iginla who wouldn't have to lead the team, but rather support Chara.
- Players are motivated to 'win it for Iggy' which addresses the motivation and 'difficulties' players expressed after the loss to Washington.
- Adding to the Bruins the first ever African-Canadian captain in the NHL sends a strong message to anyone who was foolish enough to label the Boston fanbase based on the ignorant comments on Twitter.
- The definition of a 'power forward' who not only emulated the game of Cam Neely for over a decade in Calgary but could also become a huge influence on Milan Lucic and other young forwards maturing in the NHL.
- Franchise transforms from 'league villains' to 'I want to see Iginla win a Cup' across the NHL where other teams in the Eastern Conference get to see one of the great players in the last decade play his game on a team built for his style and approach to the game.


Never have the Boston Bruins had the assets, cap space and allure of being a Stanley Cup contender at the same time that a player who addresses those needs has become available. Iginla addresses every need that the Boston Bruins have this off-season while providing the fans and the franchise with revitalized hope for the 2012-2013 season. Boston is also a perfect fit for Iginla who should be rewarded for his efforts and role as an ambassador of the game.

It is fitting that the NHL Superstar with a number of names is the one name answer to almost all of the exit interview questions and concerns surrounding the Boston Bruins:

Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla

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I'd rather use the assets on a younger player. I don't like the idea of paying for what someone has done in the past. He'll be 35 years old next year and has played like 1200 games.

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I'm sure the mods are not going to appreciate this thinly veiled attempt to start a fire. It's a shame. because you start out with a decent hockey argument....you presented facts pretty clearly. you obviously know about hockey and can discuss it.
too bad, because then you insert the "racism" idea and thats where it falls apart. the two paragraphs have nothing to do with each other and are sketchy quotes at best.

Iginla is never leaving that city.

and your attempt here to start some raging discussion isnt worth the time.

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I'm sure the mods are not going to appreciate this thinly veiled attempt to start a fire. It's a shame. because you start out with a decent hockey argument....you presented facts pretty clearly. you obviously know about hockey and can discuss it.
too bad, because then you insert the "racism" idea and thats where it falls apart. the two paragraphs have nothing to do with each other and are sketchy quotes at best.

Iginla is never leaving that city.

and your attempt here to start some raging discussion isnt worth the time.


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