In last season’s Eastern Conference Finals the Bruins swept the highly favored Penguins to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. One player who was on that Penguins roster made a move to Boston in the offseason.
In July free-agent forward Jarome Iginla inked a one-year deal worth $6 million with the B’s in hopes the club returns to the Finals and takes it all.
It all starts tonight for the Bruins at home as they play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Fred got a chance to sit down with Iginla during Bruins media day on Wednesday and discussed the move to Pittsburgh last season from Calgary and taking extra time off during the offseason.
Iginla made his NHL debut in the 1996 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Calgary Flames and stayed with the club until he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins this past season ending his 16-year career in Calgary. How difficult was it for him to leave after spending that much of his career and life in that city?
“It was difficult for a number of reasons for sure. One was, before the season started the only way to be staying was to be successful and have a chance to win and be part of the playoffs. It was the last year of my contract so there were a lot of questions there.”
He mentioned that he pretty much grew up there having lived in the area since he was 16-years-old.
The guys went on to discuss the pressure to win while with the Flames toward the tail end of his time there. Was it something that was hard to deal with at the time?