Since his much publicized of the rug pulling job on GM Peter Chiarelli before the trade deadline when he chose to go to Pittsburgh instead, former Calgary captain and short term Penguin Jarome Iginla inked a contract today with Boston. The contract has a base salary of $1.8M with $4.2M of incentives for a total of $6M if he makes it all.
The cap hit for this year will only be the base of $1.8M and the bulk of the hit, should he make his incentives, will carry over to the 2014-2015 season. Chiarelli has some room to play with after trading the obscene cap hit to production ratio of Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley to Dallas and freeing up $9M to go after free agents and locking up goaltending stud Tuukka Rask to a long term deal. Rumblings of a long term extension for stalwart forward Patrice Bergeron have also surfaced.
The bruins were busy today, with Iginla being the centerpiece surrounded by deals for current players and newly acquired prospects. Bobby Robbins earned a two year, two way deal with the AHL club after his play last season and newly signed Chad Johnson from Phoenix will be expected to vie for the back up role to Tuukka with Johan Svedberg.
Chiarelli got his two replacement right wings already but something tells me there is some more tinkering in the works. Look for Iggy to be on the top line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic while Loui Eriksson slides into the spot on the second line next to Bergeron.
There has been rumors to Michael Ryder's return to Boston in to works and he could be placed back on a totally revamped third line.