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Pierre McGuire on M&M: Jarome Iginla likely will ‘want to stay in Boston’

05.22.14 at 2:15 pm ET
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NBC Sports hockey analyst Pierre McGuire joined Mut & Merloni on Thursday to discuss the upcoming offseason for the Bruins and the Stanley Cup playoffs. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

The Bruins will enter this offseason with 11 free agents (five unrestricted, six restricted). One of Boston’s biggest decisions over the coming months will be what to do with Jarome Iginla, who is set to hit the open market. Iginla tied for the team lead in goals with 30 and fit in perfectly with Boston’€™s first line of Milan Lucic and David Krejci.

However, concerns have been raised over both Iginla’€™s age (he will turn 37 on July 1) and the price that it would take to bring the future Hall of Famer back.

“The last time I talked to Jarome was right before Game 7 and I thought he was doing great. He just loves being in Boston,” McGuire said. “€œHe really enjoyed his teammates, really enjoyed playing with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, so that’€™s No. 1. No. 2, I think that you can get him signed to a deal, and I think the Bruins probably want to get him signed to a deal. He did a really good job. There will be a marketplace for him, but I have to think he’€™ll want to stay in Boston.”

Another difficult decision this summer will revolve around the whether or not to bring back Shawn Thornton, who has been a mainstay on the Merlot line for seven season in Boston.

“A team like Calgary would definitely have interest [in Thornton]. You have to have a previous relationship with a player like Shawn to know his actual value to the organization, especially behind closed doors. So I think that’€™s something that plays to Shawn’€™s favor,” McGuire said. “But I would caution Shawn on this. He’€™s had a tremendous career. He’€™s made a lot out of nothing because he’€™s worked so hard to get there. … He’€™s a Bostonian.

“Even though he’€™s from Ontario and he’€™s played for a lot of other teams, he’€™s a Boston guy. He’€™s a Boston Bruin. That’€™s how he should be remembered. I just hope he wouldn’t do it as a short-term deal, because I don’€™t think he has more than another year left to play. I would hate to see him leave and not be remembered as Boston Bruin, because that’€™s what he is.”

Following are more highlights from the interview. For more on the Bruins, visit the team page at weei.com/bruins.

On whether the Canadiens can overcome the loss of goaltender Carey Price: “The only way is if Montreal wins Game 3 and wins it in a comfortable manner. I don’€™t know if they’€™re going to be able to do that. … This could be a real quick series. … [Price] gives that team a lot of confidence and a lot of mojo. … They don’€™t have any room for error and they had more room for error when they had Carey.”

On the potential of the Rangers in the Stanley Cup finals: “The one thing about the Rangers is that they’ve got this thing going about family and unity that they didn’t have before and obviously a lot of that had to do with the passing of Martin St. Louis‘€™ mother. They also have a great equalizer in Henrik Lundqvist, and ever since the Olympics he’€™s been amazingly dialed in for the Rangers and obviously for Team Sweden. … I think the biggest thing for the Rangers is just get through this series and let [the Kings and Blackhawks] beat each other up.”

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