Doing a phone interview on Sportsnet after signing with the Avalanche, veteran right wing Jarome Iginla explained that returning to the Bruins ‘wasn’t really an option.’
“It was tough to be leaving Boston and such a great organization and city and a great group of guys,” Iginla said when discussing his decision to sign with Colorado.
Iginla took a three-year, $16 million deal with the Avalanche. He had said he wanted to return to the Bruins, but the Bruins have only $5.69 million in cap space for next season with multiple players on their roster (restricted free agents Torey Krug, Reilly Smith) needing new contracts.
Asked whether his departure from Boston came down to Boston’s lack of cap space, Iginla replied, “I believe so for my side. I don’t know for sure from theirs. They were always very positive and great to me.”
He did note that though the sides may have been able to find a way to work out a one-year deal, he didn’t think the Bruins would be able to sign him in future seasons.
“Even to work a one-year deal this year was very hard for them,” Iginla said. “I don’t know if that would have fully been an option. Even if it was, we want to keep playing. I feel great, I love hockey.
“I want to play for more than just this year, and even if we were to fit in this year, it would be even harder next year with the guys that are up and the guys that will be up for contracts. … They have a whole group of great young guys that they do need to keep, so I understood that I just, it wasn’t really an option.”
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