The Vancouver Canucks are the latest team to be tied to Jarome Iginla, who is bound for free agency, and for good reason. Their general manager used to work for the Boston Bruins, for whom Iginla played last season. Farhan Lalji of TSN cites those ties as a reason the Canucks could be a prime player in the Iginla sweepstakes.
I’m told the #canucks will be making a big push for Iginla tomorrow. Has good relationships with Linden & Benning.
— Farhan Lalji (@FarhanLaljiTSN) July 1, 2014
Iginla’s camp has made it clear he wants a two-year deal and it appears the Canucks are one team that’s willing to oblige the 37-year-old winger. Who can blame them? Even at 36 years old, Iginla managed to score 30 goals with the Boston Bruins. He has scored at least that many goals in every full season he’s played since the 2000-2001 season.
Such offense would go a long way for a Vancouver club that ranked 28th in goals scored last season. Combine the old Boston ties with the fact that Iginla spent most of his career in Western Canada playing for the Calgary Flames and it should come as no surprise at all that Iginla is tempted by a return to the region. He’ll have to balance that desire with the fact that the Canucks just traded one of their top centers and don’t appear to be Cup contenders for the upcoming season.
NHL free agency begins July 1 at 11AM. Once the frenzy begins, expect Iginla to consider Vancouver’s offer as one among several from teams willing to give him the two year deal he desires.