Mar 12, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Boston Bruins forward Jarome Iginla (12) gets ready for a faceoff during the first period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. The Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins Are Not Likely To Make Big Changes After Losing Jarome Iginla


The Boston Bruins have made very little changes so far, and it doesn’t look like they’ll make significant changes at all this offseason. This is particularly due to the teams lack of cap space.

Last season, the Boston Bruins signed Jarome Iginla to a bonus heavy deal. At the start, Iginla was a $1.8 million cap hit. Counting Iginla’s bonuses at the end of the season, however, gave him an additional $4.2 million which also counts against the Bruins cap.

This has proved to be a huge problem for the Bruins. With 11 restricted free agents to re-sign, as well as a right wing replacement due to the loss of Jarome Iginla, the Bruins only have $1,640,857 in cap space to get it all done.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli admitted that he was exploring ways to re-sign Iginla, however he also realized he had to be cognizant of the teams future.

The Bruins have many players that are going to be Unrestricted Free Agents next season. Those players include David Krejci, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Carl Soderberg, Johnny Boychuk, and Adam McQuaid.

Re-signing Iginla to another bonus-heavy contract would cause an issue with re-signing some of Boston’s core players, which is the main reason as to why Chiarelli decided to let Iginla go.

Chiarelli is also very comfortable with letting the young-guns in Providence play in the big league. After Shawn Thornton signed with the Florida Panthers, the Bruins have an empty slot on the fourth line which could be occupied by either Justin Florek or Matt Fraser.

If the Bruins were to make any significant changes this off season, it would most likely be a trade that would relieve cap space, enabling Chiarelli to give Torey Krug and Reilly Smith the pay raise they deserve.

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  • George Costanza III

    Why would Chiarelli make big changes, not with the never ending excuse of salary cap hell brought to you by
    Peter Chiarelli and not fixed for you by Peter Chiarelli. Look to Tampa where Stevie Z quickly reduces Tampa’s
    salary and allows them to bring in maybe the best f/a defenseman in Anton Stralman. The Bruins Chara has
    looked old at the end of the last two seasons you know right when the Bruins vaunted defense went to sleep
    for a couple minutes vs the Blackhawks and was AWOL the Last two games vs Montreal 7 Bruins 1.
    Maybe the Bruins should have been the team making room for Anton Stralman. Unless you really think
    Barkowski is the answer.

  • LaurieLacey

    The Bruins don’t require major changes. They were first overall and if they had won the first game (double overtime) of the series against Montreal, the entire complexion of that series would have changed. They have to play Ericksson on the first or second line, to get the best out of him. He isn’t a third line player. Smith can remain on the second line. Paillie can play on the third line, where they can better utilize his speed. Perhaps KoKo can be given a shot there, as well. The fourth line won’t be a problem. The Bruins are solid on defence. Dougie Hamilton will continue to improve, as will Krug. They’ll have both Seidenberg and McQuaid back – they weren’t available during the playoffs. Chara’s minutes can be cut back to about 20 minutes a game. If they make any move, it should be for a speedy winger, but, again, they already have speed in the farm system. Things will be fine. This is a very good team. And, of course, things can be fine-tuned over the summer or before the trade deadline.

    • Don Juan Dekalb

      Agreed. Intelligent Bruin’s fans know that Peter Chiarelli has put this team in position to contend every season.