Jarome Iginla has been a superstar in the NHL since breaking in with Calgary in 1996-97. When the Flames began their recent rebuilding, Iginla’s days there were numbered.
It was well documented that Iginla would have consented to a trade only to certain teams, with Boston being a preference.
After 525 regular season goals with the Flames there was last season’s trade deadline rental to Pittsburgh, followed by Iginla signing a one-year $6M contract with the Bruins.
TFR’s Alan Greenberg spoke to Iginla after an early season game about his move to Boston.
* WHY BOSTON:
I want to play a little longer and want to be part of a winner. This is a great team with a terrific organization.
They have a big core that has played together for quite a while and has been very successful together.
I’m very happy to have an opportunity to be here. I’m thrilled.
* WHAT HE BRINGS:
I play my way. I compete hard and play physical – shoot lots of pucks. I haven’t changed my game by any means.
Usually people bring you in to be the same player that you were. The best way to fit in is to just be yourself. I play hard and compete.
* SLOW START:
I’ve had a slow start but I’ve also had great chances. I had a breakaway and a two-on-one one night and the puck just jumped over my stick.
I’ve been through this before. It doesn’t feel as bad when you’re winning. We’ve been able to get off to a decent start so it doesn’t feel quite as costly.
* WHAT HE’S LEARNED:
The biggest thing I learned about my career is that you have to keep getting those chances and all of a sudden you get one and the goals come in bunches.
I wouldn’t say I’m frustrated. I have to just keep on playing. I have a great opportunity, playing with (David) Krejci and Luc (Milan Lucic). They work very hard every game.
* THOUGHTS ON VISITING CALGARY ON DECEMBER 10:
It will definitely be unique and special for me. I played a long time there and grew up there as a player and a person. It will be different being in the other locker room but I’m looking forward to it.
* CHANGES TO THE GAME:
There are lots of differences. The game now is better than it was when I started. There was a lot of clutching, grabbing and hooking back then.
It was a little bit of a dead puck era. You would skate by a guy and all they would do is reach out and hook you.
I think the game has had a lot of improvements. It’s probably not as physical as it was, but it is quicker.