Iginla was supposed to put the Penguins over the hump

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As free agency opened, it appeared to be a matter of when,
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And while Iginla and the Bruins tried to come to an agreement ahead of July 1, a thin free agent class and an increased salary cap were always going to do the Bruins in. Iginla’s goal scoring will be missed,
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Iginla will make $5.5 million over the first two years of his new deal, before making $5 million in a season in which he will be 40 years old. While his production hasn’t dipped (Iginla has scored 30 goals in every full season he has played since 1999), the Bruins‘ cap situation, their influx of young talent, and their ability to replace Iginla internally made it all the more difficult to meet his demands.

The way Iginla’s tenure will be viewed in Boston began before he ever put on the spoked B. That came the season prior,
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Iginla was supposed to put the Penguins over the hump,
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From the second he joined the Bruins,
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So it’s easy to point the finger again at Iginla today; his departure has as much to do with his desire to sign a multi year deal than anything else. But Iginla made good during his one year in a Bruins sweater, and is a gentleman of the game. To characterize his Bruins career in any other manner is simply revisionist history.

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