PHILADELPHIA — All would be well and good for the Bruins if Jarome Iginla returns in 2014-15.
The No. 1 right wing is the piece that sets the Bruins right. He clicks on the first line. Iginla and Milan Lucic assume the dark-alley duties of hitting and grinding and intimidating while David Krejci works his stuff in the middle. Iginla allows Reilly Smith and Loui Eriksson to play second- and third-line roles, causing matchup issues for opponents without the Bruins’ depth.
There is no debate from either side about Iginla’s place in Boston. He wants to come back. The Bruins want him to return.
Numbers — the $69 million salary cap for 2014-15, the Bruins’ overage penalty, and the multiyear term Iginla would command on the open market — might say otherwise.
“Jarome wants to stay. We’re trying to find a spot for him,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “But we’re both big boys. If we can’t, we can’t. Certainly we’re both trying to work at it.”
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