Jarome Iginla and the Boston Bruins have agreed on a one-year deal worth $6 million.
Things have come full circle for the 36-year-old forward after it was reported that he was originally traded to Boston last season but ended up in Pittsburgh. The six-foot-one, 207-pound Edmonton native scored 14 goals last season and 19 assists in 44 games. In 1,232 regular season contests, the six-time all-star has 530 goals and 1,106 points and is a plus-48.
Iginla still hasn't arrived in Pittsburgh and is unlikely to play when the Penguins host the New York Islanders on Saturday at Consol Energy Center.
The Penguins would prefer Iginla be able to practice with them once before participating in a game. Following Saturday's game against the Islanders, the Penguins have a scheduled off day on Sunday before practicing again Monday. They host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, which could mark Iginla's debut.
Bylsma said Iginla's role hasn't been decided. But he hinted that Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis line will remain together.
It sounds like Iginla could be on the right wing alongside Evgeni Malkin and James Neal will be moved over to the left side. However it is hard to believe that the Penguins won't put him next to Crosby, regardless of the success Kunitz and Dupuis have had this season. We aren't going to speculate. We'll see where he plays in his first game, which is likely going to be Saturday vs. the Islanders.