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Jarome Iginla is hoping that there proves to be some parallels between his and Ray Bourque's career.

Bourque had a tremendous career with Boston, but it wasn't until he joined the Avalanche at the tail end of his career that he finally managed to win the Stanley Cup. Iginla was similarly on course to make it into the Hall of Fame during his days with the Calgary Flames, but he still hasn't won the Stanley Cup. He's optimistic about his chances of winning it all with the Avalanche.

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Jarome Iginla signed with Colorado in part because he liked the idea of playing for executive vice president Joe Sakic.

Iginla and Sakic played together on Team Canada on multiple occasions. "I have a lot of respect for Joe. He's a winner," Iginla said. "So it definitely had a lot to do (with my decision). It's (also) the team, a great young team, playing against them, watching them, seeing the players they have, the goaltending they have, seeing the direction they're going, my buddy Alex Tanguay. ... I talked to him and Landeskog a few days ago, and (coach) Patrick Roy, so all that went into it." Iginla had 30 goals and 61 points in 78 contests with Boston in 2013-14.

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The Boston Bruins weren't willing to trade off players in order to free the cap space necessary to re-sign Jarome Iginla.

"We tried to work on it right from when the season's stopped, and we knew there would be challenges. At the end of the day, I really wanted to try and keep most of this group together, and I wouldn't have been able to do that to sign Jarome [Iginla]," said Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. "Those are hard decisions that sometimes you have when you are cap challenged, but I kind of like where we are." Iginla signed a three-year, $16 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche instead. He turned 37 years old on Tuesday, but he still managed to score 30 goals and 61 points in 78 games last season.

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Jarome Iginla has signed with the Colorado Avalanche for three years and $16 million.

The Avs lost Paul Stastny to the Blues earlier in the day and needed to shore up their forward ranks and Iginla will certainly do that. It remains to be seen if he can keep up with some of the speedy and yonger Colorado forwards but Iginla can still finish as he did retain his scoring touch around the net with the Bruins last season. The three year term for a player of Iginla's age is a little troubling but overall this is a positive signing for the Avs and Iginla should get the chance to play with either Nathan MacKinnon or Ryan O'Reilly.

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Even though Jarome Iginla is about to become an unrestricted free agent, there's still a chance that he might re-sign with the Bruins.

The fact that the salary cap is lower than projected though might ultimately price the Bruins out of the market. As Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli put it, it's not about what Iginla wants, it's about if they have the cap room to sign him.

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Jarome Iginla is reportedly seeking a two-year deal.

However, he would apparently only accept a one-year contract from the Boston Bruins. Iginla agreed to field offers from other teams to keep his options open, but he hasn't closed the door on returning to the Bruins for another season.

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The Minnesota Wild have been in contact with pending free-agent forward Jarome Iginla, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Iginla, who turns 37 Tuesday, scored 30 goals and 61 points with the Boston Bruins last season. His five goals led the Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs and his seven points were ranked third before Boston was eliminated by the Montreal Canadiens in seven games of the Eastern Conference second round. The Bruins have expressed an interest in re-signing Iginla, but may not be able to fit him in under the NHL salary cap of $69 million. The Wild also met face-to-face Sunday with Thomas Vanek, who will become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday. Vanek lives in Minnesota during the offseason.

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The Bruins haven't given up hope in retaining Jarome Iginla.

Boston has just over $1.6 million in cap space and a several other players to re-sign, so it seems unlikely Iginla, who made $1.8 million last season, will be back unless they are creative this offseason. That being said general manager Peter Chiarelli is still talking with Iginla's agent. "We're still talking to Jarome's agent. I spoke with him today," said Chiarelli. "I won't go into details, but we're still talking and we'll see how it goes. If we don't get Jarome signed to fit into our salary structure, I'm not going to go out hard to find a replacement for two reasons: the annual cost and the term."

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With the NHL salary cap now set at $69 million for the 2014-15 season, it is doubtful the Bruins will be able to re-sign UFA Jarome Iginla.

This should come as no surprise but there was a little hope left that the Bruins could retain Iginla had the NHL and the NHLPA announced Friday night that the cap was $70-71 million. With less money to work with and with other players such as Torey Krug and Reilly Smith to re-sign, the Bruins just won't have enough money to satisfy Iginla's contract requirements. That is of course, if they don't move a player or two. Stay tuned.

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Jarome Iginla has informed the Bruins that he will meet with other teams to see what other offers are out there.

Boston has a tight cap situation, so they may not be able to give the term and money that Iginla is seeking. On the other side, the Bruins may have to move a body or two to get Iginla, Reilly Smith and Torey Krug under contract. "We're in the midst of making these decisions and we want to see how the market plays out," GM Peter Chiarelli said. "You know, I guess my point is that these decisions may stretch into the summer, they may stretch into training camp, they may stretch into November." The decision on Iginla will have to come much sooner than that because he'll be an unrestricted free agent this coming Tuesday.