BOSTON -- Jarome Iginla had been in Calgary for each of the 16 training camps throughout his NHL career, so you’ll excuse the 36-year-old if things feel a little different while going through the paces with the Black and Gold in Boston. Iginla moved his family to the Boston area a few weeks early just to get acclimated to the new city, and now he’s excited to get things moving on the ice.
Iginla will be in a practice group with David Krejci and Milan Lucic to start camp, so it would be appear he’ll fill that right wing hole left by Nathan Horton to start things off in Boston. For a right-shot power forward still capable of scoring 25-plus goals with his elite finishing touch, skating alongside Krejci and Lucic will be a boon to his offensive numbers.
The future Hall of Famer should also be an igniter for Boston’s formerly stagnant power play while averaging 12 power play goals per season over the last 12 full years, and that alone could help elevate Boston into some higher offensive ground.
“It’s the NHL and I’m always looking forward to playing again,” said Iginla. “You can tell the guys are confident, but they’re also willing to put in the work. You can tell all the guys are in great shape, and it starts with Zee. They don’t come in much better shape than him and [Dennis Seidenberg].
“Guys are relaxed, but you can tell they have that swagger and confidence that they’re a good club. It’s fun to join in on that. I’m definitely not joining in feeling they need too much leadership here. I don’t plan on just being a fly on the wall, either, but the biggest thing is playing hard and competing, and I just want to be a part of that. I just want it to be natural.”
If Iginla is already picking up on the Black and Gold swagger after just going through the shuttle runs and exercise bike fitness testing, it will be interesting to see what happens when he gets on the TD Garden frozen sheet on Thursday.