Iginla wants to be a Bruin 'longer than one year'

Iginla wants to be a Bruin 'longer than one year'
August 5, 2013, 2:30 pm
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It wasn't too long ago that Jarome Iginla thought playing in Pittsburgh instead of Boston would give him a better shot at winning the Stanley Cup. Now, he thinks Boston is better not just for this year, but longer.

Iginla told the Boston Bruins website that if all goes well, he would like to be back in Boston longer than the one year he is signed through.

"I’ve heard great things about the city and hopefully things go really well and we have a great year as a team and I’d like to play there longer than one year," Iginla said.

Iginla signed a one-year deal with the Bruins this offseason with a base salary of $1.8 million and performance bonuses that can amount to $4.6 million.

Iginla was nearly a Bruin during the team's Stanley Cup run, but turned down a deal to Boston in favor of one to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bruins made him regret his decision, as they swept the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals.

"I’m absolutely very thrilled to come and be a part of the Bruins," Iginla said. "The experiences of trying to win a Stanley Cup, but it’s also more than that. It’s to try and come and be a part of the team."

Iginla, who turned 36 on July 1, said he feels "great" heading into his 17th NHL season. While his contract expires at the end of the season, Iginla said, "hopefully, it can go longer."