Haggerty: Iginla still 'elite, offensive talent'

Haggerty: Iginla still 'elite, offensive talent'
July 6, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Anyone who follows hockey knows Jarome Iginla. With 530 goals and 1106 points in 17 seasons, he’s one of the greatest players of his generation.

The right winger became a Bruin Friday night, signing a one-year deal with the team that prevented him from his second career Stanley Cup appearance after turning them down at this past season’s trade deadline for greener pastures in Pittsburgh.

The 36-year old Iginla showed tremendous signs of his age in this year’s Eastern Conference final, being held pointless by the Bruins as a member of the Penguins, showing little signs of the player that won two Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard trophies as the NHL’s leading goal-scorer.

So what will Iginla bring to the B’s lineup? And is he still an effective top-six forward?

“He’s still an elite, offensive talent,” said CSNNE.com Bruins insider Joe Haggerty, “a guy who can score 20 goals and can finish with the best of them.”

Haggerty feels a full training camp, which Iginla didn’t have last season as a result of the NHL lockout, will aid the longtime Calgary Flame, who put up a 32-35—67 line in 2011-2012, the last time the full 82-game schedule was used in the NHL.

He projects to fill the slot left open by the departure of Nathan Horton on the Bruins top line alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci. Iginla brings the gritty, physical game Horton provided the Bruins for the past three seasons with a similar scoring touch and net-front presence. The big difference between the two players is compete-level, an area in which Horton has been criticized for lacking going back to his days with the Florida Panthers.

For more of what Haggerty had to say, click the video above.