In case you missed the news earlier this week, former Boston Bruins forward Jarome Iginla has been practicing with the team’s AHL affiliate the Providence Bruins all week long.
The future Hockey Hall of Famer hasn’t played an NHL game since last April with the Los Angeles Kings. Since then he’s been recovering form an offseason surgery and working to get himself into game shape for a playoff run with a Stanley Cup contender.
The 40-year-old has a remarkable 627 goals and 1300 points in 1554 NHL games and is just four years removed from a 30 goal campaign with the Bruins in 2013-14. He put up 14 goals just last season with the Kings and Colorado Avalanche. It's clear the old dog still has some fight left in him.
Yesterday, Iginla broke his silence for the first time since joining the Providence Bruins saying, “'I’d love to still play. This is kind of the 1st step, getting out here and seeing how it is... I wanted to see if I can still go. I don’t have any deals at this point.”
Today, Iginla spoke directly to the Bruins' fanbase and described his time with the team's farm club:
Come on, Iggy! Make the comeback! While he’s not the player he used to be, he could still be a valuable winger for a playoff contender like the Bruins… or how about his former Calgary Flames? The former Flames captain was the team’s heart and soul for over 15 seasons and with Jaromir Jagr now out of the picture, is the team’s fanbase ready to add another legend to the fold?
One thing’s for sure: the NHL is a better league with Iginla in it. Here’s hoping he can find a landing place before Monday’s deadline.