Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 08/05/13 at 02:27 PM ET
Via Pro Hockey Talk's Joe Yerdon, Boston Bruins forward Jarome Iginla spoke with BostonBruins.com's Caryn Switaj while training in British Columbia, and she spent two days watching Iginla prepare for the 2013-2014 season...
When the #BearTracks crew met Iginla this past week, we took in his workouts, first involving sprints, reaction time and quick footwork outdoors amidst the beautiful backdrop of the Okanagan Valley. He certainly looked "great" then, showing his competitive nature and racing his younger brother, Stephen, who trains with him in the summer, both with the sprints and in the weight room.
On the ice the next day, Iginla showcased the skills Bruins fans will first see come September and October in Black & Gold. He works with a skating coach every summer to keep honing the intricate details of his game, including skating, edge work, stickhandling, balance and shooting.
And she found out that Iginla doesn't plan on spending a single season in Boston:
The biggest takeaway for me, though, after he graciously invited us into his summer routine, was seeing his motivation and positivity firsthand. His genuine professionalism and his drive to be better, to me, was overwhelmingly apparent this week.
"I’m absolutely very thrilled to come and be a part of the Bruins," said Iginla, following his on-ice skills session. "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. 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's current deal is for one year, with a base salary of $1.8 million and performance bonuses built in up to $4.6 million. The Bruins can go over the cap in combined player performance bonuses up to $4.8 million, allowing General Manager Peter Chiarelli more breathing room than, say, a $6 million base salary one-year deal.
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