Has Iginla Been Getting a Free Pass?

It definitely takes a special player to dawn the black and gold crest in Boston. That sweater symbolizes excellence and a legacy dating all the way back to the 1920s.

As previously stated, playing in Boston and wearing those colors have proving not to be for everyone.

When the 2013 offseason hit for the Boston Bruins, they were on the market to replace some of their top offensive weapons. After Nathan Horton signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets, their primary free-agent priority was to find a top-line winger. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and the rest of the organization had done most of their talking on the ice and it certainly attracted a certain individual.

Ironically, the organization was already salivating over this player as well. After the one-year, $6 million contract was signed, in came Jarome Iginla.

The 36-year-old future Hall of Famer has recorded over 530 goals and 580 assists throughout his illustrious career. However, the story with any athlete in any sport has become “What have you done for me lately?”

The parallels have been drawn, albeit unfairly, to Horton because that is the player that he is replacing on that top line. In 2010-11, Horton’s first season with the Bruins, he posted 26 goals and 27 assists. Iginla has only recorded four goals so far this season and he is on pace to record only 14 goals for the 2013-14 season. There is no doubt that age and the unfamiliarity with a new system may have some affect on his play. However, those excuses should not sit well with anyone especially with the career that Iginla has put forth.

He is still bringing the hits and the physical play every single night that he takes the ice. Those are the attributes that made him seem very attractive to fans when envisioning him in a Bruins sweater. Ultimately, he was brought here to score goals and improve the power play.

As of Monday, he has only two points over the last five games and the last goal that he scored was an empty-netter against the Tampa Bay Lightning back on November 11. There comes a point in time where we have to wonder if he is getting a pass with his sub-par play.

The lack of production from Iginla has been overshadowed by the stellar play of the third/fourth lines and the solid goaltending. It also helps when the team has recorded victories in seven out of the last nine games.

For all we know, he could go on a point streak and get back on pace to scoring over 25 goals this year. With over a quarter of the season in the books, Iginla has been somewhat disappointing. Let’s see if he can turn it around.


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