Unbeliever wrote:Speaking of new acquisitions while I don't think Iginla will resign for another year, I am not about to jump on the hate train. He was not good in the Bruins series, and marginal against the sens and the isles. But then again James Neal was terrible when he came here too, and the next year he became a 40 goal scorer. Iginla is old, which means that he adjusts slower, especially when he gets thrown into a team where he has to play on his off wing and only gets a few games to adjust before the playoffs. I know he did get back to his usual wing in one or two games but that is not nearly enough. He should have played with Crosby from the start. I really feel that Iginla got Bylsma'd. He has a lot of skill, that did not mesh well with the "system". He was amazing on the PP when he was allowed to be there and wind up that shot, then he was permanently taken off it for no real good reason but to put in James Neal who proceeded to not score a single power play goal against the Bruins. A different coach, a coach that is more used to veterans might have gotten way more out of Iggy.
Iginla put up 11pts in 13 games with the Pens for remainder of the season(5g 6a). He also put up 12pts in 15 playoff games this year 4g 8a. He did all of this playing out of his actual position.
Yeah, he had a bad series against the Bruins, but so did EVERYONE. Sid was about the worst I saw him play. Sid was sloppy and careless with the puck. Kunitz and Dupuis weren't bad per-se, but they weren't that effective. Malkin was a beast and just couldn't score. Neal was sloppy as well. Iginla played about as good as Neal and while he made some costly passes, he played fairly solid.
I would totally re-sign Iginla for the right money. If it takes $5M to sign, then no way. If they can get him for $3M, I'd do it, but chances are he's going to look for more than $3M and can easily get it from some teams.
My other issue with re-signing Iginla is if Bylsma will be back. If Iginla is to play LW, then it's not worth it. He'll constanly get unfair criticism when he isn't playing up to potential. He's older and slowed a bit, but I think it's more him being uncomfortable playing where he is.