By Mike Harrington
The Boston Bruins thought they had Jarome Iginla at the trade deadline. They didn't, as the veteran went to Pittsburgh at the last minute. But with Nathan Horton gone today to Columbus, the Bruins had another opening on the wing and this time they got their man.
Iginla left the Penguins and signed with the Bruins Friday night as the dollars kept flying during NHL free agency. According to ESPN.com and TSN, it's a one-year contract with a $1.8 million base salary that features performance bonuses that could take Iginla up to $6 million. The low base salary gives the Bruins more wriggle room in their need to sign goaltender Tuukka Rask to a long-term deal.
The evening's other big name moving also left Pittsburgh, as rugged winger Matt Cooke signed a three-year, $7.5 million deal with Minnesota. Memo to Thomas Vanek: If you're thinking about returning to your collegiate home state and signing with the Wild as a free agent next summer, the Wild would likely have to make room for you by dumping either/or of Dany Heatley or old friend Jason Pominville.
The top unsigned names as of this writing? Among skaters, it's bought-out Toronto center Mikhail Grabovski, old friends Derek Roy of Vancouver and Brad Boyes of the Islanders, the Detroit duo of Damien Brunner and Dan Clearly -- either of whom would look good in Buffalo Blue and gold -- and Vancouver's Mason Raymond.
Among goaltenders, if you dare, you can still sign Tim Thomas, Ilyz Bryzgalov, Jose Theodore or Johan Hedberg. Good luck there.
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