According to reports, both the Detroit Red Wings and the Minnesota Wild have expressed interest in signing the 36-year-old winger if Iginla fails to re-sign with the Bruins before free agency begins on Tuesday, July 1. With the Bruins seriously up against the cap number already, money will be in very short order when it comes to signing Iginla to the type of deal he's yearning for.
Last week, Iginla's agent, Don Meehan, confirmed he was going to arrange meetings with other teams to discuss his clients future. Those teams on the open market, those with much more cap room, can offer Iginla a multi-year deal with guaranteed money, something the Bruins would have a very difficult time matching.
The forecast certainly looks stormy, as Iginla will have to decide if he wants to start over again in another city and with another team but with some extra dough and security in his pocket, or if he wants to take another discounted deal constructed with performance bonuses to be made throughout the season and gun for one more year for the Cup with the Bruins.
However, the fact still remains that both the Bruins and Iginla want to make something work to keep the future Hall of Famer in Black and Gold for the 2014-15 season. That is an advantage the Bruins have over other teams looking to sign Iginla away from Boston.
Keep it tuned to Bruins Life to stay up to date with all the happenings in the coming days.