Surprise as Bruins Sign Jerome Iginla to a 1-Year Deal

Ken Bell

Bruins news release…

Boston, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, July 5, that the club has signed forward Jarome Iginla to a one year contract through the 2013-14 season.  Iginla's base salary is worth $1,800,000 and carries incentives of $4,200,000, for an annual cap figure of $6,000,000.

Chiarelli and Iginla will be available on a conference call on Saturday, July 6 at 12:00 noon. The call-in details will be posted by the Bruins Communications Staff on the Bruins Media Website when they are confirmed. (Log-in information:, e-mail:, password: media)

In addition, the Bruins signed goaltender Chad Johnson to a one-year, one-way contract, forward Bobby Robins to a two-year, two-way contract, forward Nick Johnson to a one-year, two-way deal and defenseman Mike Moore to a two-way, one-year contract.  Chad Johnson's salary is worth an annual cap figure of $600,000.  Robins salary is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level while Nick Johnson's contract is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $200,000 at the AHL level. Moore's contract is worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $150,000 at the AHL level.

Iginla entered the 2012-13 campaign having scored 30+ goals in 11 consecutive seasons and had led the Calgary Flames in scoring for the last 11 seasons, which is an NHL record for leading the same franchise in scoring, before joining the Pittsburgh Penguins via trade on March 28, 2013. He is a two-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard winner (leading NHL goal scorer) and captured the Art Ross Trophy in 2001-02 (Most Valuable). He has twice scored 50 goals in a season, most recently in 2007-08 when he recorded 98 points on 50 goals and 48 assists. He has played in all 82 games during the regular season in each of the last five full NHL seasons.

The 36-year-old has played in 1,232 career games – 1,219 with Calgary and 13 with Pittsburgh – and has registered 530 goals, 576 assists (1,106 points) with 840 penalty minutes in his 16 regular seasons in the NHL.  His 530 goals rank 32nd all time (third among active players) and his 1,106 points rank 57th (fifth among active players).

In the postseason, the NHL veteran has skated in 69 playoff games with 32 goals and 29 assists for 61 points. He played in 15 postseason games with the Penguins this season and tallied four goals and eight assists.

Last season, the 6'1'', 210-pound winger had 14 goals and 19 assists in 44 games (9-13=22 totals with Calgary and 5-6=11 totals with Pittsburgh).

On the international level, Iginla has twice won gold medals for Team Canada in both 2002 and 2010. In 2010, he led the competition in goals with five and had the game-winning assist in the gold medal game against the United States.

Iginla was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the first round (11th overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to the Flames from Dallas with Corey Millen for Joe Nieuwendyk on December 19, 1995. On March 28, 2013 the Calgary Flames traded Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Kenneth Agostino, Ben Hanowski and Pittsburgh's 2013 first round draft pick.

In four regular season games with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2012-13, Chad Johnson posted a 2-0-2 record with a 1.21 goals against average and a .954 save percentage with one shutout.

The 27-year-old netminder saw action in six games with the New York Rangers from 2009-11, posting a 1-2-1 record, giving him a career goals against average of 1.97 and a .929 save percentage. In total, Johnson has played in 10 NHL games and has recorded a 3-2-3 record.

The goaltender appeared in a total of 170 American Hockey League games from 2009-13 with the Hartford Wolfpack, Connecticut Whale and Portland Pirates, compiling a 74-70-12 record. In 2009-10, Johnson set a career-high with 24 wins as a member of Hartford Wolfpack (AHL), where he posted a 2.54 goals against average and a .911 save percentage.

The 6'3'', 195-pound native of Calgary, Alberta was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fifth round (125th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. The Penguins traded the rights to Johnson to the New York Rangers on June 27, 2009 in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and Phoenix signed Johnson as a free agent in 2013.

Bobby Robins has skated the past two seasons (2011-13) with the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League) and appeared in 107 games, registering six goals and 17 assists for 23 points. In 2012-13, the forward racked up 316 penalty minutes (career high), which led both the P-Bruins and the AHL. Robins also led Providence in PIM's in 2011-12, amassing 150 penalty minutes in 33 games.

The 31-year-old has skated in 212 AHL games in his career, recording 17 goals and 28 assists while accruing 610 penalty minutes.

In 12 AHL playoff games with Providence this year, Robins earned a goal and an assist with 69 penalty minutes, which led the league.

The 6'1'', 220-pound forward is from Peshtigo, Wisconsin and played his collegiate hockey at UMass-Lowell.

Nick Johnson skated in 17 games in 2013 for the Phoenix Coyotes, recording four goals and two assists for six points with a plus-three rating.  The 27-year-old forward played in 10 games for Pittsburgh from 2009-11 and 77 games for Minnesota in 2011-12. In total, the winger has accrued 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points in 104 NHL games.

He appeared in combined 183 AHL games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (169 games) and the Portland Pirates (14 games) from 2007-13, recording 53 goals and 17 assists with 142 penalty minutes.

The 6'1'', 183-pound native of Calgary, Alberta was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round (67th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Wild on September 29, 2011 before signing a one-year, two-way contract with Phoenix on July 11, 2012.

Mike Moore joins the Bruins organization after spending the previous year in the Predators system, playing in 50 games for Milwaukee Admirals. The 28-year-old notched five goals and 11 assists for 16 points with Milwaukee, while accumulating 42 penalty minutes. Prior to Nashville, Moore spent four seasons in the San Jose organization, skating in 253 games for the Worcester Sharks from 2007-12, tallying 14 goals and 58 assists while racking up 365 penalty minutes.  While with the Sharks, Moore appeared in six NHL games with San Jose, potting one goal with seven PIM's.

The blueliner has skated in 27 AHL postseason games, earning one goal and one assist with 33 penalty minutes.

Moore checks in at 6'1'' and weighs 206 pounds. The Calgary, Alberta native spent 2004-08 with the Princeton University Tigers before signing with the San Jose Sharks as a free agent on April 8, 2008. On July 3, 2012 the Nashville Predators signed Moore as a free agent.

TRANSACTION: Boston Bruins sign forward Jarome Iginla, goaltender Chad Johnson to a one-year contract, forward Bobby Robins to a two-year two-way contract, forward Nick Johnson to a one-year two-way contract and defenseman Mike Moore to a two-way, one-year contract.