Posted 18 June 2012 - 11:40 AM
If they can maneuver a deal to get Thomas's cap hit off their books, IMO Iginla makes even more sense than Doan, despite costing additional talent.
With Doan being a 35+ contract on his next deal, it would give me pause in committing to him long-term (unless the CBA is changed significantly in that regard, which I don't expect). Doan's averaged 20 goals and 55 points the last three seasons on a moderately defensively-minded team, and as TFP mentioned I think there is little chance he leaves Phoenix.
On the flip side, Iginla's averaged about 35 goals and 75 points on a more offensively-geared squad, but his centers have been a sputtering Mike Cammalleri, Olli Jokinen, and Brendan Morrison. Iginla hasn't notched less than 30 goals since 1999-00, when he had 29. He's averaged over 12 PPG per season in the last seven seasons without any notable puckmovers on his PP units.
PPG by year, starting with this past season:
Iginla: 8, 14, 10, 10, 15, 13, 17
Bruins' leader: 8 (Chara), 8 (Chara, Ryder), 8 (Recchi), 11 (Chara), 10 (Sturm), 14 (Bergeron), 12 (Bergeron)
If the Bruins are looking to add leadership, not commit long-term to an aging player or an albatross like Rick Nash, improve what has been an unacceptable power play, and have cap room to re-sign Lucic, Seguin, and Marchand after this coming season, Iginla's their guy IMO.