Boston Bruins

Don’t call it a comeback. But winger Jarome Iginla looks like he still wants to play at age 40 – and he could have a chance to make it back with the Bruins.

The 20-year NHL veteran was spotted skating with the AHL’s Providence Bruins on Tuesday. That doesn’t mean he’s signed any kind of contract with the Bruins organization – in fact, he said “I don’t have any deals yet,” according to Mark Divver of the Providence Journal. But he at least got a chance to come in for a workout, and the 40-year-old clearly believes he still has something left in the tank.

Iginla underwent hip surgery four months ago, according to Divver.

As you may remember, Iginla formed the right side of a formidable line in his lone season with the Bruins in 2013-14. He flanked David Krejci’s right wing (with Milan Lucic on the left) and potted 30 goals to go with 31 assists and an impressive plus-34 rating in 78 games. Despite a relatively disappointing playoff run for the President’s Trophy-winning Bruins that season, he led the team with five goals in 12 postseason games.

There’s zero indication that Iginla still has enough to crack an NHL roster, let alone be productive for the Bruins at the NHL level. But if he can regain some of his old magic, he could have a chance to slide right back into the ring wing with Krejci and give the Bruins some much-needed size, scoring ability, and veteran presence at that spot.

But until Iginla at least signs some kind of deal, it’s all just speculation. It’s still pretty interesting to see him skating in Providence, considering the Bruins’ needs ahead of the NHL trade deadline.

UPDATE: Clearly, Divver noticed that his tweet went viral. He later added that a source told him Iginla’s skate with Providence was more of a “favor for an ex-Bruin” who lives in Boston, rather than a sign of legitimate interest on Causeway St.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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