For Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, building a 2013-14 roster that can match, and maybe exceed, the accomplishments of the 2012-13 edition required committing to proven, older assets rather than waiting for potential to bloom.
The Bruins decided they could no longer wait for forward Tyler Seguin, the second pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, to fulfill his potential, and so now they'll be looking to veterans Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson to pick up the slack in the upcoming season.
Iginla signed a one-year, incentive-laden contract Friday with the Bruins on the first day of free agency. The 36-year-old's initial salary-cap charge will be $1.8 million, but he can earn $4.2 million more in incentives. Eriksson, the centerpiece of the package the Bruins acquired from the Dallas Stars for Seguin, will turn 28 this month and carries a cap charge of $4.25 million, according to CapGeek.com.