Jarome Iginla will have to take hefty pay cut to chase the Stanley Cup

Penguins forward Jarome Iginla checks Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk during Game 4 of the NHL...

Penguins forward Jarome Iginla checks Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk during Game 4 of the NHL Eastern Conference final at TD Garden in Boston, June 7, 2013. (JESSICA RINALDI/Reuters)

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:58 AM ET

We’re less than a month away from finding out what sort of price Jarome Iginla is willing to put on winning a Stanley Cup.

 If he’s as serious about capping his career with a gaudy ring as he’s led us to believe, then the Calgary Flames legend is going to have to take a drastic pay-cut to do so.

While it was always clear the 35-year-old Iginla wouldn’t toil for his standard US$7-million after this NHL season, what’s clear now is the haircut he’ll have to take to chase a Cup is far greater than he likely ever fathomed.

Not just because his stock took a hit as part of the Pittsburgh Penguins four-game faceplant, but because it’ll be hard for the handful of legit Cup contenders to shoehorn his skill-set and market value into their lineup.

Make no mistake, almost every team in the league would be interested in adding a hall-of-fame player and personality like Iginla.


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