The Boston Bruins are still working on a new contract for pending free agent Jarome Iginla, but are prepared for the possibility that he'll go elsewhere come July 1.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held court with reporters on Friday before the NHL draft, saying the front office is still talking to Iginla about returning next season.
"Jarome wants to stay and we're trying to find a spot for him," he said. "We're both big boys. If we can't, we can't, but certainly we're both trying to work at it."
Several reports have indicated that the Bruins are up against the cap for next season and have had difficulty trying to fit a deal for Iginla under the ceiling for next season.
Iginla signed a one-year contract with the Bruins last July 1 worth $1.8 million, reaching $6 million with performance bonuses.
In 78 games with the Bruins, he scored 30 goals and added 31 assists with a plus-34 rating.
In 1,310 career games with the Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins and Bruins, Iginla has 560 goals and 607 assists for 1167 points.