While the Boston Bruins were sad to see Jarome Iginla go, they weren’t exactly surprised.

The 37-year-old winger signed a reported three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, the first day of NHL free agency.

Although Iginla expressed interest in resigning with the Black and Gold, the team couldn’t provide him with that type of security because of a lack of salary-cap space, which Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli called “unfortunate.”

Check out NESN reporter Jamie Erdahl’s interview with Chiarelli in the video above.