When Milan Lucic heard last March that the Bruins might have been acquiring Jarome Iginla the power forward could not have been happier. Lucic sounded absolutely giddy about being able to put on the same uniform as the future Hall of Famer.

When the proposed trade with the Calgary Flames famously imploded with Iginla choosing the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Bruins Lucic bit his tongue along with the rest of the team. He did so again when the B’s stunningly swept the Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals with Iginla part of group of high-end Pittsburgh talent that was held off the scoreboard in the series. There was no rubbing salt in the wounds of a player who is as respected as anyone in the NHL.

When Lucic learned the Iginla had signed with Bruins as a free agent in July he almost couldn’t believe it.

“First I kind of laughed” said Lucic who made his first appearance at a B’s informal practice yesterday at Ristuccia Arena. “But it’s great. He’s a great player. He hasn’t scored (530) goals by accident. I think a lot of people kind of doubted him and the way that he played at the end of the year. But he’s a guy with a lot of pride and a guy that competes hard. I feel he’s a guy who is going to step in here and he’s one of those fresh faces.

“It seems like he’s real excited about being a part of the Boston Bruins and that’s what you want to see for a future Hall of Famer.”

Not only will Lucic be in the same locker room as Iginla it’s a good bet that with Nathan Horton gone after signing as a free agent with the Columbus Blue Jackets they will be linemates. While coach Claude Julien will not be revealing the lines for some time Iginla would certainly seem like the perfect fit on a right wing next to center David Krejci and across from Lucic.

“Horty was a right-handed shot and so is Iggy and if you were going to make a good guess you’d say he’d fit in pretty well with us” Lucic said. “Horty was a great shooter and (Iginla) is one of the best goalscorers in the last 15 years.

“You hope that it fits and you hope the chemistry is there from Day One.”

If there is anything Lucic would like to recreate for the upcoming season it would be his playoff performance from last spring when he helped the team go as deep as Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Chicago Blackhawks. Coming out of the lockout Lucic’s regular-season performance sputtered to the point that Julien had to make him a healthy scratch late in the 48-game campaign. In the postseason Lucic notched seven goals and 12 assists in 22 games and if not for his inspired play in Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs the B’s would not have gotten out of the first round.

“There’s no worse feeling than losing in the Stanley Cup finals” Lucic said.

“But on a personal note I felt pretty good about where my game was so you just want to pick up where you left off.”