Jarome Iginla to Bruins: Calgary Flames Nearly Trade Superstar to Boston
UPDATE: Thursday, Mar. 27 at 1:50 a.m. ET by Ben Chodos
After it was widely reported that Jarome Iginla would become a Boston Bruin, the news promptly changed. As the Pittsburgh Penguins announced via Penguins.NHL.com, the team has finalized a deal to acquire Iginla:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Ben Hanowski, Kenny Agostino and a 2013 first-round draft pick, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
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Bob McKenzie of TSN, is reporting that the Bruins will send Alexander Khokhlachev, Matt Bartkowski and a conditional first-round pick Calgary's way, pending Iginla re-signing with Boston:
Unconfirmed but BOS-CGY appears to be Khokhlachev/Bartkowski/conditional 1st round pick for Iginla. 1st rder conditional on Iggy re-signing.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 28, 2013
Though it may seem like a shock to some, the writing had been on the wall for Iginla's departure for some time. He was scratched from Wednesday night's lineup amid trade rumors, which sparked a flurry of speculation that Calgary had finally pulled the trigger.
With the deal in place, Iginla's long and storied relationship with the Flames franchise has come to an end. Drafted by the Stars in 1995, Iginla was traded to Calgary that December before ever stepping on the ice for Dallas and almost instantly became a fan favorite.
Trading Jarome Iginla: Good or Bad for the Flames?
The youngster began his NHL career with the Flames with 50 points in his first season, and the rest as they say is history. He has spent each of his 16 professional seasons in a Flames uniform, becoming their all-time leader in points, goals and games played en route to taking the captain's sweater in 2003-04. A six-time NHL All-Star, Iginla was the league's leading goal scorer twice and is arguably the greatest player in Calgary's history.
Needless to say, this trade was not a decision the franchise took lightly. But with the Flames likely heading toward their fourth consecutive season of missing the playoffs, it became clear something had to be done.
Iginla had to be moved so the team could move on from that era and find his heir apparent.
Meanwhile, the Bruins hope Iginla can help reinvigorate a stagnating attack. Boston ranks just 12th in the NHL with 2.7 goals per game thus far, and the team's power play percentage is 25th at just 15.1. Though a 35-year-old Iginla will not single-handedly fix those ills, his presence will help a Bruins squad that's very much in the Stanley Cup race.
It's a move that undoubtedly comes with heavy hearts on both sides, but this trade is a mutually beneficial way for Iginla and Calgary to end their storied relationship.
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