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Report: highly anticipated Jarome Iginla trade not happening tonight

Mar 27, 2013, 11:18 PM EDT

We can all relax for one night, at least. There appears to be no announcement coming tonight about a possible blockbuster Jarome Iginla trade that could see the Boston Bruins pick up the long-time Calgary Flames captain.

Rumors have been circulating for some time now about Iginla’s future in Calgary.

The speculation hit a fever pitch Wednesday when it was first reported that Iginla, who has 525 goals in 1,219 career game with the Flames, was a healthy scratch from Calgary’s lineup against the Colorado Avalanche.

His absence from the Flames’ lineup Wednesday was the first time since the 2006-07 season that Iginla had missed a regular season game for Calgary.

Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald reported that a trade between the Flames and Bruins for Iginla was imminent and that coming to Calgary as part of the deal would be a first-round pick and prospects Matt Bartkowski, a defenseman, and Alex Khoklachev, a center.

Of course, there were conflicting reports that a deal could come down tonight, which would’ve stolen the headlines across the hockey landscape.

Amid all the rumors and speculation, the Bruins, Stanley Cup champs just two years ago, appear to be the frontrunners in the Iginla sweepstakes.

However, it’s also been reported that the L.A. Kings and Chicago Blackhawks are interested in acquiring Iginla, who is 35 years old and has nine goals and 22 points in 31 games this season for Calgary.

Iginla is a $7 million cap hit this season and is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Iginla, originally a first-round pick, 11th overall, of the Dallas Stars in 1995, began his NHL career in Calgary in the 1996-97 season. In 2004, he helped the Flames to within one win of the Stanley Cup, but that prize went to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7.

  1. esracerx46 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    ” the LA Kings and Chicago Blackhawks are interested… ” I’m pretty sure all 29 teams are interested in a player of Iginla’s ilk. Thats a lot to give up for a rental though. Not too sure I’d mortgage that much of the future. I know I’m going to get down thumbed by Bruins fans but it seems like too much of a knee jerk to keep up with Pittsburgh when I dont think they need Iginla that badly.

    • nunan - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      He is not a rental. Whatever team he goes to is not going to give up blue chip prospects while thinking he is going to walk at the end of the year. Iginla isn’t going to move from team to team. That’s not the type of player he is, considering he spent 16 with one team. Does anyone really think he is going to bounce around every year? He had a short list of teams because he wants to go to these places…why would he then want to leave? He’ll sign a short-term deal and stick with that team, in this case the Bruins. I think the price is justified.

  2. deezenucks - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Don’t accept Iggy! Hold out for Subban at least. You deserve a cup but the bruins won’t get past the pens.

  3. killerpgh - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Hopefully this delay will give another GM time to raise the price of Iggy. I would expect the Flames what more than Bartkowski as part of that trade. Bartkowski is their 11th ranked defensive prospect according to one website. But he is a Pittsburgh boy so that’s a plus.

  4. hockeyflow33 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    TSN, (Aaron Ward), is saying it’s done

  5. nezbone - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    The deal is done – nice reporting!

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:48 AM

      Haha so incorrect 90 minutes later

  6. bcisleman - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    If the terms are accurate, it just proves what a fool Feaster is. He HAD to get a goalie or goalie prospect who would be a viable #1 for CAL’s future. If not Subban, he had to get Khudobin. Could have sent back the legendary Joey McDonald for Bs to use as backup.

  7. nezbone - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    ….and Iggy, you deserve more than anyone the chance to win a cup. You’re the best thing that has happened to Calgary sports in the last 10 years. All the best and we’ll all be cheering for you no matter what.

  8. hockeyflow33 - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Nothing was accurate with anything surrounding Iginla tonight

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