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Chiarelli: We were told we got Iginla

Mar 28, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

Peter Chiarelli AP

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has known Jay Feaster for years and has “nothing but good things to say about” the Flames’ GM.


“We were told at noon yesterday that we’d won the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes,” Chiarellia said today. “We believed that we’d had a deal.”

Of course, the Bruins didn’t end up winning the Iginla sweepstakes. That victory went to Pittsburgh.

Ultimately, it appears that Iginla — who controlled the process with a no-trade clause — was set on joining the Penguins, and there was nothing the Bruins could do about it.

Chiarelli said he requested to speak with Iginla yesterday, but that request was turned down by the Flames.

After failing to land Iginla, Chiarelli must now refocus and turn his attention to other potential acquisitions. One of those may be Sharks winger Ryane Clowe.

Another name that’s been linked to the Bruins is Edmonton defenseman Ryan Whitney.

Related: Put Iginla fiasco blame in proper place

  1. solador78 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    I wouldn’t want to work for this POS either.

    • itsallniceonice - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      I wouldn’t want to work with a miserable POS like you either.

      • solador78 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        That’s ok; we don’t hire normally crackheads like you Mr. Ice. But we’ll keep your application on file and be sure to call you if anything opens up.

  2. eaglesbest - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Then why have Boston or the other two teams on your list instead of wasting everyone’s time.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      If I remember correctly, that list was put together before the Pens made their other two moves. Those could’ve played a part in this by making the Pens the more likely team to get the Cup in Iginla’s eyes.

    • chuchie414 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      This is no different than Bourque going to the Avs or the Neidermeyer Bros (Did I spell that right?) pairing up the Cup in Anaheim. He is a vet trying to win a Cup in a closing window. Somehow no one says anything about Scott, Rob & Ray but this is seen as dishonorable. I don’t think it is at all. He went with what he sees as his best chance.

    • aldog83 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Boston or LA should go after JAGR.

      He helped a young Flyers team knock out PENS in last years playoffs.

      Look at Giroux and Hartnell line without him!

      JAGR is the guy. (Unless penguins get him too!)

      GO KINGS GO!

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        The Pens still have plenty of cap room…….I’d welcome it

  3. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    I think he’s embellishing.

    • bbgraf08 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      I’m a Bruins fan and this made me laugh

  4. titansbro - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Something stinks here. Here’s my list of 4 teams I will go to. Oh wait, now I don’t want to go to that team. Character move bro. Maybe it’s better they didn’t get him. When teams load up on stars like this it usually doesn’t wind up with a championship. Too many egos.

    • nunan - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      Ya but if it comes down to those two teams, and he has to make a choice, he has to choose one. It’s not like he said “I dont want to go to Boston”. He said “I want to go to Pitt”.

    • nicktriple6 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      The list was fabricated to generate a bidding war. Leverage. Too bad for the B’s.

      • rdurk86 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        They created a bidding war and took the worse deal. Glad Feaster had the best interest of his team in mind….

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      Iginla gave them a list of 4 teams he’d consider going to, the Flames then had the chance to negotiate with each but in the end Iginla still had to waive his NTC for a deal to be made. The Flames received acceptable offers from 2 of the teams, and gave Iginla the choice of which team he wanted to play for, again he had the hammer since he had to waive his NTC for it so ultimately it was his choice.

      It’s no different than you applying for 2 jobs, getting both and then deciding which one you want to take. For whatever reason.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      Too Many Egos?……The 02 red wings did a decent job handling quite a few, aaaannnnnd Lemieux, Jagr, Francis, Murphy, Coffey, Trottier, Recchi, Mullen etc….didn’t let their ego’s get in the way either.

    • rsmaggiemae - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      I could not agree with you more
      If Iginla only wanted to go to Pittsburgh then just spell it out, dont put any other teams on the list… I think he really shafted the Bruins and I live in Mn and am a Wild fan, but that was really shifty of him to do it this way..,… Especially when the Bruins thought they had him in the bag at midnight and then found out Oh, he wanted to go to Pittsburgh all along…. really bad…

  5. brianforster - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    honestly, im not a flames fan but if i was, this would really ruin iginla for me for a while.. id probably boo him on his return even. before this trade, the penguins werent THAT much better than the bruins and going to boston certainly would have made it pretty even. the flames could have gotten a nice little package to jump start their rebuild, and iginla would have been on a contender.

    now the flames get 1.5 nhl caliber players and what could end up being the last pick of round one.


    (as a caps fan im going to go brush my teeth now, because typing all of that felt dirty)

    • bgrillz - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      Boo him why? Because he exercised his contractual rights? The first round pick Boston offered was conditional. Shero said that was very important to Feaster. He gave it, Boston didn’t.

      • cba77 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        Don’t let the facts get in the way of your argument….it wasnt a conditional pick, it was a 1st rounder…solid

      • itsallniceonice - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        Also Iginla chose to go to Pitt.

      • rdurk86 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        You really scooped the story grillz, good work.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      I’m a Flames. Fan and this doesn’t sour me on Iginla at all, he didn’t have to waive his NTC he could have played out the year and signed with a contender next year with the Flames receiving no compensation. The Flames gave him a NTC, he had the ability to waive it to go to the team of his choice, which he did, he did absolutely nothing wrong here, and won’t hurt his standing in this city at all!

      The best return here for the Flames is the first round pick, yes it will be in the 28-30 range but if the Flames end up with a 5-8 range pick they could possibly use the Penguins pick to trade up and get a possible franchise player like Nathan MacKinnon or Seth Jones. And being able to use what you got in a true rental player deal to get a franchise player would be a massive win for the franchise.

  6. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    I was just reading that “related” article mentioned…from Haggerty:

    “Iginla showed this week that he had no interest in being a part of Boston’s run to another Stanley Cup. The best thing Bruins fans can do now is realize that Iginla is the only place where any blame sits. They’d be best served to hold it all in for a cathartic release when the legendary power forward takes the TD Garden ice to the “Imperial March” with the rest of the Yankees-like Pittsburgh lineup next month for a flexing of their dynastic muscles.”

    Interesting…..maybe class acts like that are the reason he didn’t want to come to Boston? No, no…it has to be something else….something DEEPER…a conspiracy….

    Or, it could just be that.

    • solador78 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      Maybe it had something to do with Iginla’s Nigerian roots and the treatment that Wayne Simmonds received in last year’s playoffs.

      • pepper2011 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        @soldatool- This is awesome on so many levels. Calling Boston fans racist… you sure it was Simmonds? Pretty sure simmonds wasn’t on the Caps who bounced the B’s in the first round. But Yeah, I will refer to a skin color and not realize I am a racist tool.

      • solador78 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        Sorry, Joel Ward. You’re right, it’s doubtful that anyone from Boston has ever been to the Czech Republic or anywhere else outside of Mass for that matter.

      • pepper2011 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        You continue to out tool yourself. You are right, there is not one person who went to Harvard, MIT, BU, BC or Northeastern that ever went to the Czech republic or anywhere outside MA. The whole concept that Boston is an ignorant racist city is laughable. Are there idiots here, yup, but there are also more educated and cultured people in Boston than just about anywhere else in the world. In fact MA, NH and VT are all in the Top 10 educated states.

        so what we can deduct is you are actually racist.
        you think Boston in Spring is actually the same place the the Czech republic in fall.
        You should stop posting cause you clearly have never left Buffalo.

      • solador78 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        You can’t change history. The Bruins had to officially apologize for their racist fans.

        Here’s the link:

        So put your Harvard education to work and research LOGICAL FALLACIES and come back to me when you have a valid counter-argument.

      • pepper2011 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM

        This ^ is a ridiculous statement. you are implying that every team that issues and apology because of the actions of a few people are somehow condemning an entire fan base and population.

        I believe the Catholic church has issued some apologies are all Catholics guilty?

        I could go on and on. Also, I didn’t need to research. You still need to address all the other issues you are so conveniently not replying to.

        As I said, Yes there are idiots here, but to imply that everyone or an entire city/fan base is ANY one thing is plain and simple stupid.

        The most beloved athletes in Boston over the past decade: Brady, Garnett, Pierce, Wilfork, Pedro and Ortiz and Manny.

      • solador78 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        Ok, we’re back on track now you’ve put away your Red Herrings.

        But, you’re still fooling yourself:

      • itsallniceonice - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        You just outdid yourself solador78. Quoting Gawker ahahahahahaha.

      • revansrevenant - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        Gawker as a reputable news source? Next you’ll be citing Wikipedia on your Doctoral Thesis.

      • solador78 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        Who do you think broke the Manti Te’o story?

        Deadspin > ESPN > Everybody Else

    • steelhammer92 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      Maybe it has to do with the fact that the Penguins have owned the Bruins in recent years, are a better team on paper, in the midst of a 13 game winning streak, days earlier acquired two players to improve their team, and overall just have a better chance of making it to the Finals than the Bruins, even with Iginla as a Bruin.

      • steelhammer92 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        Oh yeah.. And he gets to play with the two best centers in the game today.

      • pepper2011 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        you still only have 1 d (with a broken toe) and two average goalies. Maybe Philly will sneak in and bounce you again.

  7. theageofquarrel - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:18 PM


  8. Stiller43 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:24 PM


    I agree with you on the “loading up with stars bit” in general…BUT, morrows clearly not a star (dallas, or otherwise), and iginlas 35 (think morrow is too). They both accepted trades to the pens because they want to win now. I dont think you can come to pittsburgh expecting to be “the man,” as they have crosby, malkin, letang, kunitz (i wouldnt mention him, but for the fact he’s 3rd in the league in points), etc…you know going in, youre playing second fiddle.

    They didnt trade for rental like a semin type player who is still young and searching for a next big contract. They should be willing to play a role in an effort to win now.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      I would add to that by saying Iginla isn’t one to let his ego get in the way, never has been,, he’ll go there and do whatever it takes to help the team win not complain because they aren’t giving him a big enough role.

  9. buffalomafia - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    I hope Pittsburgh gets dumped in first round of playoffs!

    There shouldn’t be a no trade clause in any sport! If you get traded to a team u must go there & no crying about it! These players say they will only play for a contender? Well if you would have stepped up your game with prior team then maybe you wouldn’t get traded?

    • solador78 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Dude, you’ve just been traded from your job at Buffalo Wild Wings to a Delaware North-run beer stand in the AHL. Please report ASAP to pick-up your new uniform and hair net.

    • bgrillz - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      Tell that to the guy who buys a home in a city, and then on a whim, the owner ships him elsewhere, and you have to uproot your family. And Buffalomafia, your take is worse than your terrible sports teams. Yeah, because Iginla has had world class talent running along side of him. What’s the Sabres excuse for NEVER winning?

    • theageofquarrel - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      Hahahaha!!! A Buffalo fan commenting on anything. Loser city. And by the way thanks for trading Tom Barrasso to the Pens in ’88, that worked out fantastically.

    • murtdurt - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      I think Iginla put in more then enough time in the NHL and for the Calgary Flames that he should get the opportunity to pick his next team. Also I think it’s pretty ignorant to think Iggy didn’t bring 100% every night for the Flames. As for the rest of his teammates I don’t know the same argument can be made. Iggy didn’t have the team around him even if he wanted to step up and in his career he’s never played with an elite center and now he gets that opportunity. But then again what do you know? Your team has never won a cup and the your goalie goes out publicly bashes teammates. Stay classy buffalo!

  10. bgrillz - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Jarome had a choice, go to Boston and play on a line with either Bergeron or Krejci. Or go to Pittsburgh and play with Crosby or Malkin. No disrespect to those two Bruins. But it’s a no brainer. He also has a history playing in the Olympics with Crosby.

  11. revansrevenant - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Clowe would be really nice to see in a B’s sweater, slot him on the third line instead of Pandolfo and I think the third line might actually start accomplishing things again. But Ryan Whitney? Jay Bouwmeester and Keith Yandle are available and PC is looking at Ryan Whitney!? He’s older than the other two, isn’t as good, and unlike Bouwmeester and Yandle, is UFA after this season. The B’s have the assets, they have a little cap space, why not reach a little?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      Clowe is having a pretty fine season too. Has almost as many goals as Martin Brodeur.

      • superross - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        That’s Funny, thanks nothanksimdriving123 your comments are usually great for a good laugh!!! Having said that I hope the Habs can pick him up!

  12. ironmike778 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    @solador78 – do you have anything of value to add or is everything gonna be hate and idiotic comments?

    • solador78 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Please accept my sincerest apologies. I didn’t realize that someone could have taken my random internet comments on a sports news aggregator website as a threat to their personal identity.

      You’re a cool dude and I’m sorry that you’re sad that Jarome Iginla doesn’t want to go to the big dance with you. 😦

  13. tmoore4075 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    The thing I don’t like is the way they say it went silent in the afternoon. I have no problem with Iggy saying he wanted to go to Pitt. In the end it is his choice since the team gave him the NMC. But if something is going down and it’s possible he’s going to another team, Feaster should have at least had the balls to pick up the phone and say “hey this is what’s going on” if you’ve told them you had a deal.

  14. dmfc1112 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Calgary should fire Feaster before he hurts the team any worse than he just did. It sure sounded like he admitted that the Bruins were giving him a better deal. At what point did Feaster HAVE to tell Iginla that the Pens even made an offer?? Shouldn’t he have at least told Shero that the Bruins were offering more??? It just seems like he didn’t play his cards very well and let his player make the trade.

  15. pwilson264 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    how much are the pens buying the cup for

  16. nicknyhc - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Sorry Bruins! Mario just went out and bought a nice new king size bed for Iggy and Cindy to share in his house!

    Its sexy time at the Lemeiux house!

  17. letsgopens8771 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    If I were a Bruins fan, I would be fuming mad, because the last two guys I Beantown tried to get, Shero came in like a honey badger and nabbed them away.

    But I am a Pens fan and while I am excited and shocked to see the Pens go all in and get Iggy, I just hope it pays off. I just want to see where Iggy fits in with the Pens, and I hope that we might be able to keep at least one of these new guys for next year. All the same, I would love to see a number of line combos heading into the playoffs. Rolling in the gunships, baby. Yeah. The Pens and Hawks are clearly on a collision course and gearing up to take on each other in the Cup Finals in what would be a very exciting series.


    GO PENS!!!

  18. giantssb42champs - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    In my opinion Boston is a pretty racist city from my experience living there, but I’m sure that his choice not to play there has zero to do with that.

    • bakedbees - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      wearing ginuts gear around Boston will get you called many things be you black, white, yellow or red but it has nothing to do whatsoever with skin color or race. real sorry you had a bad experience but the ginuts still suck.

  19. nhstateline - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    This Boston racist thing is really tired and not true. It’s about the same as most American cities and I’ve lived in a bunch of them. The two most racist places I’ve lived (it’s a tie) Pittsburgh and Cincy. That’s my experience and as valid as anyone else’s. As for Calgary, it’d be a while before I would want the Bruins to try to deal with a low class organization like that. Giving your word and backing out ? Bad business. Don’t promise what you can’t deliver. As for Iginla, didn’t want him here before this, happy they didn’t get him and pleased to know there’s no shot he comes here next year.

  20. jimw81 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    this was a total payback to Jeremy Jacob’s lockout. I think Jacobs actually hurt boston’s chances of attracting top free agents.

    • scalfor3 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      I’m pretty sure the allure of playing with Crosby played a much bigger role than Jacobs, even though Jacobs is admittedly a huge douchenozzle.

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