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Iginla: ‘I wish the Flames the absolute best’

Mar 28, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

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With everyone still getting used to the idea of Jarome Iginla being a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the star forward addressed the media this afternoon.

From the sounds of it, Iginla will need some time to wrap his head around the change too.

While talking about some of the strong offensive teams the Calgary Flames have had over the years, his face began to light up. Caught up in his reminiscing he continued, “and now we still, we have a good – well,” he paused before correcting himself, “the Flames have…”

Although he was originally drafted by the Dallas Stars, the 35-year-old spent his entire tenure in the NHL with the Calgary Flames until now.

“I wish the Flames the absolute best,” Iginla said, according to Helene Elliott.

Still, as fondly as he might remember the past and as much of a connection as he has with Calgary, he’s also looking forward to what’s next.

He’s not sure what his role will be with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he’s fine with whatever it is.

“It’s kind of like going to a Team Canada thing or an Olympic thing,” Iginla suggested, which is flattering, but sounding less ridiculous by the day. The Penguins already had a team flush with stars before Iginla and they’ve also added Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray in separate trades.

“I’d love to get my first crack at (the Cup),” Iginla added based on the Penguins’ transcript. “Pittsburgh is great organization. Firepower and chemistry they have. I’ll try to help win.”


With added expectations, how will the Penguins handle the pressure?

So who are the guys Calgary got for Iginla?

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  1. sjsblitz - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Pending trades/signings for the Pens: Tom Brady, Phil Jackson, Danica Patrick, Derek Jeter, and Lebron James

  2. gamechanger87 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Look at this character guy PGH got. Fits in well with the overall demeanor here, Pens are sexy and they know it. Welcome to the New Age!

  3. buffbry - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Since being drafted by them in 1995, he has played 1,219 NHL games with the Calgary Flames. This is the first time the 35-year-old will be wearing another NHL team’s jersey.

    Pretty sure he was drafted by the Dallas and traded for joe GM

    • edwelsh8 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      He was drafted by the Stars. And he never played a game for them.

  4. 5hole26 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    the franchise keeps rolling over every team. we deserve respect from all you peasants

    • Scott Messer - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Your name is apt.

      Go Pens!

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

      Crass still comes in over class in Pittsburgh.

      • handsofsweed - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        Really? You’re REALLY stupid enough to fall for his trick? I will enlighten you: dude isn’t a Pens fan. He’s a fan of a rival team that knows he can pose as a Pens fan, say obnoxious, over the top, arrogant crap and then sit back and laugh while people bash Pittsburgh fans bc of it.

        Here’s another nugget for you. It happens on Pro Football Talk too, only it seems that every fan base has an unbelievably arrogant jagoff that does the same stuff.

    • coronakid76 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      As long as Cindy is your captain, and he continues to cry like he does (add diving to his resume also) Pittsburgh will never be respected.

  5. bruinsfan19 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Obviously not if he preferred the pens who didn’t have as good as an offer for him a the Bruins(According to Feaster) they would’ve taken the B’s deal

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      He gave everything he had for this organization since his first game back in spring of 96, the organization owed him the chance to choose his destination (especially since he waived his NTC which he didn’t have to do) I’m sure it’s no different then what went down with Ray Borque when he was dealt to Colorado.

  6. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    He also said “Calgary hasn’t seen the last of me, one way or another”. I can’t imagine the life of a hockey player (yes I know, the millions help) – you could tell during the entire interview what a class act Iginla is, and how this is hitting him – one of the reporters just about mad the guy cry by thanking him for being so classy over the years.

    Lace ’em up, pardner. Can’t wait to see him in the Burgh.

  7. puckmepuckyou - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Pens are crazy stacked now. Does this mean they are gonna let Malkin go this summer? Either way it’s going to be kick ass playoff hockey this year. Can’t wait to see Pitt/Boston. Pitt/Mont games as they jockey for position

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Malkin’s contract is good for another year, so is Letangs. So as far as all that goes they could probably sign Iginla to another 1 year contract after this, with some shuffling.

      • edwelsh8 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        But would Iginla want to sign a 1 year deal?

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        Probably about as much as Doan did.

      • edwelsh8 - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        Right, which is why Doan signed a 4 year deal. I will be very surprised if Iginla goes for a 1 year contract

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        As crazy as it may sound, if he wins a cup this year I wouldn’t be entirely shocked if he resigned with Calgary in July. Of course that’s my wishful thinking as a Flames fan who’s disappointed to see the face of the franchise go, even though this rebuild is long overdue.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        I’m not sure you’re the only one that feels that way. Think about it though – for what Calgary got…if he ends up being here for what, 3 months? Plus, his wife and kids aren’t uprooted – once he actually moves his family, then I’ll believe he’s out of Calgary. That’ll be interesting.

  8. asyd1827 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Actually, he was drafted by the Stars 11th overall and was traded to Calgary that December.

  9. fortwaynekomets - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    It’s sad what hockey has come to… such a business…. where teams like PITTSBURGH buy a STANLEY CUP. that cannot be respected from any angle. I hope they lose 1st round sweep. if they win the cup its because they bought it, not earned it. #weak

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      That’s weak, alright. Everyone has the same amount of cap space, my friend.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      Stanley Cups are never bought, they are earned by coming through in 4 straight playoff series.

  10. eaglesbest - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Pitt still has week defense and an average goalie. Best forwards in the league by far I will admit that but one hot goalie and there goes all the hopes and dreams of your purchased Stanley cup.

    • theageofquarrel - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Just go away. You just keep repeating yourself. You sound like a whiner.

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

      The fact is the Pens still have cap space and it is the Flyers that have zero dollars left in cap space. So there it is proof that money can’t buy you love or a Stanley Cup.

    • coronakid76 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      As long as Crosby is protected by the League, the Pens will always have a chance. You cant touch him on the ice without getting called for some bogus penalty.

  11. valoisvipers - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    I’ll bet jersey sales in Pittsburgh are going through the roof.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      It wouldn’t surprise me if jersey sales in Calgary are going through the roof. I certainly expect to see a lot of Penguins car flags around the city over the next few months.

      • valoisvipers - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:20 AM

        Well I certainly hope that all Calgarians feel part of Iggy’s Cup with the Pens this year.

  12. kw27p - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Crosby is a pansy

  13. turtlematt18 - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    Screw you iginla. I hope you and the penguins get knocked out of the playoffs in the first round and you can cry over another year of not winning the Stanley Cup.

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