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Jarome Iginla trade: Flames ‘grateful for everything our captain has done’

Mar 28, 2013, 3:18 AM EDT

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The Jarome Iginla era in Calgary ended Wednesday.

The Flames dealt their captain to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for prospects Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski and the Penguins’s 2013 first round pick.

The news officially broke following the Flames 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in a game between the two worst teams in the Western Conference.

“We, as an organization, are grateful for everything our captain has done. We’ve missed the [Stanley Cup Playoffs] the last three years, we are in very tight spot right now as far as qualifying for the playoffs and we have Jarome in the final year of his contract,” Flames general manager Jay Feaster told reporters in Calgary.

“This is not why I came to Calgary, to be the guy to trade Jarome Iginla.

“It’s an unfortunate and difficult part of this business. It was tough. I’ve only known Jarome for the three years I have been here, and Jarome has been very good to me. They are tough conversations to have.”

Iginla, 35, was originally drafted in the first-round, 11th overall, of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars.

He became a member of the Flames via a trade in December of 1995. The Stars dealt Iginla to Calgary for Joe Nieuwendyk.

In 1,219 career regular season games with the Flames, he scored 525 goals and 1,095 points.

Iginla was a healthy scratch for Wednesday’s game against Colorado, prompting a wave of speculation that a trade was imminent.

“He’s been such a presence on this team, for this city, this organization, for so long,” Flames forward Michael Cammalleri told the Calgary Herald.

“It will be different, for sure, without him.”


  1. hockeyflow33 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    I speak for all of New England, minus western CT, when I say ugh

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    Relax Jay! It’s not like you just traded Gretzky.

    • 19to77 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:43 AM

      In the eyes of Flames loyalists…

  3. 19to77 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    Try “literally had to be done.” Jarome was gone at year’s end, period. The Flames are further from contention than the freaking Flyers. There’s nothing to do but bite the bullet at that point. He had submitted a trade list and everything.

  4. theageofquarrel - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:02 AM


  5. 950003cups - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    The Pens just painted a giant bullseye on themselves.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      as if it werent already there

  6. spavs412 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    I thought 13 straight and the two best players in the league painted that ^^ lol

  7. mrpigs - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Ill trade you iggy for a spork and a mustard packet! About the same deal

  8. mathieug79 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Hey PHT, you should do a story about the return the flames got for Iginla. NO ONE ever heard of these guys?

    • mathieug79 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Thanks for listening!! (y)

  9. gamechanger87 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Shero, the master gamechanger, has once again embarrassed the entire NHL by outsmarting/outpredicting everyone. PGH IS CUPSTRONG!

  10. nananatman - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    You were a class act Igs much respect

  11. fortwaynekomets - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    He should of retired a Flame. he had his chance at a STANLEY CUP GAME 7 and came up short in 04′.

    Penguins are just buying a Stanley Cup and I hope they get eliminated 1st round for doing so!

    • don444 - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      I’m no Penguins fan, but what the hell is supposedly wrong with trying to do everything you can to pursue the sport’s ultimate goal? He should have retired a Flame? Why, because your widdle heart just can’t deal with the possible reality of something else? Sentiment is great in its place, but the only thing that’s guaranteed in this world is that you’ll leave it someday and that’s not a concept that anyone over 12 should find particularly difficult to grasp. Lots of things happen that are seemingly not what they should be (our individual judgments are anything but unimpeachable in such matters), so get over it. You’ve thoroughly embarrased yourself with such a whiny and idiotic posting and should be utterly ashamed.

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