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Report: Flames preferred Bruins’ deal, Iginla picked Pens

Mar 28, 2013, 8:04 AM EDT

Jarome Iginla (L) jokes with Sidney Crosby on the bench during the second practice of the Team Canada Olympic Orientation Camp on August 24, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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The dust is settling on a wild night where reports initially linked former Calgary Flames captain to the Boston Bruins only for him to eventually be shipped to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

As it turns out, Iginla might have been even closer to becoming the latest member of the Boston Bruins than some might assume.

The Bruins actually made the stronger offer for Iginla in the Flames’ eyes, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. However Iginla, who needed to approve any trade, ultimately decided that he would rather play for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Flames GM Jay Feaster told reporters that he worked with Iginla to help the superstar pick his final destination, according to NHL.com. Before he pulled the trigger, there were three deals on the table.

Iginla might have ultimately been influenced by the presence of Sidney Crosby, who he previously played with as a member of the 2010 Gold Medal-winning Team Canada.

This wouldn’t be the first time that Boston lost out to the Pittsburgh Penguins. They reportedly went after former Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow, but the Penguins won that battle too.

So who will the Bruins pursue now?

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  1. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    I’M LOVING THIS.

    Pittsburgh <3's Iginla and Morrow hahahaha…even if they don't win the cup, they pissed off Boston.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      In all seriousness, I am glad the players that Shero got are class acts who know nothing is given in this league – it seems clear they came here to battle for the cup, not to have anything assumed or given to them. It’s awesome to see Pens management go “all in” too – they just won 13 a row and could have said “good enough”.

      • rsmaggiemae - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:08 AM

        On the CBC saturday nite program, it was mentioned that Crosby called the GM at Calgary to discuss Iginla to Pittsuburgh. I think the players should keep thier nose out of the GM’S and the player to be traded business…, if Crosby wants to call Iginla, fine, but keep your big nose out of the GM’s business.
        Who is Crosby anyway???? just a player, he has no business interjecting his thoughts to the GM ….. Its none of his business….just play hockey and let the GM and the players to be traded talk…..

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:50 AM

        First of all, I don’t believe your source is correct. Crosby had nothing to do with this trade. If the NHL decided to make the pucks NERF tomorrow, there are a group of idiots that would start a rumor that Crosby had something to do with it. This trade was between Feaster and Iginla. If Calgary (and by extension Calgary fans) don’t want this type of thing to happen, then start a petition to stop allowing the clauses to be put in the contracts.

  2. bettmanblows - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Damn right he did! In Shero We Trust! And don’t worry Calgary, he’ll be back before the milk spoils in his fridge.

    • solador78 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      That’s good karma for the Pens. Shero, Crosby, Lemieux were rewarded for helping to end Jeremy Jacob’s lockout. I bet the Bruins owner had *nothing* to do with Jerome’s decision. LOL!

  3. revansrevenant - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    I’m fully expecting to see Clowe and Yandle in B’s uniforms by the end of the week, and Ference and Pandolfo shipped to Prov. Or Siberia. I’m not picky.

  4. dropthepuckeh - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Last I checked you had to win 16 playoff games to win the Cup. A lot can happen between now and then but congrats on your big win.

    • tomahawk12 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      drop….you are so right. Pens fan here..I haven’t seen anyone from Pittsburgh saying anything cocky yet…We were knocked out early the last couple of years and that can certainly happen again.

  5. jacketsfan7 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Welcome Murray , morrow and iginla
    Pens nation is now at your hands
    Amen

  6. flyeredup - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    I don’t blame him. Lucic let’s John Scott pound Thornton rather than fight his own battles. The Broooons are a joke.

    • drewzducks - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      Coming from Flyboy fan I’d guess you know a joke when you see one.

      • dentals1 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        Really? Lucic let Scott pound Thornton? Isn’t that Thorntons job not Lucic’s? Would Leclair have fought for Brashear? That makes no sense.

      • desertfan - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:40 AM

        You compare Lucic to Leclair-really?????

        Unfair to the sport.

    • ironyisadeadscene - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      Awwwww, you are adorable.

      They are so cute at this age

    • bruinscon - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      What are the flyers, sat I’m sure Thornton will punch someone’s head in again..

  7. franchisethighs - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Lucic idolized Iginla as a young POS. Iginla idolized Crosby as an old man. Shero > Your GM

  8. pdmjr - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Jarome remembers playing with Lemieux and Crosby in Olympics and winning. Can’t beat hockey royalty

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      That’s right. Iginla knows what team has the best chance to win the cup. Shero masterminded the Iginla trade by way of the Morrow and Murray trades. These 2 trades set the table for this one. Iginla was influenced by the Pen’s commitment to win the cup this year, which is why he selected the Pens over the Bruins. Kudos to Shero for out smarting the Bruins.

      • bgrillz - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        He didn’t outsmart him. Iginla CHOSE Pittsburgh. He just kept chasing. Don’t make it out to be more than it is. Shero is a great GM, but the credit should go to Iginla for choosing the Pens. He had the final say.

      • har21441 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        @ bgrillz – that’s the point valoisjoey is trying to make.
        Sure – Iginla made the decision – and credit him there – but Shero didn’t wait around for the trade deadline to start dealing – he acquired two players that could have an impact on the playoff run (if for nothing other than leadership) well before the trade deadline, which (may have) made Iginla’s choice easier when comparing his options to a team that was sitting back and waiting to see what would come along. So credit Shero there.

  9. eaglesbest - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    So this donkey took a worse deal then what he would have received from the bruins. As a GM should you not be looking at the best interest to ‘your’ team and Iginla is no longer on ‘your’ team so as far as that goes I would say well you have four teams and Boston is one of your teams. You have been dealt. So Calgary took less for Iginla to make him happy. That’s great Calgary now you can stay in the cellar. Fire everyone in that front office.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      Get your head on straight buddy. They could not move Iginla without his consent. That’s why players have the NTC in their contracts. No trade means losing him to free agency at the end of the year.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      The deals were not much different so Feaster did the honorable thing and rewarded Iggy for his years of service.

      • bruinscon - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        The deals were diff, two NHL ready players opposed two college kids, I’d say that was different.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      Another stupid Flyer fan.

      Do you have to try to be so stupid or does it come naturally?

  10. mrpigs - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Wtf is up with jacketsfan now claiming pens fanhood? Jesus Christ your embarrassing!

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      I think he’s always been that way – him and the sjssharks guy are pens fans too. Fine by other Pens fans I think.

  11. myroncopesflask - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    I’m sure this was a no-brainer for Iggy. His choice was to play with the top two players in the league and a few more of the top point getters in the league or a team in Boston that is all about defense and slowing the game down. Every great sniper wants to have a great spotter and this is Iggy’s 1st chance to play with elite playmakers.

    • The Hockey Fan - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      Hmmm…lets see on a line with say Bergeron and Lucic sounds so horrible. And a team that can play defense and possibly a venzina winning goaltender to quote Doc Emeric. That sounds awful.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        It does sound horrible when you are the one who’s wanted to win a cup your whole life, and now you are here denying yourself the chance to play on a line with 2 of the 3 top offensive players in the league right now and the hottest team in hockey. And even if you don’t play with Kunitz and Crosby who cares, that means you’re playing with Geno and Neal, 2 of the top 10 from last year. I know everyone wants to throw Kunitz and Neal under the bus and say they’re not elite, but that is all the more reason for Iggy to look at the situation and say “Holy crap. If they can turn those 2 average wingers into first team allstars then imagine what I’ll be able to do with them.” I can’t even recall a time I have been this excited to watch games since the start of the Finals in 2009.

  12. steelpenbucs87 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    This makes more sense as I wasn’t overly impressed with Calgary’s haul (Black and Gold Glasses Alert!)

    The young forwards are the typical Pens prospects – college seasoned guys who project to skate hard and have offensive skill.

    First round pick in all likelihood (knocking on wood) will be late 20s, and after getting Pouliot and Maata last year I’m cool with that.

    If you told me we could get Iginla, Morrow, and a stay at home defenseman without giving up Pouliot, Maata, Despres, Bennett, Borts, Meygna, or Dumolin I would be (and am) psyched.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      Shero is basically playing XBox360 at this point.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        i was thinking the same thing…only in nhl ’13 you can start over if you dont like where your picks/trades have gotten you

      • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        He’s got Game Genie at this point.

      • desertfan - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:45 AM

        And it looks like the other GM,s are using ,64.

    • pajabroni - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      oh and without giving up harrington as well.

      The prospect pool in PGH remains deep.

      Jabroni

      • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        Harrington as well – the list is so long I forgot one :)

  13. eaglesbest - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Hate to tell you Pitt fans but Morrow and Murray are both horrible players. They were good like four years back. Actually Murray was never that good. Iginla can still play at a high level but if you don’t win anything this year every other GM in the league will have a nice laugh. There are far better and cheaper options on the market then Morrow and Iginla. Morrow has a solid 9 points and u gave up one of your best defensive prospects for an average rental player. Nice play lol

    • bgrillz - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Our best prospects for Morrow? Joe looked lost and was swimming in his own end most of this season. Murray, by all accounts is a beast on the PK, and can clear the net. We aren’t looking for him to be Letang 2.0. And Iggy for some college cats and a draft pick that could possibly be the last of round 1? Keep hating loser. We still kept Bennett, Bortuzzo, Despres, Megna, Maata, Pulliot, and Dumolin. We are just fine on prospects bud.

      • pajabroni - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        And harrington

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Morrow wasn’t brought in to put in 50 points – Murray wasn’t brought in to be anything more than the guy that hits and clears the net. As Bill Belichick would put it, Shero wasn’t “collecting talent”, which is the way you are thinking of it, he’s “building a team”.

      Pens needed (although Bennett will take the spot eventually) a top 6 wing. That’s Iginla. Morrow and Iginla BOTH add a mature leadership presence – you’d be the first to point out that the Pens didn’t have that last year. Sid’s a great leader, a great Captain, but outside of a year with Lemiux, hasn’t had the opportunity to play with and learn from the great leaders in the league (he did get a year with Billy G too). Morrow can play the third line, he adds a solid presence there and won’t be depended on for goals.

      Pens have a lot of puck-moving D-men. It’s gospel for a team that wants the puck out of their zone – Orpik was the only thumper on the team. Now he’s not. All Murray has to do is do what he does best and then get the puck to his D-partner, whoever that is.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      Murray can hit. At this point in his career, not much else. Sometimes he can skate. Iginila was a coup, Morrow was nice, Murray is a bust.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        if murray can piss off guys in the playoffs and goat them into penalties or make them think twice about going hard into the corners on the forecheck then he has done his job for me….

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        The key word being “if.”

        “If” he can goad players.

        “If” he can get to them in time before they see him coming and shift to the side avoiding the worst of it, which is what the good Western Conference teams have been doing against him just fine this year.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Eaglesbest makes stupid comments, gets destroyed by replies, and shuts his mouth with nothing to say afterwards.

      Complete buffoon

  14. hallsy19 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Bruins have a recent history of trading with the Lightning – Martin St Louis here we come!

    • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      That was my thought. The notion that Bruins are just going to toss up their hands and say “Aw shucks, guess we’ll roll with these guys” is ludicrous. They’re going to go hard after St. Louis, Clowe, and anyone else who can add something. They may put a call in to Ray Bourque to see if he’s got any steam left in these legs.

      • hockeydon10 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        Tampa Bay being shifted into the same division as Boston next year may put the brakes on that.

        (Plus their GM came from an organization that had a tendency to stick with players long after trading them made the most sense.)

  15. bruinsfan19 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Of course… How can the Pens afford all these superstars

    • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      http://www.capgeek.com/penguins

      They’ve actually still got $4.1 mil in cap space this year.

      • har21441 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        With 4.1 in cap space – and no one from the current active roster traded yet – I wouldn’t assume the Pens are done yet.

        Martin St. Louis’s cap hit is 5.25. Let’s say we can package Kennedy’s 2 mil cap hit along with With the right package of picks and choice from our bevy of prospects, the pens could still land him. I mean, if he wants a cup, and the current odds are with the Pens, why would he waive his no trade clause to go anywhere else?

        So Shero might be all in already…. or maybe he still has a few tricks up his sleeve.

  16. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    With the other recent talk of relocation and given Pheonix performance, I’m surprised Bruins fans haven’t latched on to a “Shane Doan to Boston” campaign.

    I’d hate to see that…

  17. ironman721 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Wow. Shocked! This never happens… Is this an April fools joke? Because I still don’t believe it!

  18. 950003cups - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    It doesn’t matter of you have Iginla, Malkin and Crosby. You still employ Matt Cooke, the biggest douche in the NHL.

    Pens will fall in the first round. They’ll run in to a hot goalie and will play the second round of the playoffs on a large green surface known as “A GOLF COURSE”.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      We may not have Cooke for that much longer. The entire city of Ottawa’s got him under forensic investigation. He may be going to the pokey.

      I disagree with the level of douche-osity you are assigning him, though. There are WAY bigger douches in this league than Cooke these days.

      • valoisvipers - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        Please do not feed the Jersey Troll.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      The Devils could fold, relocate or disappear, and NOBODY who matters would care in the least.

      Nobody gives a damn about the Jets, Nets, Mets, or Devils. Nobody gives a damn about Jersey period.

      • blackfoot11 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        How could any fan of hockey say the Devils organization isn’t worth a damn? They are one of the model franchises of the NHL that has won Cups and is a legit contender year in and year out.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        Ad STILL despite all those facts, nobody cares. Nobody cares about filthy Jersey and the teams that come from there.

      • blackfoot11 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        Damn bro, did a chick from Jersey that was a Devils fan do you wrong or something? That some serious hate.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        Jets suck
        Mets suck
        Nets suck
        Devil sucks
        Hobey Baker sucks
        Micheal Chang sucks
        Marvin Hagler sucks
        Franco Harris sucks
        Jeter sucks
        Shaq sucks
        Parcell sucks
        Yogi Berra is over-rated and sucks
        Jersey Shore sucks

      • 950003cups - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        With a name like Mister Chain, he doesn’t get girls from any state. Go yank your chain loser. So, if “NOBODY” cares why are ratings for NJD way up? You know who cares? 17645 people who show up to each game this year, thats who cares. LOSER

      • tsi431 - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        misterchainbluelightning ,

        Your list consists of over 75 world titles in there respected sports. Hardly sucking. But I agree about Jersey Shore. 75-1

  19. myroncopesflask - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    The players that were traded for Iggy would have never cracked the Pens line up. Now the player traded for Morrow is a different animal. Joe Morrow is going to be a beast for years to come. It was pretty clear that he was not happy with being held back by the Pens(His words not mine) This free agent frenzy was put into motion the second Staal was traded. The Pens have done nothing but load up on young D-men prospects over the past 5-6 years and the very second Parise and Suter signed with the wild the Pens moved their attention to the trade deadline.

  20. eaglesbest - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    That’s ok you can claim your cup now. Typical Pitt fans lol. Still lots of hockey to play. Congrats on being the paper champs. It’s worked out well for the Rangers so far.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      might as well throw in the self proclaimed “dream team” eagles to your criticism…except i dont hear the penguins players making any sort of claims

    • pmac26 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      You do realize the Pens have as many wins this month(13) as the Flyers have this season(13) so you paper champs claim is pretty much (like the Flyers) dead in the water

      • orangeandblack31 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        You should feel lucking that the Flyers dont get into the playoffs. Typical Pittsburgh fan. You had to tank it for years to get all those high picks. They will lose in the 1st round, book it!

      • pmac26 - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        We will be just fine! Even if we do get bounced in the first round (not going to happen) we will be in the playoffs while the Cryers work on their golf game! Book that!!!!!!!

      • jpelle82 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        i wish i knew what “lucking” felt like so maybe i could understand your argument. funny to hear flyers fan bring up tanking especially when half of them are hoping to tank to get seth jones, and voiced such desires in the comments of yesterday’s PHT articles.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      I think you’re projecting here – I haven’t seen anyone say that “We’re going to win the cup!” Instead Pens fans are excited about adding another very valuable piece at an extremely low cost.

      We all know there’s hockey left to be played – I for one am still haunted by the PHT post last year that had the Pens winning the cup from a number of analysts…. I mean I get that with Philly doing their best Titanic impression at the bottom of the Atlantic you need something to root for, but don’t project your concerns about the Pens on Pens fans.

  21. orangeandblack31 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    I hope they fall on there face.Seems like they are trying to buy a cup, which never works! More motivation for the Bruins….

    • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      If they’re trying to “buy” a cup how is it that we still have $4mil in cap space more than your team?

      • orangeandblack31 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        they had 8 mil just two days ago. I’m sure the buying isnt over. Paper champs never win.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        You’re sure the buying isn’t over – it may not be. They might add another depth/PK forward to the mix, but that will cost a mil maybe.

        These guys are all rentals – the Pens are 4 million under the cap and have something like 20mil coming off the books before next year giving them all of the flexibility in the world to retain the guys they want.

        And most importantly to ‘buy’ something you have to give up something. The pens gave up 1 of there top 10 prospects (Morrow) from a position where they are deep on prospects, and have also given up 1st and 2 2nds over the next two years. The picks would trouble me except that they had 2 1sts last year and 2 2nds the year before that….

        Go home Flyers fan, you’re drunk.

      • orangeandblack31 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        I get your point. So they are selling out for a cup this year, and I do not have a problem with that. They are the favorites for sure right now. Favorites dont always win. If they meet the Bruins I still think the Bruins win in 7. More depth and they have been playing together longer.
        Please, I will not stoop to your level about Flyers fans….were already suffering enough this year…

      • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        No stooping to any level – I wasn’t slandering your team or your fanbase. Just acknowledging (creatively albeit) that you might have a teeny bit of a bias on this. I also have a bias, that’s how fandom works.

        With that said, you’re 100% right – they still have to play the games. I think the additions the Pens made were exactly what they needed, as well coming at GREAT prices, but they mean nothing if they can’t put it together. We’ve beaten the B’s twice this season so I don’t share your assessment that the Bruins hold the advantage but we’ll see come playoff time.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      the salary cap is so you cant buy a cup. its not like the yankees buying world series championships for years, it having a gm who can actually manage

      • blackfoot11 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        I see your point, but MLB does have a luxury tax that forces teams to pay a percentage of every dollar spent above the guideline threshold in the CBA. Like the hard salary cap in hockey, the luxury tax is “suppose” to create the league parity between large and small market teams. The exception is that teams like the Yankees, can afford to pay a luxury tax that small market teams can’t to field their high payroll.

  22. mclovinhockey - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Even closer than we thought? We thought he was a B thanks to the skilled reporting of every NHL insider

  23. theageofquarrel - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    After reading all the stories so far since this deal went down, I have never seen so many butthurt people in my life. Especially when it comes to Pittsburgh. If it was the team you root for you would be breaking your arms trying to pat yourselves on the back. As the saying goes: Haters gonna hate.

  24. myroncopesflask - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    The owner in Boston is currently on the phone with Ottawa’s owner talking about the process to get a super special scientific study of why players prefer Pittsburgh over Boston.
    The finding will be the following.
    1. Number 87
    2. Number 71
    3. Mr Jacobs you were a complete douche during CBA discussions!

  25. isithockeyseasonyet - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    On paper, this team is frightening, it could translate to the ice, it could not. I just question messing with the chemistry of a team that’s won 13 in a row. But after reading all these comments, how can any of you hate on this trade for any other reason?

    • theageofquarrel - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      Because it’s Pittsburgh and not the team they root for.

      • blackfoot11 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        Not necessarily. I am a Caps fan that believes the Pens are doing what they feel necessary to build depth for a playoff run for the Cup. I am likely in the extremely small minority who have this view without spitting venom at the Pens, but if it was my team I would want them to improve as much as possible despite current success.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      my initial reaction as a pens fan was oh no, then i saw what they gave up and was like ok. messing with 13 in a row doesnt matter to me, they would have to implode to lose a top 3 seed so if they lose one or two sooner than later i would be happier than if they fall flat going into may instead and not have time to make adjustments and get it going again

    • tdrusher225 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      It’s because you don’t get anything for being great on paper. They would’ve won the Cup last year if that were the case. And I agree that chemistry may be an issue. No Pens fan wants to hear this, but Iginla isn’t a great fit on their team, and I don’t see the need for more offense.

  26. bigtganks - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    That should leave an endearing mark for all Flames fans. Can’t blame Feaster as much as you’d like, can ya?

  27. bostonboy82 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Congrats Pittsburgh. I think you’ve bought the cup.

    • har21441 - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      coming from the other buyer that had their check bounce

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      What does that even mean? That’s a whole new concept in hockey I’m not familiar with….Boston has less cap space than Pittsburgh?

    • solador78 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      You mean like the time Jeremy Jacobs gave Bettman a multi-million dollar extension, reworked the Board of Governors charter and then manipulated the league’s various departments, including the scheduling, disciplinary and competition committees to give him Bruins every advantage needed to win the Cup?

  28. sportsfaninyyc - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Glad Iggy chose the Pens. I don’t like the Pens, I just despise the Bruins.

  29. richie500 - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    As a Pens fan please Bylsma don’t get cute and break up the best line in hockey of Dupuis-Crosby-Kunitz!
    Slide Iggy into the 2nd line and Morrow on the 3rd!

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Get ahold of yourself! We all have a “don’t change anything” attitude sometimes, and a certain amount of inertia is of course human…but you are talking about two skaters that won a gold medal together, on the same line, in 2010. Kunitz will be great in retrieving pucks for the Malkin and Neal line, which was struggling anyway, same as Duper will be great retrieving them for Crosby and Iginla.

      • tbell1980 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        As a Pens fan i’m not putting too much into the “they won a gold medal in 2010″ theory. It’s a different style of play in the olympics. Which is why I absolutely LOVE the fact that we have a month to play around with lineups and see who meshes with who. The lines are going to change 15 times a game in the next couple weeks.

        And does anyone know where Shero got his Jedi mind powers?

        Feaster – “Ray I want a top prospect, a roster player and a high draft pick”

        Shero – “No Feaster, you will trade Iggy for two college players and the last pick in the draft”

        Feaster – “OK Ray you got it”

  30. lombardisshineinfoxborough - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    As a Bs fan, not much to really get upset about here. Yes, it would have been nice to land Iginla, but they made a good offer. Can’t blame Jarome either, he obviously doesn’t have anything against the Bs given how far along the talks came, but in the end it’s understandable he wanted to play with Crosby.

  31. misterchainbluelightning - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Habsman hasn’t said it?

    Ok I will

    Iggy wouldn’t accept a trade to the Boston because it’s a place where racists are loved and protected by the general public.

  32. aces79 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Boston had the better deal on the table but it was Jaromes choice

  33. bruinscon - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Pitt still 4mill under the cap sketchy!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. mj1818 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Tyler Kennedy and Matt Cooke are expendable at this point. Maybe Boston could go after one if them.

  35. Stiller43 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Eaglesbest,

    First off, calgary didnt take a lesser deal to make him happy. Iginla has a NTC, and said he would NOT go to boston, only pittsburgh.

    2nd of all, morrow (“one of our best defensive prospects”) was benched multiple times in ahl action for his poor defense.

    Enjoy the flyers season!!

  36. gamechanger87 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    I heard that Shero now has his sights set on getting St. Louis since.he still has $4.1 mill to spend! What a gamechanger!!

  37. fortwaynekomets - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    buying a STANLEY CUP is never going to be respected, never.

    • tbell1980 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Which is why we’re not buying a cup. We have the same amount of money to spend as every other team in the league. We just spend it smarter, and have DRAFTED players smartly to put together a team that other players WANT to come to play with. Instead of over paying players to try to win e.g. – Rangers, we create an environment that players will take less to play in.

  38. jkaflagg - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Sure many fans are shocked at how little the Flames received ( neither player is a top prospect and the pick will be near the end of the round), but remember he’s very much a rental….could well go back to Calgary as a FA next year….like to think the Kings could have included better prospects, but didn’t have a #1 pick to include; and it sounds like Iginla wanted Pittsburgh all along anyway…..

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