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So who are the guys Calgary got for Iginla?

Mar 28, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

Kenneth Agostino, drafted in the fifth round by the Dallas Stars, poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
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In addition to a first-round pick in 2013, the Calgary Flames got two prospects from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Jarome Iginla trade: Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski.

If your first thought upon hearing those names was, ‘Who?’, then we’re here to help.

Agostino is a 20-year-old Yale University forward that was originally taken in the fifth round by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He’s spent three seasons in the NCAA since being selected in 2010 and his production has ticked up each season.

He had 15 goals, 37 points, and 32 penalty minutes in 33 games in 2012-13. He’s a competitive player that battles in dirty areas, according to Hockey’s Future. They think he has enough upside to maybe become a second-liner in the NHL someday, although they have doubts about the likelihood of him ever reaching his full potential.

Ben Hanowski, 22, is a similar story in terms of upside and his probability of success. The Pittsburgh Penguins selected him in the third round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Hanowski broke out last season with 24 goals and 43 points in 39 games with St. Cloud State. He hasn’t been as productive in 2012-13, posting 16 goals and 29 points in 34 NCAA contests.

As you might guess, Hanowski is an offensive forward who has shown an ability to both find the back of the net and play in more of a setup role when the situation calls for it.


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  1. bcisleman - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    In other words, both of these guys are marginal prospects who aren’t even remotely close to being blue chip. What is more, as college prospects, they have the option of becoming free agents if Calgary does not succeed in signing them.

    This travesty underlines two things: the absolute failure of Calgary’s management team to deal properly with the need to rebuild in a timely manner. Feaster is still refusing to call the Flames a rebuilding team. And second, it underlines the falacy of players dictating where they will be traded to. That idea is almost a guarantee that the trading team will get hosed.

    • onearmdragon - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      If Iginla refused a trade to Boston at the last minute and demanded a trade to Pitt, then I think Calgary fans shouldn’t exactly be thrilled with Iginla.

      Why list 4 teams, when it was really only one?

      I’ll be very interested to get details of this later in the year. But like the screw up with Reilly, Calgary is a management/ownership mess right now.

      • mathieug79 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        Calgary still got a better package than…. lets say Toronto received for Mats Sundin.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        I’m pretty sure it was Iginla that spent his entire career playing for the Flames without entertaining the thought of leaving until Calgary said they’re selling him.

        WTF would Calgary fans have to complain about? Iggy having a say in where he works? Nah, good try for hurt feelings, but no right.

        Plus, don’t complain too loudly – he’s a free agent again in a few short months. Calgary can sign him again…and maybe Flames management will want to sell him again.

      • prd797 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        Two prospects who are hardly blue chip and a first rounder that essentially is a 2nd round pick? Faster better be preparing his résumé and have his bags packed. What an absolute joke. Ray Shero has hosed teams before, but this takes the cake. Not a Pens fan but the fact that the Pens organisation can make these trades without losing roster players or the majority of their top prospects is incredibly impressive.

    • myspaceyourface - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      A 1st round pick and two (A) prospects in return for the services of a player for the 2nd half of a shortened season. . . I don’t think you did too bad.

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

        They are not class A prospects, not at all. Hockey Future has them at 7.0 with C class for achieving that level as LW. That’s maxing out as second liners, with some chance to actually get that good, more likely 3rd liners.

        The Bruins prospects weren’t much better, although Bartkowski is turning into a nice D (almost NHL ready) and Kochochev was fantastic in the World Jrs.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        Onearm, you just said the Bruins prospects weren’t much better, refuting your earlier claim that he screwed Calgary by not going to Boston?

        I think you are expecting too much, Iggy’s a great talent, but his contract is up in 3 months. You got a good return for 3 months. You weren’t going to get much more.

      • DonkeyStick - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        “They are not class A prospects, not at all. Hockey Future has them at 7.0 with C class for achieving that level as LW.”

        You know what “Hockey Future” had Claude Giroux listed as six years ago……..YEP A #7!!!!! That site is about as accurate as PHT

  2. aces79 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Pretty bad! Boston had a better deal on the table for Jarome Iginla me as a Flames fan the deal happened way to fast they have a few days to get a deal done the right way

    • jpelle82 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      well, i dont know if the boston thing wouldve happened anyway, appears he didnt want to go there afterall. even if they wouldve taken their time to sweeten the deal (which we dont know how long this actually took)…pens had their nuts in a vise and iginla was turning the handle.

      • aces79 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        they have intell April 3rd to get a deal done right

  3. myspaceyourface - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    A 1st round pick and two (A) prospects in return for the services of a player for the 2nd half of a shortened season. . . I don’t think you did too bad.

    • mathieug79 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      More like to B prospects both rank 10th and 12th per

    • onearmdragon - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Why post twice?

      Still not A prospects. B at best.

  4. stangz11 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Sucks for Calgary. Obviously sounds like they would have taken the Boston offer but ultimately it was Iginlias choice between the two. But man is Pittsburgh loaded now

  5. aces79 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Me as a Flames fan we got nothing in return the Bruins gave the Flames a better deal for Jarome Iginla what a Shame

    I have Boycotted the nhl ever since the lockout this deal just sealed the deal of me boycotting the nhl for good what a disgrace

    • danaking - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Then what are you doing here?

      • aces79 - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        to collage guys that may not even play in the NHL and a 1st round draft pick

  6. mathieug79 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    I’m kinda surprised that they weren’t able to get one of the Penguins top prospects. Olli Maatta, Scott Harrington, Dereck Pouliot, Matt Murray, Nick D’agostino… one of them should have at least been part of the deal. The flames have drafted poorly in recent years, so when you trade your Star player, You SHOULD at least make sure that you receive one potential star in return. What if both prospects don’t pan out? You’re left with a 1st round pick, in which with your scouting dept. has let you down in recent years. IMHO the flames were ripped off, but only time will tell.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:02 PM


      • mathieug79 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        Yeah for 3 months, at least the Stars were able to get one of the top 6 prospects for Brendan Morrow. RENTALS are worth more now than they were before, get use to it!

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        ohhhhhhh – you’re not going to get that AND a first round pick, not for three months. Dallas had to give their Captain AND a third round pick to get that prospect. Not sure who/why you feel rentals are worth now, that makes no sense. And I’m not actually calling Iginla a rental…time will tell. If I was Iginla, I’d be furious at Calgary fans for even PRETENDING to have a right to be upset. Chances are, he’s not though.

  7. ray2013 - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    They weren’t trading a superstar at the start of his prime. They were trading a former superstar in the last year of his contract. In that light, the haul is ok, but Feaster will screw up the pick.

  8. lroc20 - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    No vaseline in that rape

  9. mclovinhockey - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    I agree onearmedragon.

    I said it in a different post. He listed 4 teams (the last four cup winners) and let the GM’s make a decent offer in place, then at last second went back on his word and said no to Boston (guess that loss to the Habs made him not want to go there) and forced his GM to make a bad move.

    My respect level for iginla has decreased a lot.

    A man is only as good as his word and right now iggys word isn’t worth much to me.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      I’m sure that will have a substantial impact on his self-confidence.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      What about the 17 years that Calgary probably told Iginla that they would go get him an elite center and help him get a solid supporting cast to get him and the rest of Calgary to a Cup?

      1 failed cup run and 5 first round playoff exits. That’s all the post season success that Jarome Iginla has to show for his career and everything he did for that organization.

      Just to give you some perspective here, Tyler Kennedy has 2 cup runs, a quarterfinal win, and 2 other playoff appearances to his post-season resume. THAT comparison right there is probably what made Iginla, sitting awake in his bed at night, say “Maybe just this one time, for the first time in 17 seasons, I’m gonna put myself first instead of the Flames organization.”

      The most important thing of all is to remember, not the one time that he thought of himself, but to remember the HUNDREDS of times over the past 17 years he has put Calgary first and his own personal gains second and in turn, he was the one who chose to stay. Because he has had plenty of opportunity to leave, but he didn’t.

      This isn’t Iginla screwing over the Flames. This is Iginla waking up and realizing he is now 35 years old, playing for one of the worst teams in the league with no solid future, performing at his lowest level in a long time, and thinking that maybe the weight of carrying all this on his shoulders is finally starting to catch up. It’s him realizing that he doesn’t have 10 more years to wait for Calgary to give him a cup-worthy supporting cast. It’s him realizing that he’s no longer young enough to build a team around. It’s him realizing that he doesn’t have much longer to try and earn the ONE thing he has been working for his entire life since he strapped on a pair of skates. Iggy is easily arguable as the best captain in the league. He deserves a Cup, and if people are gonna say he doesn’t because he didn’t sell himself out to the highest bidder than so be it. But at the end of the day you’re just bitter. Watching Pittsburgh raise the Cup after he accepted a deal to Boston just because it was in the best interest of a team he doesn’t play for anymore would probably kill him inside. Iginla can head to his new home for the next 3 months with no regrets knowing that this was HIS choice for HIM, not a choice he made for Calgary.

      • desertfan - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        Plus $7M per year for the last 7 years= $50 big ones!!!!

    • metaligoat - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      It’s already been said by others in these comments, but it warrants repeating here:

      Iginla did not request a trade. It was the Flames front office’s decision to even explore the idea of trading him. In other words, it’s not his fault he got traded. To somehow blame Iginla for that just shows your lack of ability to think logically.

      Furthermore, the fact that he even gave them a list of acceptable teams to trade him to means “if you can’t trade me to one of these specific teams, I would rather stay here with you guys”. How does that possibly lead to a “decreased” level of respect?

      It’s also worth pointing out that the Flames were also the ones that gave Iginla a NMC. If his contract didn’t have a NMC, they could have traded him anywhere at any time without input from him. If you want to blame Iginla for using the NMC to his advantage, you should instead be blaming the Flames for even giving him the NMC in the first place.

      The only people to blame for any aspect of this situation are the Flames’ front office. Specifically, you should be blaming them for making horrendous roster decisions around Iginla, failing to draft quality youngsters, and refusing to realize that they’re a sub-mediocre team that needs to be completely blown up in order to move back up the standings in the future. Blaming Iginla for any of this is absurd.

  10. jakreidler - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    This just in: Flames deal Bouwmeester to Detroit for Jiri Hudler’s soul.

  11. rsl22 - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I’m by no means a Pens fan, but it looks like Shero fleeced Calgary on this one.

    That is, as long as the Pens don’t bow out of the playoffs in the first round like they have for the past three years.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:05 PM


  12. jessethegreat - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    I don’t understand how everyone thinks the flames got hosed. What would have been better: trade Iggy now and get the 1st round pick + 2 developmental players for him… Or continue to struggle, miss the playoffs, and lose Iginla in three months for nothing. Their hands were tied. He had the right to dictate where he accepted to e traded.

  13. misterchainbluelightning - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    I think Iggy earned the right to pick his team, narrowing the list down to one. And of course what can a GM do in that situation but to just accept it and make lemonade. Fester is still a poor GM and the scouting staff laughable, but you can’t blame Iggy or the Flames, it is what it is, he earned the NTC, he gave everything to the team and city, let him go to the Pens if he wishes.

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