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Video: Flames lose first game after Iginla trade

Mar 30, 2013, 12:09 AM EDT

Life in Calgary will go on without Jarome Iginla, who the Flames sent to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a massive blockbuster trade late Wednesday night.

The first game without Iginla, the club’s former captain who had played in Calgary for 16 regular seasons, produced a loss for the Flames, as they were defeated 6-4 by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

But after 16 seasons, 1,219 games, 525 goals and 1,095 points in a Flames uniform – not to mention a trip to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final – a video tribute was necessary.

With Iginla gone, the captaincy is now vacant, however the Flames will wait until the summer to announce a replacement.

Iginla needed a work visa to play in the U.S., and, as per NHL.com, that issue has been resolved, which means he is expected in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

 

  1. grudenthediva - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    He had zero shots and zero points for the Flames tonight.

    It was almost like his stats in playoff elimination games over the last decade. Poof, he’s vanished!

  2. ibieiniid - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    man, thats got to be such an empty feeling for Flames fans watching that game. i cant even imagine. as an all-philly fan, the only things that can come close to that in my book were McNabb, Akers, and Gagne leaving within a couple year window…. and those guys didnt even give as much for their teams as Iginla did (McNabb debatable, but we had an exciting replacement by the time he left. please nobody mention who that replacement was and how that turned out, im hurting enough already with all these playoff misses.)

  3. nananatman - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    My nam is Jay Feaster, since I came to Calgary they’ve stopped coming in 9th and I like to think I’m responsible.

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