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Video: Milbury questions ‘shady’ Iginla trade

Apr 2, 2013, 7:38 PM EDT

NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury is skeptical of events that led to last week’s Jarome Iginla-to-Pittsburgh deal.

“It was shady,” Milbury said prior to Tuesday’s Penguins-Sabres game on NBC Sports Network. “There were some things I didn’t like at all about that.

“I think it’s too bad we didn’t find out a lot more about it. [Bruins GM] Peter Chiarelli handled it, I thought, pretty well.”

Here’s the video, which also delves into a discussion of whether or not Boston “settled” for Jaromir Jagr:

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Back to the Iginla deal…

In his latest 30 Thoughts column, CBC’s Elliotte Friedman touched on the subject of tampering — specifically, a “relatively new rule” that players can be equally guilty of tampering as a coach or front office member.

There were rumblings that Penguins captain Sidney Crosby may have reached out to Iginla, his former Team Canada linemate at the Winter Olympics, prior to Pens GM Ray Shero making the deal.

When asked, Iginla made it clear he never actually spoke with Crosby, but did acknowledge No. 87 may have played a role.

Iginla, who was traded to the Penguins on Wednesday night in exchange for college forwards Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski, along with Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in 2013, revealed Crosby had factored in him deciding to join Pittsburgh, adding he couldn’t say no to playing with two superstars.

“There’s some truth to that,” Iginla said, when MacLean asked if Crosby helped sway his decision. “I did hear that Sid — I didn’t talk to him before — but he’d put in a good word and I really enjoyed playing with him at the Olympics and getting the chance to meet him.”

Should note that, also in 30 Thoughts, Friedman explained that trying to prove tampering is very difficult, “unless you have a paper trail.”


Today, Bruins president Cam Neely went on 98.5 The Sports Hub with Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti and was clearly still irritated at how his club lost out on Iginla.

Here’s a snippet:

“We were told we had a deal. What happened from when we were told we had a deal until [Iginla] ended up in Pittsburgh is anybody’s guess.

“When you’re told you have a deal and you hang up the phone and think that you’ve got the player, I don’t know what else you could do.

“When you lose any kind of contact for a period of time and then you start to question what’s going on, and Peter [Chiarelli] does ask to speak with the player or the agent and is not permitted to do so, you start to wonder what’s really happening . . .

“We were told we had a deal done.”

Neely also added that there’s been no contact or conversation between Chiarelli and Flames GM Jay Feaster since the deal went down.


Report: Flames preferred Bruins’ deal, Iginla picked Pens

Chiarelli: We were told we got Iginla

  1. bigtganks - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Karma as they say is… Iggys first game and “watch out Sid!!!!”


    Or should we call him “Thid” now?

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      Iginla has a whopping 12 more points than Clowe (11) shady away Pens !

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:36 PM

        The Bruins should be glad they got the better player for a cup run !

      • upyoursnfu - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:25 PM

        Cry on…the flyers were linked to both but hot neither. Cry on lil MSN

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        “but hot neither “

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:28 PM

        Upyoursnfu, the Flyers made the smart move by not mortgaging the future for either Jagr or Clowe. It would’ve been extremely shortsighted to have traded away picks in this extremely deep draft for aging (Jagr) or unproductive (Clowe) vets, especially since the playoffs are a longshot. The best thing they could do is stand pat, unless there’s a young, top-4 dman to be had.

    • sportsfaninyyc - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      That’s pretty funny!

    • sportsfaninyyc - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      That’s actually kinda funny!

  2. mclovinhockey - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Hahaha wow.

    Yeah the deal was shady as h-e- double hockey sticks but seriously?

  3. killerpgh - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Milbury doesn’t like something about the Penguins. Shocking.

    • upyoursnfu - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      Milbury whines about the Pens more than eigglesnosuperbowl

    • 19to77 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:59 AM

      Milbury’s opinion =/= the opinion of people who actually know hockey. Or business. Or strategy. Or really basic addition, even. It’s a legitimate wonder that the man can even count.

  4. Nofoolnodrool - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    bigtganks | Apr 2, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT
    Karma as they say is… Iggys first game and “watch out Sid!!!!”


    Or should we call him “Thid” now?

    Funny, but it reflects your IQ and age…under 21

    • bigtganks - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      Wow. So you’re the one at the carnival who guesses age and weight of patrons. I’m in awe of how spot on you actually are! How do you do it?!? *sarcasm*

      IQ is knowing to hit the reply button to reply to my comment. I’m no bruins fan at all but it seems karma came to the pens and iggys and sids bromance.

  5. sheckyrimshot - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    ha! hey milbury remember when you traded chara and a pick that ended up being spezza for alexei yashin? then you signed yashin to a 10 year 90 mil deal? what was that other sweet deal you made? trading luongo for oleg kvasha then drafting dipietro #1 overall? yeahhhh i’m not inclined to take you seriously. ever.

    • jeremyroenickdanceparty - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      Boom! And don’t forget, the Islanders are stilling paying Yashin until 2015 I think.

  6. gbar22 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Milbury doesn’t like something period? Shocking.

    He’s a blowhard and should be fired for so many different reasons.

    Now as for the trade nothing is official until it goes to the league office so sounds like a bunch of toddlers crying cause they didnt get their shiny new toy. Nothing shady there at all just business.

  7. gbar22 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:11 PM


    Dead on.

  8. cheesesteak75 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Milbury go bang a hockey stick against the boards and yell at Ulf some more!

  9. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    As much as I hate Pittsburgh and didn’t want them to get Iginla, I don’t believe the tampering theory. It was up to Iginla what team he wanted to go to. He submitted the appropriate teams, including Boston, but it essentially was Iginlas decision what specific team he would waive his NTC for. He chose Pittsburgh over Boston, eventhough the Bruins thought they had a completed deal. And maybe, just maybe, this is karma for the Bruins pulling a similar trick with Ray Bourque going to the Flyers in 99-00. It was a done deal then the Bruins decided it wasn’t and he ended up in Colorado. We probably would’ve held onto to our 3-1 lead over the Devils in the ECFs with Bourque in the lineup, but those are the breaks. Boston needs to move on, Jagr is a solid consolation prize.

    • JoeAvg - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      You know philyphanatic77, you’re one of the most level headed guys on this board. If you’re ever in Northeastern Ohio (for whatever forsaken reason) let me know. First round’s on me. After that we can scap in the parking lot to see who buys the second as we laugh about it.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:55 PM

        haha thanks, sounds like a plan.

  10. friedberg7 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Milbury hasn’t liked the Penguins since Ulf’s knee to knee on Neely. Get over it. That was over 20 years ago.

  11. Stiller43 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Milburys a colossal doucher. Nobody cares what he thinks

  12. theageofquarrel - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Dinglebury just flat out sucks

  13. scotty1212 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Milbury needs to shut up, how he still has a job at nbc is beyond me. He shouldnt talk bout trades or signings after he showed how awful he was as a team exec.

  14. gsr1191 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    how does this guy still have a job?

  15. csilojohnson - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    I don’t see the big deal here. Choice seemed obvious. The Bs offered a conditional 1st rounder. The Pens offered a 1st round pick. Shero said that was important to Calgary. Done deal…

  16. sjm1717 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Milbury is jealous of shero bc he knows how to be a gm without destroying a franchise for the foreseeable future…milbury worst gm ever

  17. steelhammer92 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Milbury should go rough up a kid or a hit a fan with a shoe… That’s all he’s really good at.

  18. jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    in more important news…looks like the streak ends tonight unless geno just goes into beast mode. pens look terrible right now

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      I started looking at it as “PK Practice” mid-way through the second. Might be a healthy loss, though.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:57 PM

        ya not too worried, had to happen at some point

  19. kgun80 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Milbury is an idiot. He had a choice of who he would be traded to he chose the Pens. If you give a player a choice he’s going to go where he has a chance to win a cup. I’m pretty surprised NBC has him on the show he doesn’t drop to his knees when Crosby enters the room like the rest of the staff.

  20. pens5829 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Who really cares what Milbury thinks? He’s been a fraud as a player, a fraud as a coach, a fraud as a GM, and now, through the natural order, a fraud as an analyst. Just go away Mike.

  21. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA hahahahaha…whew!

    Didn’t see that one coming at all, Milbury normally loves everything about the Pens. I wonder when a fine station like NBC will fire this fat, stupid, irritating POS instead of thinking ANYONE in the hockey community, who DOESN’T turn in to see fans between with a shoe, thinks he deserves an ounce of respect for all his ‘contributions’.

    What an ass.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      Also, Iginla had a clause which stipulated he had certain authorities in his trade. Everyone knows this. Milbury can take his shady ass home and sulk.

  22. c1md6 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:56 PM


  23. johnstone17 - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Milbury doesn’t like the fact that another GM showed him how much he sucked as a GM.

  24. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Wow what a shocker here! That fat tub of crap runs his mouth yet again about the Penguins. Like most Boston fans him and Neely are still butthurt over the 91 conference finals. Honestly get over it and shut up! Iggy had the choice on where he wanted to play at hence why he had a “No Trade Clause” in his contract. Grow up already! Milbury is nothing more than an assclown for a player, coach, and GM. The only thing hes good at is beating little kids. Screw him! Maybe Neely can go toss him some donuts after he gets done crying.

    …Also cant forget about the Creampuff Randy Carlye running his mouth earlier in the week. Carlye defines a choke artist himself…hes one of the main reasons why we were eliminated in the playoffs back in the early 80s to the Blues and Isles. Who cant forget him blowing the series vs. the Isles in 1982 when he gave up the puck to Tonelli and allowed him to score to tie it up and then score the game winner in overtime.

  25. pdmjr - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Maybe Chiarelli took a nap like Hyman Roth and when he woke up there was no money on the table

  26. stcrowe - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Chiarelli should settle this Milbury-style. Pull Iginla’s shoe off and beat him with it. That will teach him.

  27. rdurk86 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    I love how most of you can’t focus on the matter at hand and turn every post involving Milbury into a bash session on him. How about addressing the actual question this post poses?

    Let’s see, Feaster “leverages” the Bruins to obtain an inferior deal. He asks Iginla to give him a list of teams he would go to, but never has Iginla sign a waiver allowing Feaster to trade him to those teams. Iginla comes out and does everything but admit that the Penguins convinced him to choose them. How can anyone with a straight face say that there wasn’t something sketchy going on?

    • greatday4hockey - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      how is that shady?why is it the bruins had any more right to Iggy than any of the other teams that were actively pursuing him?Bottom line is Iggy is a bona fide hall of fame superstar that spent his entire career working his ass off trying to get his team a cup.He more than earned the right to choose whatever team he feels he wants to transfer that devotion to.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      There is never a fire without smoke. Sure something happened in this deal otherwise the parties involved would not be speaking as they are. But, why is this still news? Who cares what Milbury said about a deal that went down a week ago. He is the most obnoxious hockey commentator in the game. He’ll say anything to get attention.

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