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Iginla admits he didn’t play well vs. Boston

Jun 8, 2013, 7:22 PM EST

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Like almost every player on the Pittsburgh Penguins roster, Jarome Iginla didn’t play well against the Boston Bruins in the 2013 Eastern Conference finals. He admitted as much to CSNNE.com.

Of course, the difference for many is that Iginla (and Brenden Morrow) rejected a trade to the very team that swept the Penguins.

“The Bruins played very well, they’re a very good team. I was fortunate to have that choice, and when you make it you definitely believe in the guys [in Pittsburgh]. We played some great hockey up until this last series,” Iginla said. “It also stings not playing well in this last series. These four games, I just didn’t play very well. That’s when you want to play your best for the team, and you want to find ways to contribute and be a part of these close games, and help it go the other way.”

Instead, Bruins such as Milan Lucic used the slight as extra motivation, although many would argue that getting to a second Stanley Cup finals series in three years should light plenty of fires.

Iginla, 35, shared the fate of players like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in going pointless against the Bruins and now faces the uncertainty of unrestricted free agency.

At least his agent can point to playoff numbers that still look quite good on paper: 12 points in 15 postseason games. The former Calgary Flames captain probably cares more about the “still zero Stanley Cup rings” total, though.

  1. Stiller43 - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Who did?

  2. myspaceyourface - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Chicago in 5

    • ron05342 - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      You mean, tonight?

      Show some respect, moron.

    • patriotslove12 - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      Awwww, poor baby, you’re still sad about the Penguins? :,,(. We are gonna whip the hawks, just like we whipped your babies.

  3. hazlydose - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Part of the blame lies with Bylsma and part of it lies with Crosby. Bylsma for not playing him in the position he played in his 22 year hall of fame career. And Crosby for not wanting him on his line. If Crosby wanted to play with Iginla he would have. Crosby wanted to keep his line together and it hurt the team by putting two guys who can only play right wing on the same line.

  4. ron05342 - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    He doesn’t need to admit it, we all witnessed it.

  5. bruins18 - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Chicago in 5 are u serious? Lol

  6. pastabelly - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Pittsburgh in 5 or 6. Doh!!!!!

  7. loinstache - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Iginla has played RW his entire career and was thrown into the LW position, then further relegated to the third line. He didn’t make good of his time on the ice but his deployment, for a player of that calibre on a team going through an offensive dry spell, is frankly terrible coaching.

  8. wisdomnfl - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Iginla was a nice player but has no gas in his tank. If you feed pucks to him he can slap them in but can’t do much else.

  9. pattunya - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Chicago in 5? 6?
    Do you mean vs. the Kings?

  10. 8man - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Jagr!

  11. steelers88 - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    The reason why Iginla was because the Penguins missed used him. I’m still scratching my head why the Penguins played him at LW when Iginla has played RW his whole career. Stupid coaching mistakes, bad bounces, and “supposedly” the two best players in the NHL not scoring cost this team in the conference final.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:31 AM

      It was a hard call for everyone involved. Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis was the most productive line in hockey this year. Dupuis had a lot of loyalty to the Pens organization and was having as good a year as any right wing. Neal was told if he wanted to play with Sid or Geno he had to learn to play right wing last year and he did just that. They were streaking, and the Pens (and Iginla) probably didn’t want to create lockerroom drama by knocking guys off spots that they really hadn’t done anything to be knocked out of. I think the Pens chose the loyalty of their contract athletes as opposed to the history of the new guy.

      It didn’t help that Crosby got hurt less than 3 minutes into Iginla’s first game as a Pen. Iggy came to play with Sid and Geno, and Geno was the only one playing. I think Bylsma was just hoping he’d adapt and it didn’t work out. Shoulda, coulda, woulda. It’s just another excuse as to why they couldn’t get it done at the end of the day.

  12. Liz - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Reblogged this on Sports Writing From A Woman.

    • thesableo - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      There’s plenty of women writing about sports…get a different gimmick if you really need one.

  13. bman7206 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Good luck on the front 9… Loser.

  14. titansbro - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    This LW-RW stuff is crap. He was productive in that spot in the the regular season & in the playoffs… until the Bs shut him down along with the rest of the Pens.

    It was a bad decision on his part. Everyone knew he fit better with Boston but he chose the hot team, not the better team, hoping to ride their coattails to a cup. Very short sighted decision.

    • dentals1 - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      Exactly, 12 points in 15 games as a RW and now the position is a problem? Excuses excuses. Not like he didn’t have 30 games there already.

  15. steelers88 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    The reason why the Penguins played Iginla at LW instead of RW is because of Crosby. Crosby didn’t want Iginla playing on his line he requested his line mates be Kunitz and Dupuis.

    • babykaby - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Oh Captain, my Captain.

  16. nosefacekillah - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Any doubt he signs in Boston this off-season? Horton will be a UFA after he hoists the cup in two weeks. His absolute dominance in post season play will land him a massive contract, perhaps in Edmonton, a team that desperately needs veteran leadership. Boston will have a spot open on its RW on the 2nd (or 1st) line. Iginla will fit in perfect with a 2 year deal discounted for the best team in hockey.

    • jasol20 - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Yeah, tons of doubt. The Bruins don’t want him. They held Iginla pointless while Horton was a major force in propelling the Bruins into their second Cup Final in three years. Way more likely that Horton even takes a pay cut to stay on this team, and that the Bruins shift things around to keep Horton. The Bruins’ system drafts well, and develops players even better. There are plenty of guys in the pipeline near NHL-caliber if not ready to go, and there is no way this team will take a guy looking for a free ride to the cup after he just stiffed them at the deadline. Bad player management move, and an even worse locker room move.

  17. clefty1 - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Looks like Iginla picked the wrong team. I always love it when the Pens go down.

  18. thebigtim2012 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    He made the right choice n without jags who knows how things would have turned out for the best TEAM in hockey. Jags made some crucial plays for us. All of Boston thanks you iggy. You made the right call.

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