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Claude Julien acknowledges Jarome Iginla trade rumors swirling

Bruins coach Claude Julien [1] acknowledged the trade rumors involving Calgary Flames [2] veteran superstar Jarome Iginla were swirling around his team after the Bruins blew it two-goal lead in the third period and lost 6-5 to the Montréal Canadiens in a shootout Wednesday night at TD Garden.

“I don’t know if it affected the game, but I know it’s present,” Julien said. “You know, there’€™s a lot of rumors circling around our team. I called a couple players into my office just to talk before the game about certain things and they were a little jumpy ‘€“ they were all expected the worst news. And it had nothing to do with trades more than talking about the game. So it’€™s present and it’€™s pretty obvious why.

Julien also would not offer specific comment on two controversial calls against the Bruins late in the third that eventually ended in the game-tying goal, unlike earlier in the month when he accused the Canadiens of “embellishment” in drawing penalties in a win at TD Garden over the Bruins.