UPDATE: Penguins, not Bruins, trade for Jarome Iginla
|03.28.13 at 12:28 am ET|
UPDATE [1:29 AM] Despite reports that Jarome Iginla to Boston was a done deal, the Penguins swooped in and swung a deal for the Flames captain. The deal leaves Boston without its top trade target.
In the press conference to announce the trade, Calgary general manager Jay Feaster indicated that Iginla, who listed the Bruins, Penguins, Blackhawks and Kings as teams for which he’d waive his no-trade clause, wanted to play for the Penguins. Asked about reports that the Bruins and Flames had swung a deal, Feaster said Pittsburgh was Iginla’s preference.
“We had multiple teams that we were dealing with, had multiple offers,” Feaster said. “At the end of the day, it’s a process of working with the player. Certainly the player has a role to play when the player has a no-trade/no-move, and in this instance, the deal that we consummated, this is where the player was prepared to waive for.”
The Penguins, who lead the Eastern Conference with 52 points and acquired former Stars captain Brenden Morrow, traded prospects Kenneth Agostino, Ben Hanowski and 2013 first-round pick. Feaster said that multiple teams had offered a first-round pick in their packages. The Bruins’ package was believed to be center Alexander Khokhlachev, defenseman Matt Bartkowski and a first-rounder.
Iginla, 35, has played his entire NHL career for the Flames since being acquired in a trade from Dallas. He was drafted 11th overall by the Stars in 1995 but never played for Dallas.
In his 16 NHL seasons, Iginla has 525 goals and 570 assists for 1,095 points. He has nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points in 31 games this season.
Iginla was a healthy scratch for Wednesday’s game against Colorado, leading to speculation that a deal would soon be made. It was made, just not the team people suspected.
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