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Claude Julien: Proving Jarome Iginla wrong not Bruins’ priority vs. Penguins

Posted By DJ Bean On May 27, 2013 @ 1:20 pm In General | 3 Comments

Jarome Iginla chose the Penguins [1] over the Bruins, and now they have a chance to make that decision look wrong.

The Bruins and Flames [2] agreed to a deal prior to the trade deadline that would have sent Matt Bartkowski, Alexander Khokhlachev and a first-round pick to Calgary in exchange for Iginla. The veteran right wing had said he would waive his no-trade clause for the Bruins, Penguins [1], Kings or Blackhawks, but upon the agreement of the trade informed the Flames [2] that he would only go to the Penguins. The Flames then negotiated a deal with Pittsburgh to accommodate him.

At the time, the Bruins said they took no issue with Iginla’s decision, but the Iginla-Boston storyline will certainly get attention during the Conference finals. Claude Julien [3] understands that, but he sees bigger motivation to beat the Penguins than simply proving Iginla wrong.

“I would say that moving to the Stanley Cup [4] Finals is way more important than that situation,” Julien said. “That’€™s where our focus has to be.”

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