|Matt Bartkowski happy Jarome Iginla trade fell through||03.29.13 at 2:37 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — He was signed to a contract extension so he could be traded, then he was scratched because he was traded, then he wasn’t traded and now he’s practicing and going to work every day with the Bruins, even though he still might be traded. He’s Matt Bartkowski, ladies and gentlemen.
Bartkowski, who was signed to a one-year, one-way extension Wednesday worth $650,000, was one third of the package that the Bruins agreed to ship to Calgary for Jarome Iginla, with Alexander Khokhlachev and a first-round pick also included in the deal. When Flames general manager Jay Feaster told B’s GM Peter Chiarelli that the deal was done, both sides agreed to scratch all players involved in the deal for that night’s games.
Bartkowski, who had played the previous two games in place of the injured Johnny Boychuk, saw the B’s recall another defenseman (Torey Krug) to play in his place Wednesday against the Canadiens, and was left to wonder what was happening. During the game, reports of the package headed to Calgary surfaced.
“Throughout the game, I started hearing rumors and stuff like that,” Bartkowski said. “It was a little unsettling.”
The trade obviously didn’t go down, so Bartkowski found himself in the odd position of being on a team that he knows tried to trade him. The trade deadline has still yet to pass and the Bruins obviously have moves to make, so there’s still a good chance that Bartkowski could be moved. The time between now and Wednesday’s deadline (or a trade; whichever comes first) might be awkward or nerve-wracking, but the 24-year-old defenseman is trying to keep it out of his mind.
“It’s not something that I can control, so I try not to worry about it or pay attention to it,” he said.
In fact, as strange as all of this has been, Bartkowski says he’s glad with the end (so far) result. While Bruins players should feel slighted that Iginla chose the Penguins over them, at least one Bruin was relieved when it all fell apart.
“I’m happy that it didn’t go through,” Bartkowski said. “I like it here, I like being here and I’m excited about being here.”
|Bruins not offended by Jarome Iginla’s decision, but can still prove him wrong||03.29.13 at 2:05 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Jarome Iginla slighted the Bruins when, after the Flames and B’s agreed to a trade Wednesday, he told the Flames that he wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause to go to Boston and would rather play for the Penguins. That’s it, plain and simple, but the Bruins on Friday showed no effects of having been spurned.
David Krejci likely would have been Iginla’s center, and the addition of the rugged right wing would have given Krejci a more consistent scorer in a season in which linemates Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton have seen their offense go missing for long stretches.
“I’ve got nothing [to say] about it,” Krejci said. “I’m just playing a game. I heard rumors he might be coming here and I guess he picked Pittsburgh, and that’s his decision. We’re still the same team as we were a couple days ago.”
The message Bruins players could have gotten from the fiasco is that Iginla thought he had a better chance of winning with the Penguins than he would have with the Bruins. That should add extra motivation for the Bruins to prove him wrong, but the B’s don’t want to make it about Iginla.
“They’re a great team, so it’s always been a motivation to play Pittsburgh,” Patrice Bergeron said. “I don’t think this should change anything. We’re confident in our team. It’s always been that way, so to me it doesn’t matter.”
The Penguins have won 14 games in a row, while the Bruins have gone 7-5-2. The Penguins have Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, two of the best three or four players in the league. The Bruins don’t blame him for picking Pittsburgh, but they feel they’re still capable enough to make him regret not picking the B’s.
“That was his entitlement. He’s got a no-trade clause, and when you look at what Pittsburgh’s done, you’ve got to respect the guy’s decision. It was his decision to make, and he made that,” Claude Julien said. “It will be at the end of the the year that he’ll see whether he made the right decision or not.
“Certainly there’s no animosity here. We’re a good team, and if he would have come here it would have made us better. He’s not here because he went somewhere else and we’ve turned the page. It’s about us right now, not about him.”
|Steve Yzerman says Lightning will not trade Martin St. Louis||03.29.13 at 12:30 pm ET|
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun Friday that the team will not trade right wing Martin St. Louis. Following the trade of Jarome Iginla to the Penguins, it had been speculated that the Bruins could target St. Louis in a trade, but that should be put to rest now.
“Marty St. Louis is not going to be traded,” Yzerman told LeBrun. “He remains one of the best players in the league and an extremely important player to our team, both on and off the ice. We are a team in transition, we just made a coaching change, Marty is one of the leaders of the team, he is not going anywhere.”
St. Louis, 37, is signed through 2014-15 with an annual $5.625 million cap hit and has a no-trade clause. In 33 games this season, he has eight goals and 34 assists for 42 points and a minus-3 rating.
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|Peter Chiarelli: Flames told Bruins they had a deal for Jarome Iginla||03.28.13 at 4:03 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held a press conference Thursday at TD Garden to inform the media of what took place Wednesday as the B’s thought they had acquired Flames captain Jarome Iginla, only to see him get dealt to the Penguins.
The Bruins and Flames agreed to a deal that would sent Alexander Khokhlachev, Matt Bartkowski and a non-conditional first-round pick to the Flames for Iginla. The 35-year-old had put the Bruins on a list of four teams for which he’d move his no-trade clause, but after the Flames told the Bruins that they had “won the sweepstakes” and scratched their captain Wednesday for the sake of the trade, Iginla informed Flames general manager Jay Feaster that he wanted to play for the Penguins. The Flames then completed a deal with Pittsburgh to accommodate the player.
Chiarelli said that he was “assured that the list was teams the he would go to and waive his no-trade” and that he never had an indication throughout the process that it was an ordered list of any kind.
“I guess you initially feel [hoodwinked], but I’ve been around for a while and i’ve seen things happen similar to this, and it happens,” he said. “We were on the list, and you assume that once you come to a deal, that you’re going to get the player. That’s what I was operating under.”
Chiarelli described the events of Wednesday as such:
“We were informed around noon yesterday that we had the player, we’d won the sweepstakes, so to speak. [Feaster] just had to talk to Jarome and his agent regarding logistics of everything. From that point on, there had been some discussions regarding Jarome taking some time, not to decide, but to let things soak in.
“Then we had our game and prior to that, we’d made moves, as did they. They scratched Jarome. We’d made moves, scratching Bart and Koko, who was playing in Providence. We brought up Torey [Krug], and we relied on the fact that we had a deal.
“Now, these things happen all the time — more than you know — about deals going south for whatever reason. We believed we had a deal and we operated on the premise of the deal. When things were silent — obviously, in my experience, when things go silent, usually something is going screwy from your end. It was.
“Later that night, around 12, I got a call from Jay saying that it was the player’s choice and he opted to go to Pittsburgh, so we were out. That’s it in a nutshell.”
Chiarelli said that he asked for the opportunity to speak to Iginla, but “didn’t get it.” Asked if he was surprised to see this happen to a team that’s been a destination of sorts for players in recent years, he guessed that the Penguins’ 13-game win streak may have made up Iginla’s mind.
“Here’s what I think: I think that Pitt, and God bless them because I like Ray Shero and the whole group there, Pitt has been on this amazing run, and we’ve been in and out a little bit lately,” Chiarelli said. “We’re a very good team, and I think as the wind blows in the last couple of days, I think that’s how it goes.”
|UPDATE: Penguins, not Bruins, trade for Jarome Iginla||03.28.13 at 12:28 am ET|
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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|Bruins blow another third-period lead, lose to Habs in shootout||03.27.13 at 10:37 pm ET|
The Bruins blew their latest third-period lead, allowing the Habs to come back from a 5-3 deficit in the third to force overtime and eventually beat the B’s in a shootout, 6-5. The win puts the Habs, who have played one more game than Boston, ahead of the B’s in the Northeast Division with 47 points to Boston’s 46.
Brendan Gallagher, who factored into the final two goals in the third to tie it, scored the game-winner in the sixth round of the shootout after the teams were a combined 0-for-11.
The Bruins came back from a 2-0 Canadiens lead (goals from Michael Ryder and P.K. Subban) by exploding in the second period with goals from Dougie Hamilton, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Nathan Horton. The second-period outburst by the B’s landed Carey Price on the bench to begin the third period, with Peter Budaj taking over.
After Ryder scored his second goal of the night in the third period to make it 4-3, Tyler Seguin scored a breakaway goal to give the B’s the two-goal lead again. Gallagher made it 5-4 with 7:42 to play and Andrei Markov tied it with less than 10 seconds to play on a power-play goal.
For the second straight game, the Bruins started with tweaked lines before returning to their normal trios. Marchand began on the third line with Rich Peverley and Jordan Caron before being returned to Bergeron’s line in the second period.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Bruins blew a two-goal lead in the third period. Holding on in the final period continues to be an issue for this team, and it’s the second time in three games against Montreal this season in which the B’s have allowed the Habs to come back in the third.
– The Bruins had to kill off two penalties in the final 10 minutes of a one-goal game game thanks to penalties to Zdeno Chara (elbowing at 15:11) and Aaron Johnson (delay of game with 1:27 left). Bergeron came up with a mammoth clear by swiping the puck out of the zone with just over 30 seconds to play, but the Habs had time to get set up again, with Andrei Markov firing shot past Tuukka Rask to tie the game.
– Some tough luck for Dennis Seidenberg, as the puck bounced up and hit him in the face (luckily he wears a shield) before Gallagher took it and put it around and past Rask.
– Michael Ryder struck again, but this time he did it twice. The former Bruin has now scored in both games against the B’s since being re-acquired by the Habs, and he was able to beat Rask to open the scoring despite taking quite a while to handle the puck after receiving the puck at the left circle from Tomas Plekanec. With his two goals Wednesday, Ryder now has 12 goals on the season.
– Holy smokes is P.K. Subban a bad man. His second-period goal — an absolute laser of a slapshot from the right point that beat Tuukka Rask top right corner — was reminiscent of his game-tying goal against Tim Thomas in Game 7 of the 2011 Eastn Conference quarterfinals. He also had an end-to-end rush in the second in which he went past three Bruins before being stopped by Rask. Bruins fans might not like him, but Pernell Karl is as talented as they come and pretty exciting to watch.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– A couple of goal-scorers who hadn’t been scoring too much were able to find the back of the net, as Marchand scored his second goal in the last 12 games and Nathan Horton picked up his second in the last 15 games. Marchand was all alone in front of net on his second-period tally, and scored it the hard way despite being set up to score it pretty easily. Marchand was all alone in front of Price when he took the feed from Bergeron and had plenty of time before backhanding it over the net. The scrappy forward stuck with the play though, picking up the puck as it bounced off the boards and jamming it in to tie the game at two.
– Bergeron had a four-point night (one goal, three assists), but his performance was already notable prior to him getting his third assist of the night on Seguin’s goal. Some great research from WEEI’s Michael Berger, who pointed out that Wednesday’s performance from Bergeron gives him three three-point games this month, which makes for the most three-point games he’s had in a single month in his entire career. Of course, this month has more games than usual given that it’s a more compressed schedule, but it’s still impressive to see such a good performance from a Bruin in a month that has given the B’s trouble in recent years.
– Hamilton now has points in consecutive games (a goal and an assist) after going the previous 10 contests without a point. He was back on the 2-on-1 that yielded Michael Ryder’s goal and took a holding penalty in the third period of a one-goal game, but it’s good to see the points starting to come a bit more for the rookie.
– Playing in his first NHL game of the season after being recalled Wednesday, defenseman Torey picked up his first point of the season by assisting Bergeron’s goal on the power play. Krug was actually pretty shaky on the earlygoing of the man-advantage, struggling to handle the puck, but his slapshot yielded a rebound that found its way from Rich Peverley to Bergeron.
|Bruins recall Torey Krug from Providence||03.27.13 at 6:16 pm ET|
The Bruins recalled defenseman Torey Krug from Providence Wednesday, and the 21-year-old will be available for Wednesday night’s game against the Canadiens.
In 55 games for Providence this season, Krug has 10 goals and 24 assists for 34 points and a minus-6 rating. The timing of the callup is intriguing given that it’s a week before the trade deadline. The Bruins may have recalled him for a potential showcase or as a body in the event that they move one of the defensemen currently on the roster.
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