|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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|Report: Bruins claim shootout comedian Kaspars Daugavins||03.27.13 at 12:13 pm ET|
According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Bruins have claimed forward Kaspars Daugavins off waivers from the Senators.
Daugavins, who Bruins fans will remember for his zany shootout attempt against Tuukka Rask earlier this month, has one goal and two assists for three points and a minus-6 rating in 19 games for Ottawa this season.
For what it’s worth, Daugavins is 1-for-3 on shootout attempts this season.
|Claude Julien tweaks lines for morning skate, Johnny Boychuk’s status uncertain||03.27.13 at 12:05 pm ET|
Wednesday’s morning skate featured more tweaking of the Bruins’ line as they prepare to host the Canadiens in a contest for first place in the Northeast Division. Claude Julien has moved Milan Lucic back with David Krejci and Nathan Horton, while Brad Marchand skated on the third line with Rich Peverley and Jordan Caron.
The lines were as follows:
Johnny Boychuk, who has missed the last two games with an apparent foot injury, was back on the ice for the Bruins for the first time since leaving practice last Friday. Julien said following the morning skate that Boychuk’s status for Wednesday’s game is “uncertain” given that he has not been cleared to play. Boychuk will be re-evaluated Wednesday afternoon.
Matt Bartkowski said he is unsure whether he is in the lineup for Wednesday, but don’t count out Bartkowski playing even if Boychuk returns given Aaron Johnson‘s recent struggles.
|Bruins give Matt Bartkowski 1-year extension||03.26.13 at 12:08 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Tuesday that they have signed defenseman Matt Bartkowski to a one-year contract extension through next season and signed Minnesota-Duluth defenseman Chris Casto to an entry level contract.
Bartkowski’s deal is a one-way contract worth $650,000. The 24-year-old has skated in the Bruins’ last two games, totaling no points and a minus-2 rating.