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Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired St. Louis’ 2013 first round pick, defenseman Mark Cundari and goaltender Reto Berra in exchange for Jay Bouwmeester. In the event St. Louis does not qualify for the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Flames will receive St. Louis’ 4th round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and the first round pick will be deferred to the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Cundari, a native of Woodbridge, ON, is currently in his third professional season with Peoria of the AHL. In 56 games this season he has scored 7 goals and added 18 assists for 25 points while accumulating 80 penalty minutes. The 5’10”, 200 lb rearguard played four seasons with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL capturing back to back Memorial Cup championships in 2008-09 and 2009-10. The 22 year old was signed as free agent by St. Louis in 2010.
The Calgary Flames have granted the Toronto Maple Leafs permission to talk to goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff's representatives.
Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis has been vocal about his interest in adding a veteran goaltender to play alongside James Reimer and Kiprusoff's name has been front and centre. According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Leafs have discussed a contract extension with Kiprusoff's agent.
Kiprusoff has one year remaining past this season on a six-year deal he signed prior to the 2008-09 season worth an average annual value of $5.8333 million.
from Scott Mitchell of the Calgary Sun,
Popular opinion says Jay Feaster has been taken to school a couple times over the last 22 months and change.
It started with the Robyn Regehr deal.
It continued during the Ryan O’Reilly saga.
It was cemented with the return for Jarome Iginla.
The Calgary Flames GM has been panned more than a deep-dish pizza.
While still refusing to use the word ‘rebuild’ — instead subbing the word ‘retool’ during Wednesday’s late-night Iginla trade presser — Feaster has been not-so-quietly stockpiling NCAA talent like it’s going out of style.
Ron MacLean of HNIC chatted with Jarome Iginla today via satellite after his first game with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Iginla discusses his first game with the Penguins and the trade process.
The Hockey Central Trade Tracker panel at Sportsnet believes Jay Bouwmeester will be traded by Wednesday and mention some possible destinations.
Fans came to their feet while tise tribute was played on the scoreboard at the Saddledome tonight. Calgary players also stood and pounded their stcks on the boards.
Jarome Iginla bid farewell to the city of Calgary on Thursday with same the class and dignity he displayed on and off the ice with the Flames over 16 NHL seasons.
"I want to thank the fans in Calgary," the now-former Flames captain told reporters at a crowded Ed Whalen Media Lounge at Scotiabank Saddledome.
"I never thought I'd play here so long. It's a great city, a great community and a great place to live. Leaving is tough, but it's a great opportunity to go to Pittsburgh and do some good things there."
Jarome Iginla will be holding a press conference from the Saddledome in Calgary today.
It is scheduled to start at 12:30pm ET and can be viewed below and the NHL Network will be broadcasting it too.
update 1:15pm, Press conference has ended.
from Eric Wilbur of the Boston Globe,
As if the Bruins’ 6-5 loss to the Canadiens weren’t painful enough, blowing a two-goal, third-period lead, and ultimately losing in a dreadful shootout, Boston lost out on their guy by no fault of its own. The Bruins reportedly offered Calgary a package that included defenseman Matt Bartkowski, 19-year-old center Alexander Khokhlachev, and a first-round draft pick. But Iginla has a no-movement clause, and he told Flames GM Jay Feaster that he’d rather play for the Penguins.
The cost? Two college kids and a first-round draft pick.
If anyone should be most frustrated about how things went down Wednesday night, it should be Calgary Flames fans, first and foremost. The Flames reportedly preferred the Boston offer, but bowed to the wishes of their franchise player and took one that paled in comparison. Wasn’t this supposed to be about building for the future instead of patting the guy on the back on his way out the door? Owner Murray Edwards and Feaster are sure to be roasted today north of the border for not getting significant value in return for their franchise player.
Not to mention, why exactly the urgency to make the deal a week before the deadline? If it was a case of them bowing to the athlete’s demands, then maybe Iginla isn’t really the type of dressing room presence the Bruins ultimately want.
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