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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.
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announce that Jarome Iginla will be a healthy scratch from the line-up for tonight’s game versus the Colorado Avalanche. No further information will be provided at this time.
These are complex negotiations and the only thing you can be sure of is that Calgary’s hockey operations department is feverishly poring over the reserve lists of any teams they think will bid on Iginla – to see if someone there has the necessary upside to make the deal. Otherwise, it may go the way the Rick Nash talks did at last year’s trading deadline: Two months of feverish updates followed by … nothing.
And wouldn’t that be an anti-climactic result to the Iginla sweepstakes after all this breathless anticipation?
-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail where you can read more on the Iginla topic.
Perhaps Iginla should start using genf20 plus to add a few more years to his career.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Here’s the latest on the Jarome Iginla trade front:
-Calgary GM Jay Feaster is asking for goaltender Malcolm Subban to be part of any package from Boston. Boston GM Peter Chiarelli flatly refuses to include Subban in any package.
-Feaster, who is looking for two prospects and a draft pick for Iginla, has also approached Los Angeles about goalie Jonathan Bernier. It is believed that Bernier and a first-round pick would be enough to make Iginla a King.
-A Pittsburgh source suspects that GM Ray Shero may not be willing to part with the prospects required to land Iginla, but will stay in the auction to drive price up for Boston.
-Chicago was contacted by Feaster, not the other way around — and the Blackhawks are now discussing internally the cost of a rental player, and whether Iginla would be able to play the left wing behind right wingers Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane. Chicago has not made an offer to Calgary yet, nor received a trade proposal from Feaster. But if 20-year-old Brandon Saad is in the equation, “That trade is not happening,” said a Blackhawks source.
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Let's do this interview-style:
Q: Is he available?
A: Depends on who you are. Right now, he will only consider an elite group of teams with high Stanley Cup aspirations. The Flames would like him to expand that list because it increases their chances of a better return. Would St. Louis, for example, want in on this possibility? But Iginla's no-move protection allows him control of this process, so that is totally up to him.
Q: OK, what are the teams?
A: There are multiple reports of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings. I was nervous Saturday about specific teams because there was conflicting information. Initially, the four mentioned to me were Pittsburgh, Boston, Los Angeles and Anaheim Ducks. I don't like to guess and wasn't certain.
Here's the kicker, though. There are some excellent sources who say Iginla would go to the Vancouver Canucks.
A: For all the drama around the Lions Gate Bridge this season, the Canucks are third in the Western Conference and tied for the sixth in the NHL. That said, Vancouver is probably Calgary's 28th choice as a trade partner (guess who's last) and it fits with what Kevin Weekes said on Hotstove Tonight this past weekend.
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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Boston, L.A., and Chicago would be the only suitors for Iginla. He had four teams on his list of places he’d go to waive his no-move clause and Pittsburgh, one of them, just traded for Brenden Morrow, so they’re out. I think it’ll be the Kings, where Darryl Sutter stands behind the bench, but that’s just an educated guess. The Kings are using Justin Williams as their No. 1 right-winger and have had rookie Tyler Toffoli on the right side with Jeff Carter and Mike Richards on a second line, with Dustin Penner subbing in there. Absolutely, the Kings would take Iginla–maye moving the UFA Penner–but they’re also looking for a defenceman.
Iginla, who turns 36 in July, is somewhere in between the Bourque-Ilya Kovalchuk-Marian Hossa trade situation, all of whom had contracts ending. Bourque was 39 and fetched Brian Rolston, Sami Pahlsson and a first-round pick (Martin Samuelsson, who never panned out). Pahlsson was quickly traded to Anaheim where he won the Stanley Cup in 2007. Kovalchuk, then 27, brought the Thrashers Johnny Oduya and others, with Oduya the only player with staying power as an NHL regular. Hossa, then 29, went to Pittsburgh for Colby Armstrong, Eric Christensen, Angelo Esposito and a first-round pick. Strangely, the player who went to the Penguins with Hossa, Pascal Dupuis, is playing on the Penguins’ No. 1 line with Sidney Crosby; while Hossa only stayed there for a few months.
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from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
Hope is ebbing. Unrest growing. Blame moving out and spreading swiftly, like ripples in a still pond.
It’s all so numbingly, distressingly familiar.
With a fourth consecutive springtime of playoff-less hockey in the offing, will the Calgary Flames actually institute meaningful change or continue the familiar pattern of caution that has characterized this organizational philosophy?
Be warned: The usual, hollow post-failure vow to savagely, thoroughly critique the entire setup, top to bottom, and make the necessary alterations won’t cut it anymore. The rot has gone on too long.
They are, if you can bear to look, closer to 30th overall than eighth in the Western Conference.
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