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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.
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.
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