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Frustration In Boston And Calgary Too?

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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w2j2's avatar

So Iginla “forced” Calgary to take the lesser offer, which makes Ray Shero look like a genius.

A similar thing played out last year when Ryan Suter chose to go to Minnesota rather than Detroit.  That deal left Ken Holland waiting at the alter….

Posted by w2j2 on 03/28/13 at 12:39 PM ET


A similar thing played out last year when Ryan Suter chose to go to Minnesota rather than Detroit.  That deal left Ken Holland waiting at the alter….

The two situations really aren’t at all similar.  Iginla was the property of the Flames and forced them to do something detrimental to the franchise*, whereas Suter was a free agent and free to do whatever he wanted.  Holland’s been around long enough to know that nothing exists until pen hits paper.

*Of course you can just as easily say what really hurt the Flames was giving Iginla a NTC in the first place.  I won’t argue there.  But if Iginla gave Feaster a list of teams he’d accept a trade to, then decided at the last minute he’d only accept a trade to one team that’s kind of a dick move and I’m sure anyone other than Iginla would get savaged in the media for it.

Posted by RoneFace on 03/28/13 at 04:10 PM ET

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