Wednesday, March 27, 2013

DEVELOPING: Iginla Says Goodbyes Tomorrow in Calgary...??? (UPDATED To Pittsburgh With Good-Byes)

According to TSN's Jermain Franklin, via his Twitter:

Iginla will say his goodbyes in a formal setting tomorrow

After being listed as a healthy scratch in tonight's game versus Colorado, Calgary Flames legend Jarome Iginla left the Saddledomer arena to avoid any kind of circus that could occur in line with an impending trade to Boston for Boston prospect Alexander Khokhlachev (who is a scratch for Providence tonight), Matt Bartkowski, and a #1 pick.

Iginla had played in 441 straight games for the Flames before tonight, the first game he missed in almost six seasons.

David Pagnotta over @TheFourthPeriod is saying that the Bruins could have an announcement after their game with Montreal. But eyewitnesses in Calgary are saying that Flames GM Jay Feaster was seen walking the halls with his head down- looking like someone kicked his dog...

It's reminiscent of when the Boston Bruins traded Ray Bourque to Colorado- trying to get a hero a solid and give him the chance to win a Stanley Cup before his career is through.
((HT: ABC Sports/NHL))

And all hell may have broken loose for the remaining week of the trade deadline...

Then, Bob McKenzie at TSN gives this caveat:

This comes with usual "anything can happen" qualifier but multiple sources saying not to expect a Jarome Iginla trade tonight

AM UPDATE: There was some backdoor chatter that the LA Kings would swoop in at the last, but no one would have expected Ray Shero and the Pittsburgh Penguins to do it after the Brendan Morrow and Doug Murray deals...

Of course, except for Ray Shero and the Pittsburgh Penguins...

Iggy goes to the Pens for college forwards Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski and Pittsburgh’s first-round pick at the 2013 draft.

“We as an organization owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Jarome, not only for what he did for the franchise during his tenure as a player here and as our captain, but also for the fact that now as we recognize that despite our best efforts, and despite the work we’ve put in, we’ve fallen short of the goals we set for ourselves as an organization,” Flames general manager Jay Feaster said in a prepared statement.

Yep, all hell just broke loose...

PM UPDATE: Here's Part 1 of the good-bye press conference...
((HT: Sportsnet))

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