Boston.com - According to general manager Peter Chiarelli, the Bruins were informed at approximately noon on Wednesday that they had acquired Jarome Iginla from Calgary. The Bruins’ offer was Matt Bartkowski, Alexander Khokhlachev, and a first-round pick. But before midnight, the Flames told the Bruins that Iginla was going to Pittsburgh. The Penguins traded a first-round pick and prospects Ken Agostino and Ben Hanowski. Sometime in between, when Chiarelli’s calls to Calgary met radio silence, the trade went off the rails. “We relied on the fact that we had a deal,” said Chiarelli of scratching Bartkowski and Khokhlachev and promoting Torey Krug. “Now, these things happen all the time, more than you know, about deals going south for whatever reason. We believed we had a deal. We operated on the premise that we had a deal. When things were silent, in my experience, when things go silent, things are usually going screwy from your end. And it was.” After telling Chiarelli the initial news, Calgary GM Jay Feaster said he wanted to give Iginla some time to consider the trade. Chiarelli agreed.“I assume it’s because of the magnitude of the player Jarome was for the organization, they wanted to give him some space on this,” Chiarelli said.
When Feaster told Chiarelli the news that Iginla was going to Pittsburgh, the Calgary GM acknowledged something had happened to scotch the Boston deal. Ultimately, Chiarelli believes Pittsburgh’s 13-game winning streak, combined with the Bruins’ recent peaks and valleys, played a part in Iginla’s decision. During his press conference in Calgary today, Iginla acknowledged that getting an opportunity to play with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were significant factors in his decision.
Listen I readily admit that I’m not a hockey guy, but even I know when I just got fucked in the ass. And guess what guys? We just got fucked in the ass. I mean Jarome Iginla has to be public enemy #1 right now right? He just spit right in Boston’s face. Boston made the best offer. Calagary accepted it and then he vetoed. Even I’m offended by this. What type of lunatic would ever choose to go live in Pittsburgh over Boston? Pittsburgh! What’s next? People choosing to go play in Buffalo or Cleveland over us? Yeah I know the Pens are good. Who cares? So are the Bruins. Hey Jarome…now yis can’t leave. That’s right. I’m back on the fucking bandwagon. Nobody disrespects me in my own house like this.