NHL.com – In a shocking turn of events on a wild Thursday morning, the Calgary Flames announced that they’ve traded franchise icon Jarome Iginla to the Penguins for Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, the rights to unsigned draft choice Kenneth Agostino and unsigned draft choice Ben Hanowski.
Throughout much of Wednesday night, reports from numerous media outlets had Iginla being traded to Boston, but the Flames announced the deal with Pittsburgh at 1:30 a.m. ET Thursday, not long after their 4-3 home victory against Colorado.
It is the third major deal in the past 72 hours by Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero. On Monday, he obtained gritty veteran forward Brenden Morrow from the Dallas Stars for prospect Joe Morrow and a draft pick. Less than 24 hours later, he plucked veteran defenseman Douglas Murray from San Jose for two second-round picks. Now he has bagged Iginla, the prize of this year’s trade market
Iginla, 35, has nine goals and 22 points this season for the struggling Flames. He has played his entire NHL career in Calgary, scoring 525 goals with the Flames. He had played 441 consecutive games before the Flames scratched him Wednesday night for their game against the Avalanche. He had appeared in every game for Calgary since April 7, 2007.
Iginla will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Thanks, ESPN. God damn world wide leaders in bullshit stories. I know it was an incorrect story. I blogged it and then 15-minutes ago a handful of outlets, along with the Calgary team, reported he was in fact traded to Pittsburgh. This is exactly why you don’t go counting all your ducks before they’ve hatched. You jump to conclusions and you get made to look like a fool over the internet. Thanks, world. From now I’m going by the law of needing 3 solid references before I post a story. Remember all that, “I broke the Iginla trade to the Boston Bruins 4-hours early, yadda yadda yadda that I spewed earlier? Well I was dead wrong. It was a total misunderstanding on my part. A dream if you will. Jarome Iginla was actually traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Oops. Sucks to be Boston tonight. First you blow a 2-goal lead in the 3rd, lose in a shootout, and then get swindled during the late night/early morning hours for a deal involving a forward you desperately needed and wanted. Time to bathe with the toasters, Beantown. Pittsburgh’s about to beat that Eastern Conference ass!