Archive for March 27th, 2013

Jarome Iginla traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins

27 Mar

Did you ever think you’d see this day?

Ever since the announcement came out that Iginla was a healthy scratch against the Avalanche, you knew it was done.

Late last night it was announced that Pittsburgh sent the Flames college players Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski as well as the Penguins’ first pick in the 2013 draft for Iginla.

TSN reported early in the night that Boston Bruins defenceman Matt Bartkowski, prospect Alexander Khokhlachev, and a first-round draft pick were headed to the Calgary Flames for Iginla. It had been speculated for quite a while, as Bartkowski is a healthy scratch for the Bruins while Khokhlachev wasn’t in the lineup for Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence. Serves us all right for listening to Aaron Ward over Bob MacKenzie.

When you look back on this, how we got 16 seasons out of a guy we traded an aging Joe Nieuwendyk for, someone who became our all-time leader in pretty much every offensive category, he doesn’t owe us a thing. If we can get a couple prospects and a 1st round pick for him, I think that’s fair. Plus he’ll be back here in a few months anyway, so what’s the big deal?

As an aside, the Flames beat the Avs 4-3 to stay out of the NHL basement and stay six points out of eighth (with six teams to pass).

Thanks for the memories Iggy!

My favourite Iginla memory is The Shift. Darryl Sutter called it that. He said he had never seen one player dominate an entire team before. It was in the 2004 playoffs against Tampa Bay, in OT, if I remember correctly. Here is a description from YouTube: In Game 5 of the 2004 Cup Finals, Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla had a shift for the ages. He was hooked, held, and had his helmet ripped off. In spite of all that, he persevered and set up the OT winner. It would’ve gone down as one of the all-time great Calgary Flames moments, if they had closed it out in Game 6. As is, its a tribute to the spirit and grit of the greatest player ever to put on a Flames jersey.

Of course setting up the Golden Goal was memorable, but that wasn’t as a Flame. Doesn’t count.


Blackhawks 2 – Flames 0

27 Mar

Well this could have been a lot worse. The Flames were badly outplayed and outshot 35-16, but Miikka “you ain’t gonna trade me” Kiprusoff kept it respectable. But the storyline is, and will be for the next week, what will happen to the Flames before the trade deadline.

It’s interesting that Miikka isn’t interested in a trade – if only for a few month rental. I would think that he would want to go out on a high note, rather than just try to keep the lowly Flames out of the basement. Oh well, good for him for putting his family first.

Iginla on the other hand is in a different situation, he can be a rent-a-player for a few months without having to hurt his family, his team, or his fan-base here in Calgary. I can’t see why this deal does not happen. And Chicago seems like the perfect destination for him.

But who really cares about talk of trading our best player and best goalie this franchise has ever known? I know you’re really interested in seeing how I did with my predictions from the last post!


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