The last few weeks one name has been circulating around the trade rumor market when it came to the Boston Bruins. Jarome Iginla. Late last night, it was reported that the long serving captain of the Calgary Flames will now be putting on the spoked “B”. In exchange for acquiring a very powerful veteran winger, Calgary is marked receive center Alex Khokhlachev, (currently on the Providence roster), defenseman Matt Bartkowski,(another P-Bruin who has seen some time in Boston), and a conditional 1st round pick.(Subject to whether or not #12 agrees to re-sign with Boston.)
That was the deal, and it looked set in stone. The next morning, we all woke up and discovered that sometime during the night, Iginla chose to go to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Iginla was selected by the Dallas Stars in the first round (eleventh overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded a few months later to the Calgary Flames as part of a package deal for Joe Nieuwendyk. He proceeded to play over the next seventeen seasons (and one lockout) a total of 1,219 games. In the course of his career he has racked up five hundred and twenty five goals and nearly eleven hundred points (1,095). He has set several records for the Flames, and the blow to Calgary will be intense and emotional.
Now Chiarelli has to focus again, and get back to work right away to fix our biggest problem. The Bruins have been very inconsistent in the scoring department. We all know they are a quality team, but we’ve only gotten our money’s worth in production from two lines. Our main line has been by and large lethargic, and the third line has been a merry-go-round of players who either spend a lot of time as healthy scratches, or get shipped back to Providence (or traded).