Two months ago, it seemed Jarome Iginla was headed to the Bruins in a trade with the Calgary Flames to help the Black and Gold in their push for the Stanley Cup. However, Iginla blocked the trade to the Bruins, and instead, the Flames traded him to the Pittsburgh Penguins for two prospects and a draft pick.
It's fitting that the team Iginla turned down faces the team he plays for in the Eastern Conference Finals with a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals on the line. Boston Globe writer Kevin Paul Dupont says Bruins fans may hold a grudge against Iginla for turning down the Bruins, but that fans should be glad the trade never happened.
"I think in some way Boston fans should be thankful that [Matt] Bartkowski didn't go," Dupont said. "Fans are gonna be fans and hold grudges where they want to hold them, but I think [Flames GM] Jay Feaster has got the biggest complaint because … he could have executed the deal."
Dupont, Damon Amendolara and Bob Beers break down the trade that never was.