Neely still irritated at Iginla deal that wasn't

Neely still irritated at Iginla deal that wasn't
April 2, 2013, 5:30 pm
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It's been a week, but Bruins president Cam Neely -- if his comments to Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti today on 98.5 The Sports Hub's 'Felger & Mazz' are any indication -- is still irritated at the trade that wasn't with Calgary for Jarome Iginla.

"We were told we had a deal," Neely said flatly. "What happened from when we were told we had a deal until [Iginla] ended up in Pittsburgh is anybody's guess."

To recap: Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was told by his Flames' counterpart, Jay Feaster, that Calgary had accepted the B's offer and that Iginla -- the offensive piece the Bruins were seeking, one they're attempting to replicate with today's acquisition of Jaromir Jagr -- was headed to Boston. What followed was 12 hours of silence from the Flames, as Chiarelli attempted unsuccessfully to reach either Iginla or his agent . . . and then the stunning news, at around midnight, that Iginla was instead going to the Penguins.

"No, there's nothing we would have done differently," said Neely, who never mentioned either Feaster or Iginla by name during the interview. "Yes, I feel like we did everything that we thought we could to consummate the deal. Again, when you're told you have a deal and you hang up the phone and think that you've got the player, I don't know what else you could do.

"When you lose any kind of contact for a period of time and then you start to question what's going on, and Peter does ask to speak with the player or the agent and is not permitted to do so, you start to wonder what's really happening . . .

"We were told we had a deal done."

There are reports that Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby contacted Iginla after he'd been traded to Boston, convincing him to come to Pittsburgh, which prompted Felger to ask Neely if the B's would request an NHL investigation.

"I would assume that the league would take a look at it," answered Neely, "but I don't know where it would end up . . . to be honest with you . . .

"What I do know, though, is it's disappointing that you think you have a deal in place -- and you were verbally told you had a deal in place -- and it doesn't happen. That, to me, is a little bit disappointing . . . "

Neely also said that, as far as he knows, there's been no contact between Chiarelli and Feaster since the trade fell through. He also said that, in the end, the B's don't know exactly how everything fell apart.

"Unless Calgary or the player comes out and says this is what happened," he said, "I don't think we'll ever really know."