At one point Wednesday night, according to Canada’s TSN network and other media outlets eager to appear to be experts, Jarome Iginla had been traded from Calgary to Boston for two prospects and a first-round draft pick. A few scrupulous souls like Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe were cautious and said the trade hadn’t been confirmed, but most followed TSN’s report like lemmings to the sea.
Um, not so fast.
Iginla, the valiant right wing who will be 36 this summer, was traded to Pittsburgh, not to Boston, a true stunner. Not only because so many people were so wrong but because the Penguins had already loaded up this week for a Stanley Cup run by acquiring veteran forward Brenden Morrow from Dallas and rugged defenseman Douglas Murray from San Jose.
“Apologies, had multiple sources confirm a trade that did not happen,” TSN studio analyst Aaron Ward tweeted later.
The deal that did happen after midnight Eastern time sent Iginla—whose contract expires after the season--to Pittsburgh for college prospects Ben Hanowski of St. Cloud State and Kenny Agostino of Yale, plus a first-round pick in 2013. Iginla, like Morrow, had to waive his no-trade clause for the deal to go through. It couldn’t have been a tough decision. Iginla—a healthy scratch for Calgary’s game Wednesday—was scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday morning to share his thoughts and bid farewell to the city he represented so well for 16 seasons.