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Thursday, 28 March 2013 06:34

Jarome Iginla Heading to Pittsburgh, Not Boston, in Stunning Twist

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In a stunning late night twist, Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla has been dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins and not the Boston Bruins like many had been speculating throughout the night.The Pittsburgh Penguins will give up college players Kenneth Agostino, Ben Hanowski, and a first round pick for the Flames captain and future hall of famer.Reports throughout the night had linked Iginla to the Bruins with the Bruins preparing to give up Alexander Khokhlachev, Matt Bartkowski, and a first round pick, but ultimately in the end the luster of playing alongside Sidney Crosby and Evegeni Malkin was too much for Iginla to pass up as he chases that elusive first Stanley Cup. The choice in the end was all Iginla's as he felt that the Penguins gave him a better shot at winning.Iginla leaves Calgary as the franchise's career leader in scoring with 525 goals and 570 assists in 1219 games with the Flames. Iginla reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004, but lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Iginla also is a two time winner of the Maurice "Rocket" Richard trophy for most goals in a season, as well as an Art Ross Trophy, the Lester Pearson, and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.Flames general manager Jay Feaster said about Iginla and his time in Calgary, "We as an organization owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Jarome. Not only for what he did for the franchise during his tenure as a player here and as our captain, but also for the fact that now as we recognize that despite our best efforts, and despite the work we've put in, we've fallen short of the goals we set for ourselves as an organization."We respect very, very much the fact that Jarome worked with us to enable this to come about." Pittsburgh had already picked up Dallas Stars player Brenden Morrow and San Jose Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray before the Iginla trade. If Pittsburgh wasn't the favorite in the East before, they most certainly are now.