163358327Update: Shortly after this report, the Calgary Flames stunned everyone by announcing that Jarome Iginla had been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, not the Boston Bruins. What an utterly crazy night.
On December 20, 1995, an 18-year-old Jarome Iginla was traded to the Calgary Flames, along with centre Corey Millen, for superstar forward Joe Nieuwendyk, and for the last 18 years, that's where he's been. In the nearly two decades Iginla has spent wearing the Flaming "C" -- and, for much of that time, another, smaller "C" -- he's established himself as simply the greatest player Calgary's ever had, setting franchise scoring records, and even leading the Flames to a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2004.
But everything ends, and on March 27, 2013, 6308 days after he arrived, Iggy's incredible run as a member of the Calgary Flames came to a close.
Jarome Iginla has been traded to the Boston Bruins, according to TSN's Aaron Ward. It sounds like we don't get official confirmation from either club until the morning, but the deal appears to be done nonetheless.
In exchange, the Flames reportedly receive centre Alex Khokhlachev, defenceman Matt Bartkowski, a 1st round pick, which may be conditional, and a massive hole in their hearts where Iginla used to be.
For those wondering how Bruins' GM Peter Chiarelli would respond to Pittsburgh's acquisitions of Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray, your answer is, "with gusto". The Eastern Conference is going to be a dogfight the rest of the way.
Here's your snap analysis on the trade: Jarome Iginla makes the Bruins better. He's very, very good, even as he begins to slow down.
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