Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski was very close to being sent to the Calgary Flames in a package deal for Flames captain Jarome Iginla at the trade deadline but Iginla changed his mind at the last minute vetoing the trade to Boston and choosing to go to Pittsburgh instead.
But when given another chance to come to Boston via free agency Iginla did just that on July 5. Now Bartkowski will be teammates with the player he was almost dealt for.
"It was really funny because I saw a couple of tweets saying 'Make sure Bartkowski doesn't pack his bags' but yeah I thought it was pretty funny [Iginla] ended up signing here" Bartkowski said with a laugh Wednesday. "It's a good thing though. He's a great player so that will be pretty cool."
Bartkowski reiterated that he holds no hard feelings and that the failed trade didn't affect his mindset as an up-and-coming defenseman.
"I'm old enough and mature enough now to understand that's part of the business" the 25-year-old rearguard...