CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 31: Jarome Iginla #12 of the Calgary Flames skates against the Detroit Red Wings during their game on October 31, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Red Wings defeated the Flames 3-1. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)
For about five hours on Wednesday, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli believed he had just landed the most-coveted player on the trade market, Jarome Iginla.
At around 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, as the B’s were preparing for the Canadiens at TD Garden in Boston, Chiarelli was told by Flames GM Jay Feaster that he had “won the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes.”
Chiarelli, who told the media on Thursday that he was not given permission to speak with Iginla throughout this ordeal, then became skeptical when things “went silent” around and after 5 p.m. ET.
“We were told at noon yesterday that we’d won the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes. We believed that we’d had a deal,” he told the media on Thursday. ”We brought up Torey [Krug], scratched [Alexander Khokhlachev] and [Matt Bartkowski] – we relied on the fact that we had the deal.”
By midnight, Chiarelli had received a call from Feaster, explaining that the longtime Flames forward had chosen the Penguins over the Bruins.
Chiarelli confirmed that Khokhlachev and Bartkowski were included in the deal and he has yet to speak with either player as of Thursday afternoon.