The Boston screwjob; where do the Bruins go from here?
For most of you reading this, you went to bed Wednesday thinking that Jarome Iginla had been traded to the Bruins for Matt Bartkowski, Alexander Khokhlachev and a first round pick, only to wake up Thursday morning to find out Iginla indeed had been traded, but instead was shipped to Pittsburgh to join Sidney Crosby and company.
Already down in the dumps after blowing two, third period leads against the Montreal Canadiens, this news was the ultimate kick in the gut to all Bruins fans.
In a press conference today, a beat and visibly upset Peter Chiarelli updated the fans and media on exactly what went down on Wednesday.
“We were informed around noon yesterday that we had the player, we won the sweepstakes, so tospeak. He just had to talk to Jarome [Iginla] and his agent regarding the logistics of everything. We operated under the premise of a deal. When things were silent, I obviously, in my experience, know that if things go silent it means that something is going screwy from your end and it was. Later that night, around quarter to 12, I got a call from Jay [Feaster] saying that it was the player’s choice and he opted to go to Pittsburgh and we were out”
Long story short, Calgary wanted to accept the Bruins deal, Iginla wanted to play for the Penguins, Iginla wins and so don’t the Penguins, again.
This one hurts, and hurts bad for the Bruins and their fans as Iginla would have been what the Bruins have desperately needed, a legitimate scoring threat and a player who would instantly help a not-so-good power play.
Bruins fans can point their fingers at Chiarelli all they want, but if they do, they’re wrong. Chiarelli and the Bruins didn’t do anything wrong, and quite frankly there wasn’t anything more the Bruins could have done to get Iginla to comee to Boston.
“Let me get this clear. No one’s talked to Jarome “[Iginla] said Chiarelli. “I didn’t talk to Jarome [Iginla]. We never talked to anybody on it, other than the manager on the actual trade. So to answer your question, no, there’s nothing we could have done to convince him.”
Now that Iginla is a thing of the past it’s time for Chiarelli and company to go back to the drawing board and look towards “Plan B.”
“There’s players out there, and we’re in on players. There’s always other players, and that was a good player, that was a real good player. There’s always other players” said Chiarelli”
Who is “Plan B” you ask? Well let’s take a look at some possible trade targets for the Bruins.
Martin St. Louis RW, Tampa Bay Lightning, 33 games played, 8 goals, 42 assists
It has been yet to be confirmed that St. Louis is available, but rumors have been surfacing of late that the Lightning are ready to rebuild and St. Louis could be on the block. If that is the case then expect the Bruins to put on a full court press in order to get the former University of Vermont Catamount. The asking price for St. Louis will be high though, and rightfully so. St. Louis enters Thursday night’s set of games tied for third in the league in points. The Laval, Quebec Canada native still has two more seasons under his current contract.
Curtis Glencross LW, Calgary Flames, 30 games played, 13 goals, 8 assists
The Boston Herald reported earlier this week that the Bruins had interest in veteran forward Curtis Glencross, and after yesterday’s Iginla debacle the Flames owe the Bruins one. Glencross is coming off a career year a season ago where he scored 26 times in just 67 games. Glencross also has two years remaining on his current deal, but comes in at a reasonable $2.55 Million per season.
Ryan Clowe, LW, San Jose Sharks, 26 games, 0 goals, 10 assists
It’s no secret that Clowe has struggled in a big way, but the 30-year old Clowe is loaded with talent and a change of scenery may be just what Clowe needs to get back on track. Clowe has scored 20-plus goals twice in his nine season career. With rumors swirling that the Sharks are also shopping defensemen Dan Boyle, and the Bruins in the market for a forward and defensemen, a package deal sending Clowe and Boyle to Boston could easily kill two birds with one stone.
Jaromir Jagr, RW, Dallas Stars, 31 games, 14 goals, 11 assists
What is there left to say about Jagr that hasn’t been said already? The guy is a future Hall-of-Famer for sure and no doubt would add a huge veteran presence to the Bruins locker room, much like Mark Recchi did when he came to Boston. At age 41 Jagr is not showing any signs of slowing down. How much fun would it be getting to watch country-mates Jagr and David Krejci skating together on a line?