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2013 Trade Deadline

Working magic at deadline is nothing new for Shero

Friday, 03.29.2013 / 2:24 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

When Ray Shero's name shows up on another general manager's cell phone in the days before the NHL Trade Deadline, and the device is ringing, it might not be the worst idea to let it go to voicemail.

Shero is at it again, wheeling and dealing before the April 3 deadline. The Pittsburgh Penguins GM already had a team atop the Eastern Conference standings, but he added a trio of 2010 Olympians in former captains Brenden Morrow and Jarome Iginla and rugged defenseman Douglas Murray.

This is another similar chapter in the story of Shero's tenure in Pittsburgh. Simply put, no other GM in the NHL works magic at the deadline like Shero.

Red Wings' Holland mulling moves versus patience

Friday, 03.29.2013 / 12:35 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

The Detroit Red Wings find themselves in a tricky position as the NHL's April 3 Trade Deadline approaches.

After dropping the last game of a previously perfect road trip Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks, the Red Wings are sixth in the Western Conference with 39 points. They're five points ahead of the ninth-place Nashville Predators, but also three points behind the Minnesota Wild for fourth, which is the highest spot Detroit can realistically reach.

After the retirements of several stars recently -- including former captain and legendary defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom last June -- the Red Wings are now trying to "rebuild on the fly," as general manager Ken Holland puts it.

That means any trade options this season will be weighed even more carefully than usual. Detroit isn't exactly a seller, but also isn't a lock-sure buyer.

Flames need to inject aging roster with youth

Friday, 03.29.2013 / 10:30 AM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

The Jarome Iginla trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins signals the end of an era for the Calgary Flames.

So where do general manager Jay Feaster and the Flames go from here with the NHL Trade Deadline on April 3? What will the franchise look like when the puck drops on the 2013-14 season?

Calgary has resisted an Edmonton-style rebuild, but with Jarome Iginla now in Pittsburgh it may be time for GM Jay Feaster to make serious alterations to the franchise's talent pool. (Photo: Getty Images / Terence Leung - NHLI)

"I don't want to use the word 'rebuild,'" Feaster said after making the Iginla deal official. "We want to bring some more young players into this organization. There's a gap from the 18- and 19-year-olds to the 27-, 28-, 29-year-olds."

A thorough rebuild would greatly benefit the Flames, but it remains to be seen if a franchise that has been resistant to taking that path over the past few years will change its approach. It's also not as simple as trading high-priced veterans for picks in what is expected to be a talent-rich 2013 NHL Draft; the Flames have nine players with some form of a no-movement or no-trade clause in his contract.

The Flames haven't reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2009 and are one of the oldest teams in the League. They have some pieces in place for the immediate future and long term, but Feaster will have his work cut out for him if he wants to restore the Flames as the perennial playoff contenders they were from 2004-09.

League reacts to news of Iginla trade to Penguins

Thursday, 03.28.2013 / 5:15 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

Over the course of a relatively quiet four-game night, rumors circulated throughout the NHL that there was an impending announcement of a trade sending Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla to the Boston Bruins in exchange for two prospects and a draft pick. With Iginla listed as a healthy scratch for Calgary's game against the Colorado Avalanche, it appeared a foregone conclusion Calgary's all-time leading scorer was on his way to Beantown.

Instead, many players, coaches and fans awoke Thursday morning to the news that the likely Hall of Famer known as Iggy was on his way to the Pittsburgh Penguins instead. In a trade that also involved two prospects and a first-round draft pick, the Penguins may have swung the balance in the Eastern Conference in their quest for the Stanley Cup.

In the hours after the deal was officially announced, the League was abuzz about it.

Iginla excited to be joining Penguins

Thursday, 03.28.2013 / 4:59 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

Jarome Iginla came within one game of capturing the Stanley Cup in 2004.

He's hoping a change of location can finish the job in 2013.

Waiving his no-trade clause to join the Pittsburgh Penguins, a refreshed Iginla is motivated at the opportunity to join the likes of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in their bid to hoist Lord Stanley's prize.

"Pittsburgh is a great organization and they are really rolling," he said. "They have the two best players in the world in Crosby and Malkin. The firepower and the group and the chemistry they have, I look forward to just going and let me know where I can help out or fit in and do my best to play hard and help win."

End of an era, as Iginla's tenure with Flames closes

Thursday, 03.28.2013 / 4:33 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

CALGARY -- Jarome Iginla fondly recalls his first game in Calgary.

He didn't realize the one he played this past Sunday would be his last in a Calgary Flames jersey.

Making his debut as a fresh-faced 18-year-old rookie during the 1996 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Iginla would embark on a 1,219-game journey as a member of the Flames that ended Wednesday after a trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"To think I've played my last game in Calgary and at home -- and I'm happy we won our last one at home -- I look back and I wish I would have known it was my last one," said Iginla, who scored the game-winning goal in the Flames' 3-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues. "As far as the crowd, they were great when I got that last goal. I'll remember my last goal and the crowd's reaction, it was awesome. I didn't really fully acknowledge it because I didn't know what the circumstances were going to be, but I do appreciate that and I want to thank them for that."

It's one of many memories Iginla's accumulated over his storied career.

Penguins keep working, add to roster with Iginla deal

Thursday, 03.28.2013 / 3:35 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Chris Adamski - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- At one point Wednesday, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero broke some disappointing news to an eager staff.

"I actually told our group, 'I don't think this is happening,'" Shero said, referring to a trade for Calgary Flames star Jarome Iginla.

Like the rest of the continent, many members of the Penguins organization likely went to bed Wednesday night under the assumption that Iginla was bound for the Boston Bruins.

Shero's two sons certainly were buying into the rumors on the television and Internet.

"The first people I called was my kids to let them know we acquired Jarome Iginla," Shero said. "They said, 'No, you didn't. He's going somewhere else -- we see it on TV.'

"I said, 'No, I think we're getting him.'"

Penguins acquire Iginla from Flames

Thursday, 03.28.2013 / 1:44 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

Only 12 hours after finding out his life had changed dramatically, Jarome Iginla bid farewell to the only city he has ever known as an NHL player.

In a surprisingly upbeat press conference, Iginla said goodbye to the Calgary Flames on Thursday and talked about the exciting opportunities that await him with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team that traded for him in the early-morning hours.

"I've grown up here," Iginla said. "I came here just at 18 and played my first game here in the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs -- one of my favorite games I've ever played.

"Getting the chance to play here in Calgary against the Chicago Blackhawks and play on Theo Fleury's line. Just to start it off that way, I never would've dreamt I'd get to play here so long. It's a great hockey city, a great community, and such a great balance between a wonderful city and a great place to live."

Flames say goodbye to their captain Iginla

Thursday, 03.28.2013 / 3:23 AM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

CALGARY -- Jarome Iginla was noticeable by his absence from the ice Wednesday night -- and no one noticed more than his Calgary Flames teammates.

While the Flames were beating the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 at Scotiabank Saddledome, their captain was a healthy scratch in the wake of trade negotiations that eventually saw the 35-year-old traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Kenneth Agostino, Ben Hanowski and a first-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

His teammates didn't know the destination postgame, only that Iginla was no longer their captain.

"It's hard," forward Alex Tanguay said of seeing Iginla go. "Over time, you build relationships and I've been playing with Jarome for the better part of five years. Sometimes a situation occurs where those types of things are forced to happen. It's sad to see."

Jarome Iginla career timeline

Thursday, 03.28.2013 / 1:47 AM / 2013 Trade Deadline

John Kreiser - Columnist

After weeks of speculation, the Calgary Flames made it official early Thursday when they dealt their longtime captain, Jarome Iginla, to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Iginla, who leads the Flames' franchise in career games played, goals and points, had spent his entire NHL career in Calgary since being acquired from Dallas in a trade for Joe Nieuwendyk more than 17 years ago. He led Calgary to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in 2004 and owns a pair of Olympic gold medals earned while playing for Team Canada.

Here's a look at the timeline of Iginla's career:

December 1995 -- The Flames acquire Iginla, a forward with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League, from Dallas in a trade for veteran center Joe Nieuwendyk. The Stars had drafted Iginla with their first-round pick (No. 11) in the 1995 NHL Draft.

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