Flames trade Jarome Iginla to Penguins

The Flames traded Jarome Iginla to the Penguins late Wednesday night. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

The Flames traded Jarome Iginla to the Penguins late Wednesday night. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:19 AM ET

CALGARY - A few years ago, it would have been impossible to imagine.

The Flames without Jarome Iginla.

Now, it’s reality.

Iginla, the face of the Calgary Flames franchise for more than a decade, was traded Wednesday to the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night in exchange for a couple of forwards currently in the NCAA ranks -- Kenneth Agostino and Ban Hanowski -- and the 2013 first-round draft choice.

Iginla, who was acquired in the 1995 trade that sent then captain Joe Nieuwendyk to the Dallas Stars, would end his Flames career with 525 goals, 570 assists for 1,095 points in 1,219 regular season games.

He has twice won the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, claimed the Art Ross Trophy in 2001-02 and the Leaster B. Pearson Trophy in 2001-02 – the players’ award for most valuable player.

The deal is the start of a much-needed rebuild for a team which appears destined to miss the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season, and been criticized around the hockey world for seemingly being unwilling to go away from icing a veteran-laden team while other clubs are turning to more and more younger players.

Agostino, who will turn 21 in April, is in his junior year at Yale University.

Originally drafted in the fifth round by Pittsburgh in 2010, the 6-foot-1, 200-lb. Forward led the Bulldogs with 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points in 33 games this season and was honorable mention for the All-Ivy team.

Hanowski, 22, was captain of St. Cloud State. The 6-foot-2, 210-lb. Centre/right winger collected 16 goals and 13 assists in 34 games this season. A senior, Hanowski was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round (63rd overall) in 2009.

Both players are still in the NCAA playoff chase.

The first round pick is not conditional.

Flames GM Jay Feaster said his team is planning to add young prospects and draft choices, but wouldn’t use the rebuild word.

“I told Jarome, this is not why I came to Calgary, to be the guy who traded Jarome Iginla. I came because I wanted to win the Cup,” Feaster said. “It’s an unfortunate and difficult part of this business.


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