Jarome Iginla bids farewell to Calgary Flames on 'a difficult day'

Former Calgary Flames captain speaks to media at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alta. on...

Former Calgary Flames captain speaks to media at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alta. on Thursday, March 28, 2013 about being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins the night before. Iginla played 16 years with the Flames.

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:03 PM ET

CALGARY - “I wish the Flames the absolute best.”

Those were the parting words of Jarome Iginla as he said goodbye to the Calgary Flames Thursday morning, his last duty at the Saddledome after being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins the night before.

Iginla, the face of the Flames franchise, the all-time leading scorer and the biggest star the team's ever had, met with his now-former teammates one last time and with an overflowing media throng before departing

It wasn't a tearful farewell for Iginla, but that shouldn't come as a big surprise.

A man who's always carried himself with a high level of grace, Iginla saw the wheels put in motion for a trade a month ago when the team approached him about waiving his no-trade clause, therefore was resigned to the fact he was soon to leave the only team he's ever played for.



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