Flames GM should have said no to Iginla trade

Calgary Flames general manager Jay Feaster speaks with media about Jarome Iginla's trade to the...

Calgary Flames general manager Jay Feaster speaks with media about Jarome Iginla's trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Lyle Aspinall/QMI Agency)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:32 PM ET

The sensible thing for Jay Feaster to say was no.

As in, no, I can’t go back to my ownership or my fan base with that kind of offer and sell it.

As in, no, I’m not going to give Jarome Iginla away, just because he’s ready to be given away.

And, no, I’m not going to embarrass myself — again — or my organization or my team by coming away with next to nothing for one of the few iconic players and iconic people in the National Hockey League.

He should have said no to Boston, before he officially said no to Boston.

He should have said no to Pittsburgh, because the deal enhances Ray Shero’s Penguins but brings so little to the Flames.

But instead, Feaster said yes. He said yes to Boston’s Peter Chiarelli before the deal took an unexpected turn. And he said yes to Shero, accepting a bag of beads for his hockey version of Manhattan.


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