BOSTON - You didn't have to wonder what kind of reception would have been waiting for Jarome Iginla when he visits here Friday night.
That was before Monday.
It all seems quite trivial, misspent energy in a city that has had most of its emotion rung out of it since two flashes of light and a haze of blue smoke devoured three innocent lives and horribly changed the paths of scores of others.
Iginla's visit here with the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday is the first since he exercised his no-trade clause and spurned the Bruins in favour of the trade that brought him to the Penguins. The Bruins thought they had a deal to bring Iginla here, general manager Peter Chiarelli thinking at lunchtime on March 27 the deal was done and he had his key player for the stretch and playoff run.
The Flames scratched Iginla and the Bruins sat out Matt Bartkowski and Alexander Khokhlachev, who were to go the other way along with a first-round draft pick.
"Later that night, around a quarter to 12, I got a call from (Flames GM) Jay (Feaster) saying it was the player's choice and he opted to go to Pittsburgh," Chiarelli said. "So we were out."
Instead, Iginla went to the Penguins for the rights to college prospects Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski and Pittsburgh's first pick in this summer's draft.
Iginla made his choice.
Now we come to Friday night.