Jarome Iginla expecting Boston Booin's

Jarome Iginla nearly became a member of the Bruins at the trade deadline. Now with the Penguins, he...

Jarome Iginla nearly became a member of the Bruins at the trade deadline. Now with the Penguins, he will face the team that thought they had acquired the former Flames captain. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images/AFP)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:55 AM ET

Almost the entire hockey world was convinced Jarome Iginla had been traded to the Boston Bruins.

In fact, for a few a moments on that weird, wild and wacky night in late March, the longtime face of the Calgary Flames wondered if he should starting packing his bags for Beantown.

Iginla was a healthy scratch for the Flames clash with the Colorado Avalanche at the Saddledome, told to stay home to await word of a trade away from the only franchise he’d ever known.

The Bruins were reported to have sealed a deal with the Flames. Unbeknownst to many, the Pittsburgh Penguins — Iginla’s top pick among his suitors — hadn’t given up hope.

“I was watching TSN, and I watching the game because I was home, and I got tons of texts — ‘Is the deal done to Boston?’ And I’m like, ‘No, it’s not,’ ”

Iginla recalled of the March 27 swap, which didn’t technically get done until March 28 in the Eastern time zone.


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