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.