Jarome Iginla has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but fans of the Boston Bruins may have a rude awakening tomorrow morning when they find out about it.
After rumors swirled late Wednesday that the Calgary Flames star had been shipped to Boston — and some journalists even confirmed the trade as a done deal — new reports emerged that he in fact was headed to Pittsburgh.
The Flames confirmed the deal after the team’s win over Colorado on Wednesday. The 35-year-old Iginla was in the last year of his contract and set to become a free agent on July 1.
Iginla has nine goals and 13 assists in 31 games this year. The longtime Flames captain, Iginla has twice scored 50 goals in his career, and came into this season with 11 straight seasons of at least 30 goals.
With the trade imminent, the Flames kept Iginla out of the lineup on Wednesday, ending his streak of 441 consecutive games played. The Flames sit in 14th in the Western Conference and are all but assured to miss the playoffs this year.
The supposed trade of Jarome Iginla to the Boston Bruins was reported by Aaron Ward, a studio analyst for the NHL on TSN. He later deleted his tweet and replaced it with an explanation of what happened.
Apologies, had multiple sources confirm a trade that did not happen.
— Aaron Ward (@aaronward_nhl) March 28, 2013
Fellow TSN analyst Bob McKenzie re-tweeted Ward’s announcement but included some heavy skepticism. Within an hour, McKenzie updated Twitter followers that Iginla was headed to Pittsburgh instead.
Now hearing Jarome Iginla has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Done deal.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 28, 2013
In the trade for Jarome Iginla, the Penguins will send the Flames college prospects Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski and a first-round pick this year. Agostino plays for Yale, and Hanowski at St. Cloud State.