March 8, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla (12) during a stoppage in play against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Jarome Iginla Traded to Pittsburgh Penguins: Reactions

Last night Jarome Iginla was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Calgary Flames for Ben Hanowski, Kenny Agostino and a 2013 1st round draft pick. Hanowski is currently playing for St. Cloud State and Agostino is currently playing for Yale. Now you’ve probably read 20 articles about the stats on all of the guys so I’m just going to talk reactions. My favourite reaction to this trade which sums up a lot of what everyone is thinking is this tweet from Paul Bissonnette of the Phoenix Coyotes about Penguins GM Ray Shero:

Most Calgary fans don’t seem to happy by what they got for their beloved Captain but I really do think they got the better end of the deal for the future. The goal of the Flames here was not to make a playoff push right now, but gain some prospects so they can be a contender for years to come. Hanowski and Agostino are very promising young prospects and you never know what a draft pick will bring. If you give it time this trade might bring the cup to Calgary.

The other thing people have been saying is that Iginla is a bandwagon jumper for choosing to go to Pittsburgh, that he was trying to piggyback on another teams cup. I was appalled when I saw some of these comments. Iginla deserves way more respect than that. He was a loyal Flame for 16 years and GM Jay Feaster chose to trade him. Iginla had his pick of teams to go to so that the Flames could get something back to help them in the future. He chose the Penguins because he wanted a chance to win the Stanley Cup. I guarantee you if  you were in that position you would have done the same thing.

After seeing the negative comments about Iginla it was really refreshing to go to the Flames website and see a big fat Thank You Iggy. The fact is Iginla did so much for the Calgary Flames and it is really sad to see him go. I’m not a Flames fan but when I was a kid, before I got really into hockey Iginla was one of the only hockey players I knew and he was one of the Calgary Flames. I think I’m with a lot of people when I say he might be wearing a Penguins jersey now but he will always be a Flame to me.

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