It seems like Ward nailed the original deal, but didn't know the trade was reviewed when Feaster learned that Iginla wanted to go to the Penguins of Pittsburgh rather than the Bruins of Boston. So he was left out of the loop when the new trade was made.
ward was told by multiple sources that the deal was done and he reported it, that's all. i don't know why people are saying he lost credibility when he was just taking the information that was given to him. and as was said before in this thread, it's entirely possible that the deal WAS done, but iginla was the one who, at last second, backed out and chose to go to pittsburgh.
I think this is what is wrong with the current media way of things, what with Twitter and the like. So many people trying to be the first to break a story that they will only go and confirm with two sources before running with it.
Why can't we just be patient and hear it from the horse's mouth like the old days. Personally I don't believe anything until I hear it from the actual person/team/organization the story is about. Saves getting worked up over nothing most of the time.
Race to break the news first. Former players who are in broadcasting have big ego's for most part, and want some of that spotlight in some form or other which no longer exists as retired players now. This botched situation hopefully will open the eyes of those ex-players turned analyst's.
If Kirk Herbstreit, an OSU alum, could announce Les Miles to Michigan, which apparently caused him to re-up at LSU, and still continue to work at ESPN... I don't think anything will happen.
And as a Michigan fan, I don't blame Herbstreit. And I wouldn't blame Ward (it may seem I'm biased since Ward was a Wolverine, but I'm using a defense of a Buckeye as the justification).
I just think the media is put in a potentially awkward position. Maybe Feaster, through sources, wanted Ward (or whomever) to promote the Boston deal to increase his bargaining position with the Pens. We can argue the value of the two deals... but it seems clear that an actual draft pick is better than a conditional one, and that was the crux of the deal regardless of the return for Brendan Morrow. Feaster can only evaluate the market he's bargaining in.
The deal was probably agreed upon by Feaster and the Bruins, so word got out that Iggy was going to Boston. But when Feaster took the deal to Iggy to waive his NTC, Iggy told him to make a deal with Pittsburgh.
Probably wanted to break a story before Dregs and McKenzie and took a chance on a likely, but not confirmed, report. It was a gamble and he lost.
I also think Bobby Mac was right when he said that Calgary could have been using Boston to up the return on Iggy... but by the looks of it, that didn't really do much other than maybe take away the re-sign condition on the draft pick, if there was any.
Was their boneheaded disaster reporting with Iginla tonight the final straw?
I mean for years the product has just been deteriorating to the point where it is almost getting unwatchable...
Now their coverage really seems to be at an all time low... they have the worst on air crew in probably any sports production in North America with guys like James Duthie, Dave Hodge and Craig Button and the constant gimmicks are just a joke.
I know they are a Canadian network so it is to be expected a little bit..but the favoritism to Canadian players is just so silly...Jonathan Toews the 3rd best player in the league? lol... Though I can't wait to tune in next week for their 30 min panel on Team Canada 2018.
It's honestly become so bad I think Sportsnet should be get the national rights again.. they've learned after the whole boston pizza party thing.