The only reason Iginla went for so little was because he said he wanted to go to Pitt. Shero said, "There you go Jay, so these are your options" Feaster's chubby hands were tied on this one.
Living in Calgary, I do get somewhat interested in what goes on in my backyard.
When I first read the breaking news that Iggy was going to Boston for two prospects and a 'conditional first round pick', I learned that the condition was the old standard 'he will resign with the Bruins'.
I thought that was really weak of Feaster.
Then I find out it is the Penguins. Now, the first round pick is not conditional, but a in-the-pocket done deal first round pick.
Did Boston simply blow it, or did the Penguins simply roll for broke?
I bet Iginla was going to pick Pittsburgh anyway, but obviously Shero could not sell a conditional first pick based on the resigning of Iginla, not with the signings the Penguins have in front of them, with a lower Cap to boot.
I don't really respect the way the Flames management have done things, but even they would know that the same condition with Pittsburgh is a whole lot different than that same resigning of Iggy condition with Boston.
No matter what, Calgary Flames have really blown it. They have already proven how dangerously stupid they are with the SOB fiasco. Heads should roll at Flames headquarters, but they never felt the need to change anything. The fans line up, they cannot get enough. I think that might change now that Iginla is gone, and Kiprusoff may very well just pack it in. He can do that, with his contract.
Anybody who compares NYR with the Flames organization, is really missing some key facts. The Flames handed out large $$ and no trade clauses under GM Darryl Sutter to just about anybody. I bet the stick boy got a NTC. They did this while totally ignoring the farm, and its integration with the big league club. They are screwed for years.
No such thing as an untradeable player. Would trade everyone if given the right offer. Obviously some players are significantly more likely than others to be traded due to the ability to get the "right offer." That is the chances an offer comes along for, say, Lundqvist that seems to be good value is effectively zero.