Late last night/early this morning, amid the twitter rumor mill, it seemed that Calgary Flames right-winger Jarome Iginla had become the newest member of the Boston Bruins. The deal, which was to include defenseman Bart Bartowski and prospect forward Alexander Khokhlachev, seemingly fell through at zero hour. The veteran winger instead opted to sign with none other than the already stacked Pittsburgh Penguins.
Pittsburgh, who just acquired Dallas Stars veteran Brenden Morrow and San Jose defenseman Douglas Murray on Monday, is going for it this season, folks. The Penguins now have the skill, physical presence, and veteran leadership to make a legitimate run at the Stanley Cup.
I imagine details about what caused the deal to fall through will begin to trickle out this morning. Was it Chiarelli's insistence on holding on to prospect goaltender Malcom Subban? Or did the rumor mill just serve to bait Pittsburgh into making their deal that much sweeter for Calgary?
All we can do now is wait and hope Peter Chiarelli has a decent plan B.