In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
In response to cowboys9's comment:
Thanks JW.. I was not aware that Iginla had a full NMC... which then makes this charade trade list of 3 or 4 teams even worse.. Bruins never had a chance.. why even bother with the list if you made up your mind to go to Pittsburgh..just tell Fat Feaster to work out a deal with Pittsburgh. I thought Iginla was above that, apparently not... I think a lot of chatter went on behind the scenes here which we will never find out... and PC got left holding the bag.
And Feaster could have come back to Iginla and said, "Pittsburgh won't offer enough. There is no deal there. It's Boston for a playoff run or golfing. You have a NMC. The choice is yours."
Everyone saying that Boston had no chance is suggesting that Iginla has the right or desire to force a trade. That just wasn't the case.
It very obviously was the case NAS. It's not clear whether Iginla had the "right", but he certainly convinced the management group he did. "Desire" can't even be logically debated.
You make a great point about what Feaster could have said regarding the Boston deal. What's beyond the treachery and stupidity of this deal, is why the Flames didn't do just that. They surely could have got more from Pittsburgh too. Especially when they had Crosby on the inside. All Feister had to do was simply inform Pittsburgh they could have him if they wanted, but they must "give" a bit more.
Feaster looks like an idiot to his peers. He knows it. Knowing this, what seems quite apparent to me now....is the fact that overall, ownership, management, or both, desperately wanted rid of Iginla....so much so.....they allowed themselves to be played like fiddles.
2 things make this thing crystal clear.
1. The hockey world unanimously agree's Boston offered the best package.
2. Calgary makes no attempt to discredit PC's assertion that Boston was told they won the deal. No sensible, ethical businessman is gonna let that slide. If that wasn't true, the whole Calgary organization would be screaming at the top of their lungs. Instead, they meekly steer around by saying "nothing was signed".
Enough has been said about this circus, from enough credible sources...it's really easy to see how things generally went down. There are many minute details we don't know.....but they don't change the big picture. Iginla was driving the bus, and the Flames didn't have the fortitude to take back the wheel.