Not sure if this had been posted out here before in the flurry of Iginla threads, so apologies if it is redundant. Thought this was an interesting view into the timeline from the Pens side of things. If it was communicated to PC around noon that the deal was done, the below timeline is pretty tough to swallow and makes Feaster look pretty smarmy.
Negotiations that eventually led to the trade began in earnest about 10 days ago, although it wasn't until earlier this week that Mr. Shero began to believe the Penguins had a real chance to land Mr. Iginla.
"I texted [Mr. Feaster] after our game on Tuesday and said, 'These are the guys I'm proposing,' " Mr. Shero said. "He called me Wednesday morning and said, 'I need to talk to our group, our ownership. We need to go through these things and the offers we have, and I'll get back to you.'
"He called in the afternoon, at about 3 or 3:30, and proposed something, so we started working off of that. Still, it was obviously not a deal or anything. We were still going through things, and he was working with other teams."
Before Mr. Feaster and Mr. Shero finally settled, there were some wild swings in the Penguins' perception of where things stood.
"At 5 o'clock, it's, 'I don't think we're having a deal,' " Mr. Shero said. "At 8 o'clock, 'Well, maybe it's back on.' At 9 o'clock, 'I don't think we're getting a deal.' "
Eventually, though, one was made after some late-night give-and-take about precisely who would be included in the Penguins package.
Two solid prospects and a first-round draft choice were bound for Calgary, and the third major acquisition of the week was headed to the Penguins.