The Iginla Saga: What Really Happened.
posted at 3/29/2013 12:04 AM EDT
Calgary Flame CEO & Chairman Ken King was on Sportsline Radio with Bob McGown this afternoon. Here in a nutshell is what Ken King said:
- Flames had three offers on Iginla.
- They agreed on the players to be involved on deals with Boston & Pittsburgh.
- They went to Jarome and asked him where do you want to go? He chose Pittsburgh.
Bob McGown was confused. He couldn't understand why they went back to Jarome when they already had a list of 4 teams he would accept a trade to.
Ken King fell short of saying that they did not have Jarome sign a waiver for a trade to one of the four teams. Later, McGowan asked him, slyly, Will you do another similar deal without having a player sign a waiver? He responded- no.
McGown then asked again, why then did they go back to Jarome for his OK? King followed with more soft-shoeing: Jarome Iginla is a model player, he served the community well, and deserves all consideration.
The Flames screwed up again. First O'Reilly, and now Iginla. They had no signed waiver from Iginla and Iginla selfishly used it to his benefit without regard for the Flames.
Later in the show, with Glen Healy, it came out that Sidney Crosby texted or call Jarome late in the afternoon. Jarome had been informed that he was being traded to Boston, because Feaster felt the Bruin deal was the better one.
After the phone call Jarome wanted to go to Pittsburgh and accept their offer of Tom, Dick and Harry who will probably never play a game for the Flames or in the NHL.
Healy also mentioned the fact that Jarome could never be told what to do by any of the coaching staff during his career with the Flames, because he was tight with mamagement aand ownership. If a Coach wanted Jarome to play a certain way or a different role to benefit the team, Jarome would speak to the ownership and continue as he was doing.
I didn't want him in Boston before all of this. I am glad we didn't get him.