Re: The Iginla Saga: What Really Happened.
posted at 3/29/2013 2:26 PM EDT
In response to stevegm's comment:
I think Calgary, for whatever reason, was desperate to get rid of Iginla. They made it clear they're not interested in resigning him, and I don't believe there's any love lost between him, or the club.
There were obviously some handshake type, agreements in principle. The first one, was Iginla's list of teams.
I think all of the niceties bandied about in the ensuing press conferences can easily be explained. I really believe(based on PC's demeaner) Feaster was acting in good faith. When told of his move, Iginla hid behind the unsigned legalities and balked. This sent Feaster into full blown panic. At that point, I believe the entire Calgary executive group, did everything they could to change Iginla's mind, and when they couldn't, went to great lenghts to explain, and profusely apologize to the Bruins. I'd even bet the owners had a chat. After that excercise, they had to go into spin control, and their only explanation for accepting an inferior package, was to suggest their own warmth and charity was the motivator. That's much easier than admitting they got outmaneuvered.
Just a theory.
I think your theory is quite accurate and I'd be willing to bet on it.
It went something like this:
Jay: Jarome you are not playing tonight. We've just accepted Boston trade offer for you.
Jarome: Hey, that's OK. When is their next game? Oh, wait...Sidney's calling on my cell. Hey, Sid. I'm on my to Boston....................say what? You guys are trying to get me too? Jay, did they make an offer?
Jay: Yes. They did. But we like the Boston offer. It's better for the team.
Jarome: I want to go to Pittsburgh! Sid wants me in Pittsburgh. I'm not signing anything to go anywhere but Pittsburgh.
Jay: But, you've already waived your NMC. And agreed to BOS, PITT, LA and CHI.
Jarome: I agreed but I never signed.
Jay: You never what? A-G-N-E-S!!!! (secretary) GET ME KEN ON THE LINE!
Agnes: Ken King on the line for you Mr. Feaster.
Jay: Ken, you don't have a waiver signed by Jarome. You told me he did. He always hangs out with you. What are you doing to me?
Ken: Well, no. But, Jarome is a gentleman, he'll honour his word. He's a great hockey player and a great citizen of Calgary. He'll do what's best for the Flames. He's my buddy.
Jarome: Tell Ken I will not go anywhere except Pittsburgh, or I stay here.
Ken: Jay, did I hear what I just heard.
Jay: Yes. Now what. Peter has both guys we're getting scratched already. One of them he's already signed to a new contract for us.
Ken: Both of you come to my office immediately. If Peter calls don't answer.
Jarome: I want to go to Pittsburgh. Just Pittsburgh.