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For Jarome Iginla, Pittsburgh opportunity too good to decline

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  March 28, 2013 10:00 AM

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The Penguins have won 13 straight games. They have Sidney Crosby, the NHL’s best player. GM Ray Shero had already acquired Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray.

They were attributes that Jarome Iginla could not pass up. Iginla waived his no-movement clause to join the Penguins. Calgary netted a first-round pick and college prospects Ken Agostino and Ben Hanowski.

“We had multiple teams we were dealing with and multiple offers,” Calgary GM Jay Feaster said during a press conference following the trade. “At the end of the day, it’s a process of working with the player as well. Certainly the player has a role to play when the player has a no-trade, no-move. In this instance, with the deal that we consummated, this is where the player was prepared to waive for.”

The Bruins’ package would have included Matt Bartkowski and Alexander Khokhlachev, who were both healthy scratches last night for Boston and Providence, and a first-round pick.

The Bruins must look elsewhere for an up-front upgrade. San Jose power forward Ryane Clowe, an unrestricted free agent, could be a candidate.

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