UPDATE: The Flames announced tonight that this information was incorrect and that Calgary has traded Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
After an evening full of speculation, it is now official.
TSN’s Aaron Ward has reported that the Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins have come to an agreement that sends Calgary Flames Captain Jarome Iginla to Boston in exchange for defenceman Matt Bartkowski, Bruins prospect Alex Khokhlachev as and a (possibly conditional) first-round draft pick in the 2013 draft.
Expect the announcement sometime after tonight’s Flames-Avalanche game.
Jarome Iginla leaves Calgary Flames fans with a large hole in their hearts. But he hopes to fill a hole in his well-stocked awards cabinet by going to a Stanley Cup contender. Apart from a Stanley Cup, Iggy has won pretty much everything else there is to win in the hockey world, but we all know that he won’t be happy to retire anything less than a Stanley Cup champion.
Here’s a highlight reel of Iglinla’s junior, NHL and international accomplishments.
Memorial Cup Championship in 1994 and 1995
Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy in 2002 and 2004
Art Ross Trophy in 2002
First team All-Star in 2002, 2008 and 2009
Second team All-Star in 2004
Lester B. Pearson Award in 2002
King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2004
NHL All-Rookie Team in 1997
Olympic Gold Medal 2002 and 2010
World Championship Gold in 1997
World Cup Gold in 2004
World Junior Championship Gold in 1996
Iginla also leads the Calgary Flames franchise in the following categories:
Games played – 1219
Goals – 525
Points – 1095
Powerplay goals – 161
He is 2nd in assists, with 570, trailing only Al MacInnis, who notched 609 helpers while in a Flames uniform.
For a very cool timeline of Iggy’s time in Calgary, check out the Calgary Herald.
Good luck Iggy. You’ll be missed. Go get yourself a Stanley Cup.