Friday, March 29, 2013

Iginla Trade Review: Bruins, Penguins, Agostino, Hanowski

In the end, it seems that the decision on where he would play was ultimately up to Jarome Iginla.  He had given the Calgary Flames a list of teams he would waive his no-trade-clause for, or so it was reported.  Flames General Manager Jay Feaster had two legitimate deals in play for Iginla's services.  One with the Boston Bruins and one with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Bruins were under the impression that a deal had been done.  As reported on, the Bruins had agreed to send Matt Bartkowski and Alexander Khokhlachev and a conditional first round pick in the 2013 NHL draft to the Calgary Flames, in exchange for Jarome Iginla.  All players involved in the were supposed to have been scratched from their games that evening.

But the deal wasn't done.  A trade had also been negotiated with Pittsburgh Penguins' General Manager Ray Shero.  And Jarome Iginla seems to have had the final say in just what team he would play with for the remainder of this season.  So Pittsburgh and joining the two best players in the world it was.

The two players involved in the Iginla trade to Pittsburgh

Kenneth Agostino

Agostino is a scoring forward from New Jersey who is currently playing for the Yale Bulldogs in the NCAA.   In his sophomore and junior seasons with Yale, he averaged more than a point per game.  He is reported to have good hockey instincts and to be a strong competitor as well.  

Ben Hanowski

Hanowski is a big forward, who set the mark for the highest scoring player in Minnesota high school history. As a junior at St. Cloud State University he notched 43 points (23 goals, 20 assists) in 39 regular season games.  In his senior campaign, 2012-13, he put up 29 points in 34 games.

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