Jarome Iginla (L) jokes with Sidney Crosby on the bench during the second practice of the Team Canada Olympic Orientation Camp on August 24, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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Report: Flames preferred Bruins’ deal, Iginla picked Pens


The dust is settling on a wild night where reports initially linked former Calgary Flames captain to the Boston Bruins only for him to eventually be shipped to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

As it turns out, Iginla might have been even closer to becoming the latest member of the Boston Bruins than some might assume.

The Bruins actually made the stronger offer for Iginla in the Flames’ eyes, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. However Iginla, who needed to approve any trade, ultimately decided that he would rather play for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Flames GM Jay Feaster told reporters that he worked with Iginla to help the superstar pick his final destination, according to NHL.com. Before he pulled the trigger, there were three deals on the table.

Iginla might have ultimately been influenced by the presence of Sidney Crosby, who he previously played with as a member of the 2010 Gold Medal-winning Team Canada.

This wouldn’t be the first time that Boston lost out to the Pittsburgh Penguins. They reportedly went after former Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow, but the Penguins won that battle too.

So who will the Bruins pursue now?


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Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

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Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.

Kassian suspended without pay, placed in Stage 2 of Substance Abuse Program

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Zack Kassian may have avoided major injuries stemming from his Sunday car accident, but it likely sent the signal that he may need help.

The response: he was placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA on Monday.

According to the league’s release, Kassian “will be suspended without pay until cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.”

Speaking of being suspended without pay, here’s a key detail:

The 24-year-old ended up with a broken nose and broken foot from that accident. The 2015-16 season was set to be his first campaign in the Montreal Canadiens organization after a tumultuous time with the Vancouver Canucks.

Kassian spoke of becoming more mature heading to Montreal, but the Canadiens were critical of his actions, wondering how many wake-up calls someone can get.

In case you’re wondering about the difference between stage one and two: