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.
(August 23, 2009 - Source: Mike Ridewood/Getty Images North America)

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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Cocaine in the NHL: A concern, but not a crisis?

Montreal Canadiens v Minnesota Wild

Does the NHL have a cocaine problem?

TSN caught up with deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who provided some fascinating insight:

“The number of [cocaine] positives are more than they were in previous years and they’re going up,” Daly said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a crisis in any sense. What I’d say is drugs like cocaine are cyclical and you’ve hit a cycle where it’s an ‘in’ drug again.”


Daly said that he’d be surprised  “if we’re talking more than 20 guys” and then touched on something that may be a problem: they don’t test it in a “comprehensive way.”

As Katie Strang’s essential ESPN article about the Los Angeles Kings’ tough season explored in June, there are some challenges for testing for a drug like cocaine. That said, there are also some limitations that may raise some eyebrows.

For one, it metabolizes quickly. Michael McCabe, a Philadelphia-based toxicology expert who works for Robson Forensic, told ESPN.com that, generally speaking, cocaine filters out of the system in two to four days, making it relatively easy to avoid a flag in standard urine tests.

The NHL-NHLPA’s joint drug-testing program is not specifically designed to target recreational drugs such as cocaine or marijuana. The Performance Enhancing Substances Program is put into place to do exactly that — screen for performance-enhancing drugs.

So, are “party drugs” like cocaine and molly an issue for the NHL?

At the moment, the answer almost seems to be: “the league hopes not.”

Daly goes into plenty of detail on the issue, so read the full TSN article for more.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.