Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli addressed the media on Thursday afternoon following a hectic Wednesday; filled with speculation and the ultimately disappointing outcome, regarding the Iginla trade rumors. The former Calgary Flames captain is heading to Pittsburgh as another key player in their ever growing NHL army. In a somewhat uncharacteristic move with the trade deadline approaching on April 3rd, Chiarelli fielded a variety of questions and cleared the air on the events leading up to the Iginla trade.
“Boston was informed around noon that we won the sweepstakes,” commented Chiarelli. “They [Calgary] made moves in scratching Jerome and we made moves scratching Bartkowski and Kokolachev.”
But in what could have been viewed as a mortal lock at noontime, turned into second guessing as the hours drew to a close. With the clock nearing midnight, Boston was informed that their triumph was now a failure as Iginla chose the opportunity to play with Sidney Crosby and Evengi Malkin in Pittsburgh over the spoked “B” of Boston.
“It’s a disappointment,” said Chiarelli. “But you get back on your horse and you go out and try to find more players.”
Actively looking with a few options on the board, Chiarelli stressed that he’s open to all avenues to improve the team. At the end of the day it’s a business and players, whether they choose to admit it or not are aware that they could be on the trading block. While Chiarelli has done a superb job of keeping the band together over past seasons, the winds of change may be approaching and fast. With the need for both a forward and a defenceman at the forefront of Boston’s issues, one must wonder if the necessity of one is valued over another.
“I’d like to add one of both,” said Chiarelli. “And that’s kind of been my position from the beginning.”
With the days dwindling fast, Boston’s faithful will be looking to the Bruins GM for a miracle and another chance to make a serious run for Lord Stanley. Despite the rough patch that Boston has currently been skating, the organization still has faith in the team, their GM included.
“If the ultimate goal is winning the cup, I still feel we’re a serious contender,” said Chiarelli. “I think we can win with our team, but I think we have to be improved.”