“I, obviously, in my experience, know that if things go silent it means that something is going screwy from your end. And it was,” Chiarelli said. “Later that night, around quarter to 12, I got a call from Jay saying that it was the player’s choice and he opted to go to Pittsburgh and we were out.”
He said he had asked for permission to talk with Iginla earlier but was denied so he wasn’t able to offer a contract extension or convince him to come to Boston.
He didn’t blame Feaster, called him a “gentleman” and said he didn’t think “there was anything nefarious on Jay’s part.”
Iginla said during a news conference on Thursday that “when it comes down to the choice I had, one or the other, it’s really hard to pass up the opportunity to play on a team with Sid and (Evgeni) Malkin.”
That’s the team the Bruins could face in the playoffs.
“I would welcome it. I think when we’re going, we play a really good game that matches up well against them,” Chiarelli said. “I’m not laying down for them, but they know what it takes.”
And now they have Iginla.
“There’s always other players” the Bruins could trade for, Chiarelli said, but “that was a good player. That was a real good player.”