Guys, can we all chill the fuck out a bit. Please?
Yes, it sucks Iginla is gone and the return seems underwhelming at this point. But what the hell were we expecting?
Feaster was over a barrel here as Iggy could choose his destination and once Pittsburgh was the selection, it didn't exactly give him much leverage. I would have loved to have gotten more. But as we've seen, Shero is pretty goddamn shrewd and an exceptional GM. He had to have a sense that Iggy wanted to go there, so he probably played hardball.
The deal with the Bruins
seems, on paper, as if it would have been better. However, Khokhlachev has yet to prove himself beyond the junior ranks and while he seems to have a higher upside...who really knows?
What we got are two of the best scorers in American high school history and while they haven't posted huge numbers in college, not a lot of guys really do.
Hanowski was the captain of his team and from what I've been able to gather about him from reading his previews and watching some clips on youtube, he looks like a Matt Frattin
type...not too bad.
As for Agostino, haven't got a sense of his game and can't really comment too much on him.
The good news is that we have another first round pick.
I think we're still going to scrape together a few wins before the season is out and end up around 8-12 range when it all settles out. That first could be very valuable ammunition to move up the board on Draft day and grab one of the elite prospects.
If the Iginla trade ends up with us getting Drouin or Barkov instead of a lesser prospect...does that make up for it?
At the end of the day the decision was made to move Iginla and he was able to choose where he wanted to go. You may consider his actions classless or selfish, but who the fuck wouldn't want to go play with Sidney Crosby
and Evgeni Malkin
and go chase a cup if given the opportunity.
One thing I heard over and over before the Iginla trade was..."If we trade him, I hope he goes somewhere where he can win a Cup." Well, that's exactly what happened.
He chose the destination that would give him the best possible chance of getting something he truly deserves, his name on hockey's Holy Grail.