The Bruins were informed at approximately noon on Wednesday that they had acquired Jarome Iginla from Calgary before the team eventually dealt Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins early Thursday morning, general manager Peter Chiarelli said Thursday.
The Bruins offered the Flames Matt Bartkowski, Alexander Khokhlachev, and a first-round pick.
Before midnight, the Flames informed the Bruins that Iginla was going to Pittsburgh. The Penguins traded a first-round pick and prospects Ken Agostino and Ben Hanowski.
Sometime in between, when Chiarelli’s calls to Calgary met radio silence, the trade went off the rails.
“We relied on the fact that we had a deal,” said Chiarelli of scratching Bartkowski and Khokhlachev and promoting Torey Krug in Wednesday’s lineup. “Now, these things happen all the time, more than you know, about deals going south for whatever reason.
“We believed we had a deal. We operated on the premise that we had a deal. When things were silent, in my experience, when things go silent, things are usually going screwy from your end. And it was.”
The Bruins must now look at secondary moves to acquire a forward and a defenseman.