Big sports night last night. The Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat to end their 27 game winning streak. However, something “bigger” happened in hockey: Jarome Iginla finally got traded by the Calgary Flames. It started with Nicole informing me of the initial trade – two and a half hours later, here’s what happened.
Note: The order of texts received and sent are kept the same. Enjoy.
Nicole: Heeeees goooooooooone. Finally.
Irving: Miami’s streaks over.
Irving: Streak over > Iggy.
Nicole: What gets the Canada SC headline tonight?
Irving: The MTL/Boston game which leads into the Iggy trade, which then gets thrown to the Flames/Aves game.
Nicole: No mention of Miami at all?
Nicole: The first round pick is conditional, if Iginla resigns. This trade is garbage.
Irving: Those 3 things first.
Irving: Then breakdown of the trade.
Irving: Then Miami’s streak.
Nicole: You are probs right. I’ll let you know.
Irving: Of course I could be wrong because there hasn’t been a precedent for this streak since I can remember.
Irving: Yes, Houston won 22 games but that team didn’t have Lebron James on it.
Nicole: I think the streak is big news.
Irving: It’s huge news and they lost to Chicago without D-Rose.
Nicole: But Iginla is not just a player, he’s a notable beloved Canadian.
Nicole: This trade is awful. Feaster, come on.
Irving: That’s why I say for TSN, Miami doesn’t get mentioned first.
Irving: It goes Iggy trade, trade talk, then throws to “Both Boston and Calgary were in action tonight…”
Nicole: ITS A CONDITIONAL FIRST ROUNDER. They traded their captain for two prospects.
Irving: Look as much as I want to say Miami’s streak gets mentioned, it is hockey season.
Nicole: We’ve moved on from Miami and are now absorbing how this solidifies Flames management as worst in the league.
Irving: See! Miami just won 27 straight games.
Nicole: That’s in the past.
Irving: When’s the last time a team won 27 straight? In any sport? Don’t say Chicago and their point streak. I’m talking about wins.
Nicole: A CONDITIONAL PICK.
Irving: Flames management sucks, this isn’t news. It’s like the weatherman saying, “The sun will rise tomorrow.”
Irving: Also a segment they’ll run on TSN for this: “What else could they have gotten for him?“
Nicole: Like say, A DRAFT PICK.
Irving: This infuriates me to no end, always get a draft pick.
Nicole: A solid one. Not a conditional one. That’s garbage.
Irving: Did Boston have draft picks to give though? Solid ones?
Nicole: Yes. Their first rounder this year. It’s in the deal as conditional if Iginla resigns.
Irving: The Flames should’ve said, “We’re giving you the face of our franchise. We get a draft pick.”
Nicole: Ridiculous right?
Nicole: This trade is not great.
Nicole: I almost feel sadness for Flames fans.
Irving: I know he’s 35 but this is Jarome Iginla. He’s not washed up, he’s playing with no help. He’s a legit asset.
Nicole: I seriously should be a GM. Like, I don’t know why I’m not. And I agree, Iginla still has something to give.
Nicole: SC leads with trade.
Irving: HE ASSISTED ON THE GOAL THAT GAVE US A GOLD MEDAL.
Irving: That wasn’t 8 years ago.
Nicole: AND THEY DON’T EVEN GET A REAL PICK.
Irving: I don’t know a lot about hockey BUT you’re not on the ice/field/court in that type of moment if you’re washed up.
Nicole: No, he’s not washed up. At all. He’s a skilled guy. This trade is ugly.
Irving: Does Calgary play Boston this year?
Irving: Too bad, I’d want him to light ’em up.
Nicole: Betcha Bouwmeester is next to go. Deadline day.
Irving: What’s his contract like?
Irving: Is it still horrocious?
Irving: Aka will anyone take it on?
Nicole: And I wouldn’t say Kiprusoff is off the table.
Irving: Didn’t Kipper come out and say this morning that he didn’t want to go anywhere?
Nicole: Bouwmeester has one year left at 6.6 million. So not repulsive trade wise.
Nicole: And Kipper did, but he has no protection in his contract. So what he says is irrelevant.
Irving: It feels like Bouwmeester’s contract still has seven years left on it.
Nicole: Because he’s a plug.
Irving: Is Kipper even good still? Is his football equivalent, “Solid back up QB?”
Nicole: He’s a starter on a lousy team. That’s perfect for him.
Irving: Oh good, so he’s Matt Hasselback.
Nicole: When the Flames fans chant, “Iggy,” I think I almost feel sympathy?
Irving: I like how instead of a statement that’s a question.
Irving: When is the Streak mentioned? I’m guessing twenty minutes in.
Nicole: I’m unclear on this emotion. I want to gloat, but it’s just so sad.
Nicole: It was mentioned in the opener.
Irving: It doesn’t count until they show the highlights.
Nicole: Twice now. Jay’s like, “We are going to get to Miami.” That’s huge, I promise.
Irving: Good. After all, they only won 27 games in a row. The last time they lost was on Feb.1st.
Nicole: Valid, valid.
Nicole: Respect where respect is due.
Nicole: The prospects are described as “A possible second line center and a 5th or 6th D-man.”
Irving: Wait, what?
Nicole: Go Flames.
Irving: Did Flames management look at what the Raptors got for Vince Carter and say to themselves, “We can do worse.”
Nicole: That’s a possibility.
Irving: Is Boston’s GM in Calgary right now? Did they go for drinks with Feaster and spike his drinks?
Irving: If you were playing NHL 2013 and tried to put the trade through the game would laugh and reject it.
Irving: The game would say, “Sorry but I need a real draft pick and top line prospects.”
Nicole: Just ridiculous. I can’t even.
Nicole: This is not how you rebuild.
Irving: This is how you kill your franchise for a decade.
Irving: So basically what you’re saying is that my hockey fan love should be a free agent at the end of this season?
Irving: Not like I was ever a hardcore Flames fan to begin with.
Nicole: 14 minutes to the streak.
Nicole: But a long package on it for basketball.
Irving: “For basketball.” My sports life in Canada in a nutshell.
Nicole: At least it trumped Raptors highlights.
Irving: It’s because the Raps didn’t win.
Nicole: WHHHHOAAA. JUST KIDDING. NEWS CONFERENCE AND IGINLA TO PITTSBURGH.
Nicole: CROSBY AND IGINLA.
Nicole: And they got a real first round pick.
Nicole: I love this for Iginla.
Nicole: This makes me infinitely happier.
Nicole: TSN was totally wrong though. Whoa.
Irving: The streak’s dead tomorrow.
Irving: It’s getting pushed back to 30 minutes.
Nicole: I like this for Pitt. As a more mature player, he gets to learn from Iginla as he goes out. Just like he did from Lemiuex. Crosby will have learned from the very best teachers.
Irving: *Mic Drop*
Irving: What did Pitt give up?
Nicole: Two prospects and a solid first round pick.
Nicole: I love this for Iginla. He gets to mold the next Captain Canada.
Nicole: I would love for Jarome to win a cup with Crosby.
Nicole: Just LOVE.
Irving: Related news: My FB is broken all I see is “Iggy go win a Cup.”
Nicole: That’s because we all love Crosby. It varies from open love to secret love, but we all love Crosby.
Irving: Every Flames fan wants to kick you in the shin right now.
Nicole: I’m not wrong.
Nicole: They would LOVE Crosby to pass Iginla the Cup.
Nicole: I would shed hockey tears in that moment. It’s like Sakic and Bourque.
Irving: Is this your final comment? Just going to ignore that I said, “Iggy go get a Cup” not, “Sid go get another”?
Nicole: My Crosby love flies free.
Irving: With an undercurrent of Flames hate.
Nicole: Now I can cheer openly for Iginla.
Nicole: I like this so much more than Boston.
Irving: Pitt is infinitely better than Boston.
Nicole: Crosby hands Iginla the Cup. Canada cries happy tears. It will be beautiful.
Irving: If they win this year, does Iggy retire?
Nicole: Yes, to be a dad.
Irving: That’d be nice.
Nicole: This has the potential to be a PERFECT story.
Nicole: I want a live camera on Sid when he reads the text tomorrow morning.
Nicole: Like, THE GOLDEN GOAL. THEY DID THAT TOGETHER.
Irving: He has to know already.
Irving: Iggy already called.
Nicole: Not necessarily. 2am there. Do they play tomorrow?
Nicole: Iggy and Sid have a direct line like the Russia-USA line.
Irving: I’m possibly the worst person to ask that question.
Irving: And they play Winnipeg tomorrow – in Pitt.
Nicole: So two hours change. Depends on how early the deal was done.
Irving: Then they play Saturday in Pitt against the Islanders. Debut for Iggy for sure.
Nicole: For his GM to tell him.
Nicole: This is SO EXCITING.
Nicole: Who can forget Crosby yelling, “IGGY,” for that pass, for that goal?
Irving: Also that game on Saturday is at 1pm Eastern, terrible time slot.
Nicole: Welcome to being the Islanders.
Irving: BUT no March Madness that day. Madness is tomorrow and Friday.
Nicole: Valid. Not a total loss.
Irving: Still for us that’s a 10am start.
Nicole: Yeah that’s a morning.
Nicole: There are tweets straight up applauding Feaster for destroying the franchise.
Nicole: It’s only going to get worse my little friends.
Irving: What can you do?
Nicole: I love this.
Nicole: Final thought for tonight: happiness.
Irving: Final thought from me: #Heat is still the number one trending thing on my Twitter.
Nicole: Also #TSNoutsider
Irving: I don’t have those.
Irving: I have: #Heat, #Iginla, #thankyouiggy, #Flames, and #Feaster.
Nicole: Ohhh our differences.
Nicole: Do you at least appreciate Crosby-Iginla and the legacy of Team Canada and the Golden Goal?
We should all have the feeling Nicole is experiencing.
It’s Like I Have ESPN or Something – Nicole
I am just so happy-sad for Iginla right now. Even for a complete non Flames fan, I grew up knowing Jarome was a class act and a fantastic role model.
I am thrilled for him to play with Crosby. I hope he loves it.