Re: What do you say now, Sidney?
posted at 4/1/2013 7:31 PM EDT
I don't know all the rules of tampering, but here's what Elliot Friedman has to say on it:
Iginla, who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, was cautious with his comments but the issue of tampering was raised by the Hotstove Tonight panel during its Saturday night segment.
The Boston Bruins had thought they had a deal in place to land Iginla, but that fell through because of Iginla's wish to play in Pittsburgh.
However, Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman doesn't see any proof that tampering took place.
"There is a thing that gets put up in all the dressing rooms now, and technically players can [be guilty of] tampering," said Friedman. "They're told personal communications to entice a player under contract with any other team to come to your team, that's not allowed. It's sort of put up in any dressing room.
"But I don't look at that and say, there's enough there to say there was tampering. I know people are very sensitive right now but I don't see something there that says the Penguins tampered with Jarome Iginla."
My take is that it isn't an issue because Iginla was leaving anyway. If a guy was under contract and there were no plans in place, having Player A call him and say, "Duuuuuude, we're on fire here. Force a trade and come join the fun" would be tampering.
Iginla was working to decide which team he was going to choose. Crosby gave him a sales pitch.
Much like Chara could do for Gaborik. 2nd rounder and Fallstrom should do it, right?