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Jarome Iginla Trade: Calgary Flames Fans Mourn, Penguins Fans Celebrate (TWEETS, VIDEO)

03/28/2013 10:19 EDT | Updated 03/28/2013 10:24 EDT

There is no doubt that Jarome Iginla will be missed when he leaves the Calgary Flames behind for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Iginla was traded to the Penguins late Wednesday night, after weeks of rumours and speculation about the star forward's next career stop after 16 seasons with the Flames.

Iginla was traded to Pittsburgh for college forwards Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski and Pittsburgh's first-round pick at the 2013 draft.

The sentiment among Flames fans, shared widely through social media after the trade was announced, is that Iggy deserves a chance to win a Stanley Cup.

Thousands of tweets and Facebook posts lament the loss of the talented forward, but wish him luck with the Pens.

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Farewell, Iggy

"We've finally reached the end of the legacy. Iggy, we'll miss you, but you deserve a cup. Best of luck in Pittsburgh. #illbecheeringforyou," tweeted @nicole_e_ellen.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh fans are celebrating the acquisition, and many believe his addition to the team will only bolster their shot at bringing home the Stanley Cup.

"That moment when you realize that your team is winning the cup this year #GreatFeeling #Pens #Iggy," tweeted Pens fan, @celinelavigne87.

Cup or not, Iginla has proved himself to at least one Pittsburgh player already. He made history with Penguins captain Sidney Crosby at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Iginla assisted on Crosby's overtime winner versus the United States that gave Canada the gold medal in men's hockey.

Even Prime Minister Stephen Harper took time to tweet his congratulations to Iginla.

Teammate Mikael Backlund wrote "All the best and good luck to #Iggy! Tough to c him leave... Great guy who will be missed in the room! #classact."

"We as an organization owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Jarome, not only for what he did for the franchise during his tenure as a player here and as our captain, but also for the fact that now as we recognize that despite our best efforts, and despite the work we've put in, we've fallen short of the goals we set for ourselves as an organization," Flames general manager Jay Feaster said.

With files from The Canadian Press.