Given plenty of opportunities, the Bruins players yesterday refused to take any shots at Jarome Iginla for choosing the Pittsburgh Penguins over their team as the best destination to win a Stanley Cup.

“It’s his one chance to really make a decision for what’s best for him, in his eyes,” Andrew Ference said of Iginla, who exercised his no-trade clause to his utmost advantage. “How can you fault somebody for doing what they want to do in a situation where they have that kind of control? That’s part of his contract and part of his deal that he gets that option, so of course he’s going to make that decision for himself.”

Though the trade to the Bruins was close — a done deal, in fact, according to general manager Peter Chiarelli — it’s just “noise” now, said Ference, who played with Iginla in Calgary.

“You can play fantasy hockey all you want. You can do that with any guy around the league. We’d love to have (Steven) Stamkos. He’d probably help our power play,” Ference joked. “You could keep doing that but, like I said, until something happens, until he puts on our sweater, I don’t think there are too many guys that get that wrapped up in it.”

Said Patrice Bergeron: “It’s his decision. There’s nothing you can really control.”

Did the fact that Iginla chose Pittsburgh over the Bruins — and handed his old team the lesser of the two offers in the process — present a challenge to the B’s?