It’s inevitable there will be plenty of blame, foot stomping and gnashing of teeth from the Bruins fan base the day after they lost out on Hall of Fame winger Jarome Iginla.

There will probably also be more than a few hate tweets and merciless beatings on the message boards.

After all it’s so reminiscent of the months following the 2003 baseball season when the very same Boston fan base thought they had a “sure thing” deal for Alex Rodriguez only to have the New York Yankees sweep the rug out from under them. This time it was Penguins GM Ray Shero playing the role of Lucy and pulling the pigskin away from the Bruins front office as they got ready to lean into a football kick.

Things worked out pretty well for the Red Sox in the five years following the A-Rod debacle, and it’s a bit of a different situation with a Bruins franchise just two years removed from a stirring Stanley Cup campaign.

But the fresh wound is absolutely there for those surrounding the Black and Gold: team executives, scouts, players, media and the fan base all thought No. 12 from Calgary Cowtown was on his way to Causeway Street.

That means there is a natural inclination for many to place blame on “the day after” Iginla stunned the city of Boston.

Should Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli take the blame for failing to furnish a good enough offer to Calgary that would have made it impossible to refuse?

Some may want to go there, but it would be incredibly misguided given how things went down in this particular situation.

Including goalie prospect Malcolm Subban or moving the first round pick from conditional to guaranteed simply wouldn’t have mattered if Iginla always wanted to win a Cup with his buddy, Sidney Crosby, in Pittsburgh. That’s how much clout players like Iginla hold in the process when they have a full no-movement clause and the ear of the team owner setting out the marching orders.