The Pittsburgh Penguins pulled off a surprise trade overnight, acquiring veteran winger Jarome Iginla from Calgary.
The move rocked hockey because Iginla, 35, was believed to be headed to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. He is the third veteran the Penguins have picked up this week in a Stanley Cup-or-bust flurry of activity.
“What are you supposed to say, that we’re not all in?” General Manager Ray Shero said (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). “Yeah, we’re all in. We want to win.”
The Pens, who earlier acquired Brenden Morrow from the Dallas stars and Douglas Murray from the San Jose Sharks, sent prospects Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski and their 2013 first-round draft pick to the Flames for Iginla. He, like the other veteran acquisitions, is not under contract beyond this season.
Because of immigration issues, it isn’t known when Iginla will join the Pens. Nor has there been a discussion of how Iginla will be used.
“He not once asked, ‘Where will I play?’ or who he would play with,” Shero said.
Whether their all-in approach works or not, the Pens have certainly gotten better with the kind of improbable move that isn’t supposed to be possible now, Yahoo’s Nicholas J. Cotsonika writes.
How do the Bruins keep up now? How does anyone? There is not another Iginla to rent before Wednesday’s trade deadline, unless maybe the Dallas Stars can’t sign Jaromir Jagr to an extension and decide to move him. To add another player of that stature might take more of a true hockey trade.
That doesn’t mean the Bruins or anyone else will give up and hand the Cup to the Penguins. We’ll have to see what other moves are made and which ones work. We’ll have to see how these pieces fit in Pittsburgh, how the chemistry develops, what the matchups are, if the Penguins stay healthy, if they can keep the puck out of their net – how much more motivated opponents are to knock them off.
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