Jarome Iginla Traded To Pittsburgh

Posted: March 28, 2013 by Lamar Lester in News, Transactions
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This is gonna take some getting used to...

This is gonna take some getting used to…

So. Iginla to Pittsburgh, eh?

Last night I had all but convinced myself that Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla would be a Boston Bruin by time I woke up today. Here we are, but Jarome Iginla is a Pittsburgh Penguin.

When the Penguins acquired Dallas Stars captain Brendan Morrow, it was to my understanding that they were completely eliminated from the Jarome Iginla Sweepstakes. Sure, they still had to cap space to get Iginla, but with the Boston Bruins also in the running, there was no way the Penguins would outbid the Bruins, right?

No. Because like a, and I mean this literally, like a thief in the night, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero swept in a stole Iginla from the Bruins.

Around 1:30am/ET, Pittsburgh and Calgary announced Jarome Iginla had been traded to Pittsburgh in exchange for prospects Ben Hanowski, Kenny Agostino, and a 2013 first round pick.

The reason this comes as a shock is because all the major news sites pretty much conceded Iginla to Boston. There were a ton of reports last night (including TSN) saying it was done.

The Bruins had reportedly offered high-end prospect Alexander Khokhlachev, Matthew Bartkowski, and a 2013 conditional first round draft pick. To add to that speculation Jarome Iginla, Alexander Khokhlachev, and Matthew Bartkowski were all scratched for their games. Iginla hadn’t been scratched for a game since April 2007 so a trade was all but certain. The only surprise was his final destination.

With Jarome Iginla choosing to waive his no trade clause to come to Pittsburgh, that makes it 2 players in the last week to pick Pittsburgh over Boston. It doesn’t hurt that Iginla played on a line with Sidney Crosby with Team Canada back in 2010. We all know what happened then.

So the Pittsburgh Penguins, a team already riding a 13-game winning streak has acquired Jarome Iginla. It wasn’t needed but the Penguins are ALL IN.

“What are you supposed to say, that we’re not all in? Yeah, we’re all in. We want to win.” – Ray Shero after acquiring Jarome Iginla

Since winning the Cup in 2009, the Penguins have only won one playoff series and have lost in the first round three straight years to lower-seeded teams. By bring in Jarome Iginla, Brendan Morrow, and Douglas Murray they add veteran leadership and experience to their lineup. A lineup that isn’t so far gone from their own deep playoff run. None of the three players have won the Stanley Cup, so there’s plenty of motivation for this team.

Jarome Iginla held a press conference earlier today where he talked about leaving the Calgary Flames.

After all this, its still possible that the Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t done dealing. They could still use a guy on the 4th line that can take faceoffs and kill penalties. The Trade Deadline is April 3rd.

“The team on paper doesn’t mean too much. We have to do it on the ice.” – Ray Shero on the roster he’s constructed.

UPDATE: Turns out we weren’t the only ones that thought Jarome Iginla was going to the Boston. The Bruins also thought Jarome Iginla would be on their roster. I mean they really, really thought they were getting him. Yikes.



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