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PHT Morning Skate: Where Penguins might be interested in Iginla

Mar 4, 2013, 7:14 AM EDT

Jarome Iginla (L) jokes with Sidney Crosby on the bench during the second practice of the Team Canada Olympic Orientation Camp on August 24, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
(August 23, 2009 - Source: Mike Ridewood/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Dallas Stars forward Derek Roy returned from a groin injury on Feb. 4, but he only recently told coach Glen Gulutzan that he’s finally feeling 100% healthy. It’s probably not coincidental that Roy has five points in his last three games. (Dallas Morning News)

Ryan O’Reilly beat himself up for accidentally scoring on his own net in his first game with the Colorado Avalanche since holding out as a restricted free agent. However, Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco wasn’t particularly harsh in his assessment of O’Reilly’s play. (Denver Post)

Patrick Kane double-shifted in Chicago’s 2-1 shootout victory over Detroit on Sunday and consequently led all Blackhawks forwards with 23:29 minutes on the ice, but Kane never says no to more playing time. (Chicago Tribune)

40-year-old goaltender Martin Brodeur will miss at least two more games due to his sore back. He hasn’t played for the New Jersey Devils since Feb. 21. (New Jersey Online)

If the Calgary Flames decide to put Jarome Iginla on the market, will he end up playing with Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh? (Ottawa Sun)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have called up 21-year-old forward Ondrej Palat from the minors on Sunday. He was taken with the 208th pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but has been excelling in the AHL and might make his NHL debut on Monday. (

Legendary coach Scotty Bowman thinks teams should spend time practicing shootouts. Devils coach Pete DeBoer might follow his advice, given New Jersey’s 0-3 record in shootouts this season. (New Jersey Online)

Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall missed Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Wild due to a strain in his leg. It would have been his first contest against the Wild since his hit on Cal Clutterbuck put the Wild forward on the injured reserve list with a thigh contusion. Hall served a two-game suspension for kneeing. (Edmonton Sun)

The Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins exchanged in a fierce and close battle on Sunday as they both sought to claim sole possession of the Northeast Division lead. If you want to check out the highlights, you can do so below:

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  1. pens87 - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Would love to have Iginla…but he would have to come at the right price. Pens have a lot of resigning to do, as Malkin and Letang definitely will not be cheap to bring back. Personally, I’d like Shero to focus on tightening up the defense. Giving up 16 goals in 3 games leaves a lot to be desired.

    • bgrillz - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      Iginla would be a rental. It won’t affect the resigning of Malkin or Tanger at all. Those guys will be shored up in due time. I do agree, we need another defenseman. Orpik has had a pretty rough go of things this season.

      • valoisvipers - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        bgrillz I don’t see any team paying the price it will take to get Iggy just for a rental. He will go to a team that has cap space and intends on resigning him.The Pens don’t fill that bill as they have to much talent already that will need resigning soon enough. I think the Wings have the talent and cap space to get Iggy and who wouldn’t resign with the Wings.

      • drunk4thliners - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        Maybe Orpik has had a tough go of it because he is the only defensive defenseman that is on the team. Sure you got Bortuzzo, whom I like, but he’s not proven. Orpik has to mentally overcome all of the Dmen that want to shoot the puck. (Wide, I might add.) Is Mark Eaton going to bring more grit or better defensive play? I’m not sure of it.

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    First off the Iginla rumor is started by Bruce Garrioch which pretty much guarantees it’s made up (he was let go from Hockey Night in Canada cause he was always “hearing” these outlandish rumors that never had any basis in reality. Secondly Iginla has a no trade clause (and is extremely close tothe Flames owner) and his indicated that he doesn’t want to waive that which means the Flames won’t be putting him on the block, unless he changes his mind. And based on how Feaster bungled things last week I’m not so sure he’ll get the chance to make anymore big deals here.

    • edges23 - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      You’d have to think he’d considering waving it to go play with Sid.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      “It’s believed the Penguins – among other teams – have targeted Calgary Flames winger Jarome Iginla”

      I’d agree with you – funny how this is coming out of Ottawa and no other info other than the above was given.

  3. operwapitsai - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:53 AM


    • edges23 - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Are you excited that you found the caps-lock button on your keyboard?

    • lonespeed - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      I doubt Iginla would lobby to go to yet another sub-par team, be the best player and have to carry all the load like he’s done for years in Calgary.

  4. dkphilly1122 - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Pen’s offense is fine. Why in the world would they give up anything for another forward, a rental at that. The Pens, like my Flyers, need Defense and just to tighten up in front of the goalie. If they do anything it should be a good defensive D man.

  5. rwbart1 - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Go Habs Go

  6. blomfeld - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM


    Just kidding about Feaster. But man would it ever be nice to have Jarome on the Kings eh? And can you imagine how the entire WC would be trembling with fear? I mean seriously, it would be like Napoleon bringing nuclear weapons onto the battlefield at Waterloo in 1815! Of course I realize that it’s unlikely to ever happen, but it sure is a nice thought all the same … :)

    • thehighcountrybear - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      Have to think Elvis would have been a helluva hockey player…man those moves, shake rattle an roll! Memphis could have had a team too…the Memphis Mob?

      There must be lights burning brighter somewhere
      Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue
      If I can dream of a better land
      Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
      Tell me why, oh why, oh why can’t my dream come true

      • blomfeld - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        No kidding eh? :) Anyway, I know that I can safely speak for everyone here by stating that “If I Can Dream” is one of our absolute favorite songs of all time!

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      At the end of his run here the relationship between Darryl Sutter and Iginla had turned sour, Iginla does not like Sutter and likely wouldn’t waive his no trade clause to go there.

  7. thehighcountrybear - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Iginla’s going nowhere! Why would he…he’s built a beautiful home amidst some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, and his home is in Calgary where crime is low and taxes are favourable; by far the lowest provincial tax in Canada with no burdensome sales tax. Sure, men are men and the cattle nervous in Alberta, but the people are real friendly if you’re a card carrying conservative and, while hockey is important, it’s not the end of the world if the Flames lose so the probability of rioting is low. Great place to live and raise a family, great place to call home, great place to stay!

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