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Report: Despite acquisitions, Penguins still pursuing Iginla

Mar 26, 2013, 9:51 AM EST

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.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have added forward Brenden Morrow and defenseman Douglas Murray in recent trades, but don’t count them out of the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes just yet.

They still have interest in Iginla and plan to pursue him, according to an ESPN source.

If that sounds far-fetched, keep in mind what Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero said in a recent NHL.com interview:

“It just seems this is the one year too that teams have that extra cap space. Where a team like us in the last couple of years really didn’t have any cap space and maybe moving forward with the cap going down, we might not have that in the future.”

In other words, there’s a unique opportunity for the Penguins to add big in their pursuit of the Stanley Cup without being overly concerned about exceeding the cap. If the Penguins pass on this chance, they might not find themselves in a position like this in future campaigns.

Meanwhile, one of their principal Eastern Conference rivals, the Boston Bruins, are also on the shortlist of teams that Iginla would accept a trade to.

If the Penguins don’t get Iginla, they might have to play against him in the second round or Eastern Conference Finals, although it’s worth adding that the Bruins are reportedly looking at alternatives to Iginla.

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  1. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Interesting, but doesn’t sound anything like there’s evidence to suggest they are still pursuing Iginla…I’m not sure I believe ESPN has any sources anywhere remotely connected to the game of hockey.

    Would love to see him as a Penguin…but not at the cost of the future, and Iginla’s going to cost prospects plus firsts. They’ve given up one prospect and three draft picks (getting one back) in order to better a team that has won 12 straight. Outstanding.

    Now if they’ll take Kennedy as part of the deal, there’s some value in and of itself.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      TK kept the streak going with a nasty shot in OT the other night and although he has had a sub par year so far, one can’t help remember that a lot of fans wanted Martin gone last year and that would have been a huge mistake. TK has earned his right at another chance.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        I understand your point, but disagree. TK scored a goal, that’s it. There are players that do all the little things right, but hardly ever score. That’s fine by me. TK does all the little things wrong…so that goal means nothing to me. Also a ‘bad year’ really doesn’t sum up his career so far.

        Technically, here’s my issue. TK’s shooting % is almost the lowest of any forward on the team for a reason – he takes bad shots, and gives the puck away. Now, I understand the concept, wait for traffic in front, third man in shoots the puck, the other two crash the net and get the rebound. Works, especially on the third line. Doesn’t work if you are the first man in, you cross the blue line, and shoot into the goalies mit from 60′ out. He’s done that for three years. He played well with Crosby because Crosby didn’t give him the opportunity to pull that sh*t. He’s not worth $2M, and has been given too many chances. I hope they trade him now…market his game winning goal in the flyer. In general he’s had bad judgement on the ice period. Notice that while TK is a minus player, his linemates are not.

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        Hockeywithdrawl I get your critism of tk as I have also been down on him giving his performance compared to someone like dupuis who makes less. That being said his play over the last 2 weeks has been really good and 3rd line wingers typically don’t have a high percentage in shooting, if they did they wouldn’t be on the 3rd line. I don’t mind critizing a player when he’s doing bad, but lately for tk that’s not been the case. Pens fans seem to always cling to one whipping boy per season and this year it’s tk. Just don’t let that distract you from seeing how well he’s been playing lately.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      I hear you and do not disagree but I just feel that him being a 4th round pick playing on the third line averaging a half point a game during his career is not as bad as people are saying. If he is doing all the things wrongs on ice that you mention then I think it is the coach’s responsibility to correct his play such as poor shot selection. Maybe the addition of Morrow will effect where and how Kennedy plays. Even if TK ends up on the forth line he would still be an asset as he is a role and team player.

    • greatday4hockey - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      I agree , since when does espn care anything for hockey?Especially with a miami heat winning streak in full effect

    • stakex - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Correction: They’ve given up one prospect and three draft picks (getting one back) in order to add over the hill, middle of the road players that aren’t likely to make much impact on a team thats won 12 strait. At most they give the Pens a little more depth, but thats not an area the Pens are all that weak at.

      Iginla might be different. He probably would make an impact, even on an already dangerous Pens team, especially in the playoffs. However, hes going to cost the Pens a lot of future… and probably isn’t anything more then a rental player. If this “all-in” to win the Cup strategy fails and Iginla bolts after this season, such a move would have nothing but negative impact on the Pens from here on out.

      Its also worth noting that the Pens defense and goaltending, despite playing good lately, will be their question mark in the playoffs… not their offense. Spending even more of their future to strengthen their offense seems like a strange move. Also, with Boston, Chicago, the Ducks, and Montreal all looking good as well… this year is no slam dunk for the Pens.

  2. valoisvipers - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    This would be a dream come true for Iggy and Pens fans.

  3. jacketsfan7 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    I’d never want Kennedy to leave , he’s too much to give away

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Cool – Umberger for Kennedy and a fifth, then.

  4. theageofquarrel - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    It would be sweet for him to join the stacked Penguins roster but not at the price the Feaster Bunny wants. As for TK, everybody wants to trade him but who would want him? He has to lead the league in shots wide or shots off the the glass. He has 5 goals 2 against the Rangers and 3 against Philthy.

  5. steelpenbucs87 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    While I would obviously love to add Iginla (provided the price was right) I would be interested to see if there’s any concern by Ray or Disco about rocking the boat too much. From all accounts the Pens have an extraordinarily tight knit locker room and for everyone of these guys who comes on to the team someone else is going to find themselves on another team, in the press box, or in WBS.

    Again I can’t stress enough that if the price were right (Roster player, High level prospect, mid level prospect, high pick) I would be willing to do it, but just a thought about the shake-up in the dressing room.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      Good point – how many Captains is too many Captains.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      Iggy doesn’t have an ego and would fit like an old glove, just like the glove Sid lost when Jarome set him up for the Golden Goal.

      • bensawesomeness - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        It still hurts….

      • valoisvipers - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        Sorry Bensawesomeness It wasn’t my intent to bring up old wounds to rub salt into.Awesome game by both teams and all involved can hold their heads up high unlike the Japan Games, but that’s another old wound, sorry again.

    • bmscalise - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      I think it would rock the boat – both off-ice and chemistry. Iginla would take Pascal Dupuis’ job next to Sid. And this would be in spite of Dupuis having done an excellent job – perhaps better than Iginla could (despite obviously being a more talented player), because of the chemistry that line has built through years of playing together. Not to mention that Dupuis is one of the most popular guys in the room. I don’t think it would go over well if a vet like Dupuis lost his role despite performing wonderfully.

      It isn’t a matter of egos. The Pens are an extremely close group who are fighting not just for the Cup but for the right to keep this group of guys together. It matters to them. This is why Shero didn’t trade any rosters players when he made his moves. It was a reward and a show of faith that this team can win it all – to remove an important piece or see their role decline would be seen as a slap to the face.

      • valoisvipers - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        Where Iggy plays will be the coach’s call. I think he might put him with Geno and Neal but I would try to form a new third line with Iggy,Morrow and Sutter.If Morrow doesn’t work there,the Pens have lots off other options to try in his place. What a luxury to have.

  6. myroncopesflask - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    The only way Tyler Kennedy belongs on a Pens roster is if it is the WBS Pens. I would say that he is a 4th liner but the number one role of the 4th line is to not give up goals. TK is a turnover waiting to happen and his offensive skills are not what he thinks they are. If they can move him and get a conditional pick that would be great! If not cut bait and move on. TK has last long enough on this roster based off the work of Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke on “the best 3rd line in hockey” That line is gone as should TK be gone. And Please Please Please bring Iggy to the Pens..

    • ntvd7 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      *As he scores the game winning goal in overtime*

      Great analysis here…

      • myroncopesflask - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        His OT winner was a nice shot.. That is one game! If you are looking at his performance over the past two seasons and honestly think that he is earning his salary I have to say you wasted money on one of his jerseys or you are a friend or family member.

  7. gamechanger87 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Hero Shero will be adding this gamechanging sniper to our roster soon, just watch & see. Everyone wants to play on our team, we are embarrassing the entire NHL bringing in such talent.

  8. killerpgh - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    The Penguins have to clear some roster spots. Having 9 d-man now in Orpik, Letang, Martin, Niskenan, Eaton, Murray, Burtuzzo, Engelland and Despres. Despres is the only one who can get sent down who out having to go through waivers. It sucks, but he will probably be sent down to WBS because of it and either Burtuzzo/Engellad/Niskanen will probably get traded. If a trade for Iginla can happen for Niskanen, Kennedy, and a 1st I do it if I’m Shero. If Feaster wants a lot more then that I just stay in the talks to make sure the Bruins (or LA/Chicago) don’t get him cheap.
    I know anything can happen in the playoffs. The past few years in the East a handful of teams that were considered legit Stanley Cup contenders. This year it’s really only 2 (Bruins/Pens, I’m still not a believer in the Habs). This Is the year to load up and give your team every option they need. Not to often are the Penguins gonna be a powerhouse while teams like Flyers, Rangers, Devils, Capitals etc struggle.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      IMO, the Pens shouldn’t give up their first round for a rental player. And before anyone says “if they win the cup it’ll be more like a 2nd anyway”, their 2009 pick was Simon Despres. The Pens can win with the team they have now. Not only is Geno out, but Neal’s offense has been invisible throughout Geno’s absence, too. So in a couple weeks they’re gonna get the production of 2 allstar players back.

  9. myroncopesflask - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Ask Team Canada how many captains is too many captains.

  10. jaybaileys - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    They are not gonna trade Niskanen. He is a solid bottom pair for this team. He doesn’t give the puck away as much as Engelland and can play on the 2nd PP. If he could get Iginla for TK, Bortuzzo/Engo, and a 3rd rounder fine, but don’t trade away a 1st round pick for another rental. If you do that, you have to win the cup. Anything less would be a failure. Shero is smart, not crazy, I think that’s too much to give up for 1 playoff run. Anything can happen in the playoffs, like a hot goalie, injuries, or they get snakebit and can’t score. Malkin and Letang are coming back soon. Let’s see what they can do and hopefully enjoy a long playoff run. No Geno and Letang tonight, B. Morrow will play though against the Habs, can’t wait to see the barn buzzing tonight.

  11. steelers88 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    I really don’t want the Penguins to after Jerome Iginla he would mess up the chemistry with the first line.

  12. multiplemiggs - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    he would be a great fit for the Flyers

    • jpelle82 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      its a high price for a team that probably wont make the playoffs even with him.

      • wettwork - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:23 AM

        Pens are mugging / raping whoever gets in their way off hoisting the cup …
        The CUP Is coming back home to the ‘Burgh in “13
        Boo – yaaah !!!!!!! 71+87=Da Cup

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      What would they trade for him, though? Couts is losing stock, I’d bet it would have to be Braden Schenn and at least one first. Leighton hasn’t been proven yet (but looked good). That’s a lot to offer when you’re not sure you’ll make the playoffs. Philly’s position in the rankings has them tied up.

  13. Steeley McBeam - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    No thanks on Iginla unless no prospects are involved. Even with the salary cap going down this team is built for the future. Sign Malkin and Letang and give Bennett/Depres/Niskanan and the top prospects some more ice time. Dupius sounds like hes ready to play for free.

    This isnt the Steelers. If they dont win the cup this year they are young enough to compete for the next decade. Dont screw that up for 1 guy… or two (Marrow) or three (Murray).

  14. nananatman - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Well Jerome, I have no idea who will bring pride to the dressing room without, I appreciate your years of service and strength of leadership.

  15. joewilliesshnoz - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    12 wins in a row, and the Pens just got better, ouch.

  16. myroncopesflask - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    This site has turned me into a troll!… I never used to comment on most of the items posted but I cannot take the trolling by the Flyers fans any longer. It blows my mind how their fans always think that Pens fans are hurt by the comments about our team going bankrupt! It makes me laugh because a francise that spends more than any but has less success than the Pirates since 1976 has a fan base that is so clueless!

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Triple Yoi!

    • JoeAvg - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Resist the temptation to troll my son. Many times I’ve thought I was going to allow myself to sink to that level but you just have to remind yourself: “I have a life, I have friends, I have no need to do this for attention” All it takes is a little inner strength.

  17. modellforprez - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    bring him home Ray no doubt you can swing it without messing with the future. the 3 center system was good won a cup and all till staalsy realized he wanted to play hockey on tobacco road. so now put all your pucks in one basket and hope for the best. i know iginla is a good player but he is old and shouldnt cost too much maybe a player from the minors and picks. either way i say go for it i never felt this team was gonna be a yearly contender with the losses of scuderi gill roberts they lost too much grit at once and didnt really replace it. besides maybe aaron asham. go Pens they will win 19 in a row before losing

  18. steelers88 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    I think the Penguins should go after a center. Malkin might be out for the rest of the year including the playoffs because of his shoulder. The penguins no matter how good they are can’t win a cup without Malkin and maybe bringing in a center would help and feel the void of losing Malkin to injury.

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