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Penguins are ‘all in’ after trading for Jarome Iginla

Mar 28, 2013, 2:59 AM EDT

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It was big news when the Pittsburgh Penguins picked up forward Brenden Morrow from the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

It was also big news when the Penguins acquired defenseman Douglas Murray from the San Jose Sharks on Monday.

Then, the hockey world found out that the Penguins acquired Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames in exchange for prospects Ben Hanowski, Kenny Agostino and a 2013 first-round draft pick. Depending on which part of the continent you reside, the deal could’ve come down early Thursday morning or late Wednesday night.

It doesn’t really matter. It’s perhaps the biggest trade of 2013.

Oh, and the Penguins have Sidney Crosby, the league’s leading scorer with 54 points in 34 games. In the last few days, the Penguins have gone from a very good team to the heavy favorites to win the Eastern Conference.

“What are you supposed to say, that we’re not all in?” Penguins general manager Ray Shero told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“Yeah, we’re all in. We want to win.”

The Penguins are 26-8-0 and their 52 points is good enough for top spot in the Eastern Conference, five points up on the Montreal Canadiens.

It’s not all good news in Pittsburgh, however.

The Penguins put defenseman Kris Letang back on injured reserve, while goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury‘s status isn’t clear at this point.

“Marc-Andre Fleury is continuing to get evaluated today,” Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma told

“There’s not any more information in that regard. He’s not been ruled out to be the backup (Thursday) as of yet.”

  1. canucks30 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    I think it’s Luongo time for the Penguins

    • 19to77 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:07 AM


    • valoisvipers - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      canucks30 You say Luongo to anywhere everyday. Give it up already, nobody wants Bobby Lou and his insane contract. Put him on waivers and he would clear them! The only way they move him is to retain a large portion of his salary.

  2. 19to77 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    This team has impossible depth. It’ll be running Morrow or Dupuis on the third line and when its first string is injured it just switches to ANOTHER FIRST-STRING GOALIE. How can this juggernaut of a roster possibly fit under the salary cap?

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:13 AM

      Like this:

      • 19to77 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:20 AM

        So if they buried Tyler Kennedy in the AHL they could add a $6m player on top of this terrifying death engine and still be barely under.

        Ray Shero is a wizard.

    • gospitfires - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      at the risk of being downvoted to hell, jsut popped in to say that morrow and dupuis are already third line players on every other NHL team aquiring jerome dosnt change anything. Dupuis has never done anything in his career in the times he hasnt played with Sid, i mean this is a guy who in 12 seasons has averaged more than HALF a point a game twice and has played with Sid for what, 4 seasons? and Morrow has been in massive decline for a couple years, this team was already a serious contendor, but morrow is a depth move same as the murray deal is, Jerome makes u alot better though.

  3. canucks30 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    Crosby, Malkin, and Iginla

    • 19to77 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:10 AM

      And Neal, and third-leading scorer in the NHL Kunitz, and top scorer amongst defensemen Letang. The scoring just never stops with these people.

  4. canucks30 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    This is how I see the Penguins against the rest of the Eastern Conference from here on in:

    • 19to77 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:24 AM

      “From here on in”? What were the past 13 games if not a conference-wide beatdown?

      • canucks30 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:58 AM

        That was average run-of-the-mill beat down. Now it’s:

  5. hockeyflow33 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    Does this make them the Miami Heat of the NHL?

    • itripledogdareyou - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      The talent is comparable but the egos aren’t.

  6. canucks30 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:38 AM

  7. thehighcountrybear - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    Much ado about nothing…

    There’s still the nasty reality that is the underachieving yet potentially explosive New York Rangers! And Canadiens and Bruins are going to roll over and play dead because Penguins acquired Murray, Morrow and Iginla…?

    Not likely!

    Get lucky enough to get out of their conference, Penguins still lack the horses to run with Canucks, Ducks or Kings…forget the eastern conference plod-fest, tough hard-nosed speed hockey rules in the west!

    You can put lace curtains on an outhouse, but at the end of the day, it’s still an outhouse…

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:36 AM

      The Pens have rolled over the Bruins and Canadiens this season without any help from Murray, Morrow, Malkin, or Iginla. Those 4 do nothing more than just add some gasoline to the raging fire the Pens set on the northeast this year. I think they’re like 9-1 against them. Those dang southeast teams are who comes in and messes everything up. 6-0 against Ottawa, Boston, Montreal, but 2-3 against Carolina, Florida, and Winnipeg. I’ve been a fan of the Pens long enough to know that sometimes as fans we don’t ask questions, sometimes we just accept that it is what it is and be thankful only one of them will make the playoffs anyway. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that the Pens have tended to match up well against more talented teams this year.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      HCBear The Pens lack the horses,East is a plod-fest.
      Say what?HC Bear are you just trolling today? As a Montrealer you know your hockey better than that!

  8. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    Wow this is crazy. First they tell us the trade isn’t happening tonight, then it’s a done deal to the Bruins, and now the Pens swoop in. I said a few days ago that acquiring Morrow was overkill as they have a deep forward group, but I was wrong. This is overkill. Iginla mixed in with Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Kunitz, Morrow, Sutter, Kennedy, etc… that’s scary. When I thought the Bruins had acquired him it looked like they easily matched the Pens moves, now it’s not even close. Shero does it again. The only issue is the immense pressure this puts on the team to win a Cup. They already had a ton of pressure, but you give up so many assets for 3 potential UFA’s and what if they don’t win a Cup? Do you use the rest of your cap space ($64 million ceiling next yr) to re-sign these guys? Or just Iginla? It’ll be interesting. But I have to say I’m extremely jealous of Pens fans. Somehow everything seems to go their way (aside from injuries lately).

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:52 AM

      If anything they just got older this week ,,,,,,,,,no biggie this will just make the thud getting bounced from the playoffs a lot harder and louder !

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:14 AM

        Yep! can’t wait to see the Flyers bounce them out again. What? Why won’t it be the Flyers who do the bouncing? Oh! the ‘other’ PA team didn’t make the playoffs, but Lavy saod the season isn’t over yet.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        Yeah the players checks will be bouncing you front runnin fool another bankruptcy comin !

  9. jhuck92 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:13 AM

    How many captains will Shero sign? And how many sweaters will have an A or a C stitched on the chest??

  10. nicknyhc - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    Is this gonna matter when your goalie/defense let in 30 goals in a 6 game playoff series and get bounced in the first round? Just saying…..happened last year.

    • koontang11 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:52 AM

      this isn’t last year

    • pens5829 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:13 AM

      And don’t think for a minute the guys on that team have forgotten that….

    • pens5829 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:23 AM

      Also. 9 goals allowed in the last 9 games. The Fleur remembers last year as well. He’ll be motivated.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      Good lord I hate comments like that. They lack any type of depth of intelligence. Once step above “you don’t know hockey” comments.

      The Pens showed this year that it’s not the defense OR the goalie that was hurting them, it was the style they were playing. They stopped the run and gun offense and with the forwards now playing back more, they’ve been defensively amazing. If they are losing in the third, they go back to playing offense. That’s growth in coaching from Bylsma…

      …and they also added another very good goalie this year, if you haven’t heard.

      • nicknyhc - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:32 PM

        The Pens really did give up 30 goals against in a 6 game playoff series against the Flyers last year, do the math….that’s an average of 5 goals a game. Tough to win a cup with those numbers.

        I’m sorry if facts and statistics “lack depth of intelligence” buddy. Vokoun is good, but those numbers were with Fluery.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        You aren’t helping your case any.

  11. gamechanger87 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    Here we go AGAIN, hero Shero was probably chuckling reading that Boston was getting him. Pens fans knew all along that shero wuld gamechange it up and bring in this guy for Crosby to develop into a top-notch scorer. Can’t wait to see the nets catch fire and see final scores in daily double digets.

    • stakex - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      It will be even better when this “dream team” gets blown out in the first round again because they forgot that its defense and goaltending that wins cups… and the Pens don’t have cup calibur defense and goaltending.

      • itripledogdareyou - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        Ya, their goaltending and defense have been so bad the last 13 games…

      • nicknyhc - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        Exactly….30 goals against in 6 games against the Flyers. I thoroughly enjoyed the epic whining, hair pulling meltdown that ensued at the end of game 6 when the golden boy dream team realized their playoff dreams were ending prematurely.

        Scotty Hartnell “He was pulling my hair!”

        Crosby gets beat up by Giroux! Hilarious.

  12. mj1818 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    Highcountrybear don’t for a second think that a team in the east doesn’t have the firepower to beat a team in the west you know that you’re lying to yourself. The pens and bruins can absolutely beat any team in the west.

  13. ironman721 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    Wow. 2 good trades and now Iginla. Wow. Best Easter basket ever. Now please no stupid players say the words “dream team” and we might be ok. 🏆Or bust now. Again… WOW! Let’s go Pens🐧❗

  14. arbruins - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    This will be an even better story once Pittsburgh is out of the playoffs in the second round. I am relieved the Bs didn’t get Iginla, he is not worth the young talent. Good luck Pittsburgh.

    • pens5829 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:30 AM

      You’ll have to make it out of the first round first.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      Yeah most people from Calgary go on and on about how bad he is.

  15. bihler7 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    What I find interesting is reading about how both Morrow and Iginla chose Pittsburgh. This would of never happened last year when Crosby’s health was on the mind of everyone. Now that he is back healthy and the best player in the game again players now want to come to Pittsburgh again to play with him.

  16. jaredo10 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    wow this is b#llshyt. how do they afford all these guys under the cap. no way trading staal cleared that much space. didn’t they resign Malkin too. ?

    • jaredphi - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      I agree with you jared. Somthing stinks here. Pitt cannot be salary cap compliant with the Iggy pickup.

      I plan to run numbers when I get home tonight….provided I can get the data needed to do so.

      • valoisvipers - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:27 PM

        Try cap geek.

  17. kingsforever - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Eliminated in the first round to the Ottawa Senators. goes down in history as greatest upset ever

    • xflyersx - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      Karlsson comes back and scores overtime series clinching goal

  18. bills4 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    New York Yankees of the NHL. This is why no trade clauses do not work.

  19. ajbaxter1975 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    “Uh-oh” -Boston Bruins Fan

  20. steelpenbucs87 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Let’s stall the plans for the victory parade – still got a job to do.

    I think this makes the Pens the odds-on favorites in the East. Excited to see the lines shake out.

  21. myroncopesflask - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Only Ray Shero can make the current 13 game winning streak the Pens are on a minor detail that gets mentioned when talking about his team. Great time to be a Pens fan and it makes for a great storyline for all of the Pens haters if the Pens do not win the cup.

  22. whatthepuck2012 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    I want to comment on the Flames’ fans and how classy they’ve been in the face of losing their captain. Every comment I read from them is along the lines of, “Win the Cup for him, Pittsburgh!”
    We’ll do our best, Calgary.

  23. mclovinhockey - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    This depth reminds me A LOT of the 03 Avs. They had foote, Blake, Slakic, forsberg, hedjuk, Selene, karyria and more.

    Only difference is I don’t think the pens are going to choke like the Avs did.

  24. jb8383 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Ok so we all know this team can score goals,now it’s just a matter of not letting them in their own net. They better win it this year there’s no way they can re-sign all these people next year.

  25. spochiefsfan - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    I was thinking the same thing in reference to the ’03 Avs. Can’t hurt to be a Pens fan right now, woot!

  26. modellforprez - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    very special shout out to the people of calgary. i know your team was put together the past few years to get your city a cup and for whatever reason it just didnt work and for that i hope the misfortune turns because calgary is a special place with special people and here is to them.

  27. earpaniac - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Wow! Nice pickup Pens! The only problem I can see is pressure. It’s gonna be on them like a 100 ton weight. If they can deal with that, I’m not sure any team can beat them. That includes my beloved ‘Hawks, I’m sad to say.

  28. fortwaynekomets - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:36 PM



    • whatthepuck2012 - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      There’s this thing called a “salary cap”. We’re $4M under it. We haven’t bought anything your team couldn’t have. Try again.

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