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Video: Where should Iginla line up for the Penguins?

Mar 28, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

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Sure, it’s a nice problem to have, but the Pittsburgh Penguins must soon decide where to place Jarome Iginla in their red-hot lineup.

Do you re-live that magical “golden goal” from the 2010 Olympics and pair him with Sidney Crosby? Would it instead be better to outfit Evgeni Malkin with an enviable one-two punch of snipers by placing Iginla alongside James Neal?

It’s true that teams fiddle with line combos all the time, but it remains to be seen which combination fits most often. EJ Hradek provides an interesting take on that question in this video:

The NHL.com’s staff seems divided on that issue overall, while the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Josh Yohe casts his vote for putting Iginla on the “second” line:

This should be interesting.

  1. Stiller43 - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    I like those lines….actually, i love those lines. I hope thats how its done.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      I REALLY like how just two days ago you completely disagreed with me on these same lines but now you all of the sudden you “LOVE” these lines? Kinda of a “Double Standard” don’t ya say almost? If you want prof just read the article again: Penguins push win streak to 13 games, heres the link: http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/26/penguins-push-win-streak-to-13-games/ …Read my comment again and then read yours. The only difference is the fourth line between mine and what Yohe posted. I wonder if youd do the same thing if Yohe were to post similar defensive lines just like mine.

      • billmiller3 - Mar 29, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        Obviously you know nothing about Pittsburgh fans. It’s the easiest place on earth for athletes to be popular. The formula is simple: Give it your all on the ice/field and don’t act like a jerk. Iginla will be immensely popular in Pittsburgh just like Georges Laraque was. This isn’t Philadelphia where the fans will turn on you in an instant. If Pittsburgh is racist, how do you explain our heroes like Clemente, Stargell, Mean Joe, Mel Blount, James Harrison and Dermonti Dawson? The list goes on.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:43 AM

      How will Pittsburgh treat an African American hockey player will they tweet about him like they do Wayne Simmons you horrible deplorable racist pigs ! The things Pens fans have tweeted about Simmons how could Iginla even consider that red neck city !

      • theageofquarrel - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:11 AM

        Now you are trying too hard.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:20 AM

        It wasn’t hard at all its the truth !

      • theageofquarrel - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:14 AM

        At least try to spell his name right stupid.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:22 AM

        Figures you would not address the truth and would weazel out on a misspelling !

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:25 AM

        True to the coward that you are address grammar and misspellings and not the real problem !

      • upyoursnfu - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:48 AM

        Funny….HE chose Pittsburgh. Didn’t even consider Filthadelphia…..cry on little man, cry on.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:55 AM

        I guess he figured putting up with racism was worth a run at the cup ?

      • upyoursnfu - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:20 AM

        Keep crying little boy. Your obsession with Pittsburgh is sick. Cry on

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:25 AM

        Well so far no YINZERS have been able to defend themselves against my alleged facts !

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        Eiggles – there are people in jail for murder in Philly – that makes you a murderer. There is a mob in Philly – that makes you a mobster. There are rapists in jail in Philly – that makes you a rapist.

        If you agree with this, fine, you have the right to your opinion regarding the ridiculous tweets from the idiots that should have kept moving Eastward before settling.

      • train501 - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        Iginla is CANADIAN…. what’s the African American crap about???????????????

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        Oh Iam so sorry I apologize whole heartedly to you and the whole world I will never make that mistake again are you ok you are not traumatized over the slip if so I can write you a check for therpy once again I can’t apologize enough please forgive me !

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:19 AM

      You know what line he should be in ,,the line at the airport for the first flight out of town ! If PHT had the balls they should have an article pertaining to this ! How horribly Wayne Simmons is treated by the racist red neck city of Pittsburgh ! Piere “Iam for hire” McGuire should grow a set and instead of going on a rant about embellishment go on a rant about the things he hears from the consol crowd directed at Wayne Simmons ! Now I imagine there will be a racist pig from the doucheapocolypse that will log on and off 50 times to give this a thumbs down but who cares the truth stings !

      • danaking - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        Pens fan get on Simmonds not because he’s black, but because he’s a Flyer. And pretty much of a tool, which is a trait that knows no racial boundaries.

        Trivia question: What do the Flyers and the Titanic have in common?
        They’re both at the bottom of the Atlantic. (based on the last time i looked, both are embedded in the muck and not going anywhere anytime soon.)

      • fbothharbaughs - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        “alleged” facts are not, facts, dummy.

        I believe the real issue here is how’s your sad-sack of a team doing?

  2. jobotjones - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    I would put him on the top line with 87 and 14 with dupuis on the third line with sutter and morrow

    • steelhammer92 - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      Why? That line is practically unstoppable as it is now. You can’t overlook the chemistry these guys have with each other. These guys spent the off-season working out with each other and it shows. They have been hot since the season started. Sure, Iginla and Crosby played well together in the Olympics. But that was only a few weeks. This is a line that has been together for several years now (whenever Sid has been healthy). Sid is healthy now and playing the best hockey of his career. They have perfect chemistry. Putting Iginla on the second line with Malkin and Neal makes more sense IMO. While Malkin and Neal have great chemistry together, they have yet to find a linemate who consistently plays well with those them. Iginla should be that guy. His combination of physical play and skill level is the perfect compliment to the play-maker in Malkin, and sniper in Neal.

  3. myroncopesflask - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    My Ideal line combos..
    Dupuis-Crosby-Kunitz
    Iginla-Malkin-Neal
    Morrow-Sutter-Cooke
    Bennett-Jeffrey-Kennedy

    Power Play
    Iginla-Crosby-Neal
    Malkin and Letang on the points.. Actually Martin is not to bad either but when Letang is healthy he cannot sit.

    Penalty Kill (has a chance to be insane)
    Dupuis-Cooke-Martin-Murray

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:09 AM

      Adams probably won’t be moved off the top PK. He’s one of the Pens best PK’rs. I would even say it’s his primary role on the team. Nor will Orpik, because well, he’s Brooks Orpik and there’s just no reason to move him off the top PK unit.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:39 AM

      I’m curious if anyone knows the last time a team could send out a power play combo with three 50-goal scorers? Oilers in the ’80s maybe?

  4. uscthom78 - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    igninla-sutter-cooke.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:25 AM

      Initially I was in total support of moving Dupuis, and then he just goes and scores 2 goals tonight and shuts me up. GAH! Dang you Pascal! After watching that line work tonight there’s just no way they can break them up. At least not right now. The power of Sidney Crosby: Forces you to be incapable of bringing yourself to put Jarome Iginla onto his line because him and his 2 undrafted wingers just look too damn good together.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:27 AM

        I’m not sure why this listed as a reply. It was supposed to be it’s own comment on the article.

  5. Stiller43 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    To be fair, i said i thought you were wrong, not that i didnt like them. And not thinking of the number change at that point, i thought you were saying glass would be on the 3rd line (insane).

    Also, kennedy wont be traded and i believe despres WILL be in the lineup asap.

  6. blomfeld - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    BETTER QUESTION … IS PENGUIN MANAGEMENT IN NEED OF A BRAIN SCAN ?

    With all due respect to fans of the “flightless birds” and notwithstanding the “greatness” which is Jarome Iginla, one does have to wonder about what “exactly” is going on here eh? I mean seriously, why would some team like the Pittsburgh Penguins which is seemingly “swimming” with prowess & bravado these days, now have this need to go out on such an unorthodox tangent? The intelligent commenter known as “Highcountrybear” mentioned in some article yesterday, that something “stinks” about this entire business? … and I tend to agree with him. I don’t like to say it friends, but I do suspect that Penguin’s management isn’t giving the full picture here? :)

    • phil5111 - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      Exactly WTF are you talking about?

  7. valoisvipers - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Dupuis Sid Kunitz
    Neal Geno Morrow
    Iggy Sutter Cooke
    Kennedy Vitale Jeffery
    I would think the Pens will change Dupuis with Iggy to see how that goes. I thought Morrow worked well with Geno and Neal, he really caused a lot of havoc in front of the net and lifted the d-man stick to let the puck go to Geno on his goal.

  8. chanceoffleury1 - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    This listed as a reply above and I don’t know why so I reposted it:

    Initially I was in total support of moving Dupuis, and then he just goes and scores 2 goals tonight and shuts me up. GAH! Dang you Pascal! After watching that line work tonight there’s just no way they can break them up. At least not right now. The power of Sidney Crosby: Forces you to be incapable of bringing yourself to put Jarome Iginla onto his line because him and his 2 undrafted wingers just look too damn good together.

  9. arbruins - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    Put him in the popcorn line…honestly, who cares.

  10. pugsley927 - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    Put him in the closet with Cindy

    • handsofsweed - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      It’s “Cincy,” not “Cindy.” And Cincinnati doesn’t have an NHL team. I think you’re on the wrong site. Try http://www.echl.com, dummy.

  11. buffalomafia - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    Barring injury the Penguins are a shoe in?

  12. bobhpine - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    Maybe we will hope he has a head injury that puts him into a coma…oh wait, that’s what you sophisticates in Philly do re: Crosby.

    Take a look at the steelers, and pirates…there are a few African Americans on those teams. Seems to be working out ok.

    Nice try though.

    Hey good showing against the islanders last night.

    • theageofquarrel - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:06 AM

      They are really grasping at straws. It just shows how pathetic they really.

  13. letsgopens8771 - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    I agree with the lines so far, except all you guys leave TGlass out of the lineup… I know he hasn’t scored any goals, but you need him to kill penalties. Although Vitale has been good this year, I would make my 4th line Glass-Adams-TK.

  14. neilbarne - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    I like the option of having 3 lines that would be ridiculous to stop. How about:

    Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis

    Cooke (or Bennett or Morrow) – Malkin – Neal

    Morrow (or Cooke) – Sutter – Iginla

    4th line TBD…

    Who do you put your top D pair against? That proposed 3rd line would be the top line on a lot of teams and leaves the top two lines which have been humming real well together relatively untouched…

  15. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    I’m still shocked that we’re talking about Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis line staying together. It’s going to take more than one line scoring well to win the cup. Kunitz does great with Malkin and Neal, and very few other people do. Move him down and let Crosby play with Iginla, at least before the playoffs start to see if it works (and what I mean is BOTH the Crosby line AND the Malkin line scoring well). Move Morrow to line 3. If it doesn’t work, try variations…but the thought that we’ll bring in Iginla and not even try him on Crosby’s line is cccccrrrrraaaaazy.

  16. nananatman - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Could we get the idiot sports writers in Pittsburgh to stop saying he wants “his first crack at a cup.” He has already been to game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.

  17. ruthlessburgher - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    I know the Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis line has been awesome this year, but other potential line combinations have been pretty awesome in the own right, so the top line is not untouchable.

    Iginla scored the most goals for Canada in the Olympics with Crosby as his center, and of course, Jarome had an assist on Sid’s Golden Goal. Reunite them.

    Last year, with Kunitz on their line, Malkin scored 50 goals and Neal scored 40 goals. Reunite them.

    For the third line, I’d use 3 guys with similar combination of skill/grit/character but at different stages of their career…the experienced vet in Morrow, the guy entering his prime in Sutter, and the rookie Bennett.

    For the fourth line, you’d have a true sandpaper line that no one would like to play against with Cooke joining Adams and Glass.

    For depth purposes, you’d have Kennedy, Jeffrey, and Vitale to fill in whereever needed.

    Iginla-Crosby-Dupuis
    Kunitz-Malkin-Neal
    Morrow-Sutter-Bennett
    Cooke-Adams-Glass

  18. drone501 - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    think this eiggle dude needs a life. bout as bad as the flyers need a goalie. AGAIN.

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