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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Iginla Headed to Pittsburgh

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Iginla Headed to Pittsburgh

WOW.

What else is there to say about the week the Pittsburgh Penguins are having? After added Brendan Morrow and Doug Murray over the weekend and extending their win streak to 13 games on Tuesday night, GM Ray Shero was back at it into the wee hours this morning finalizing a deal with the Calgary Flames for future Hall-of-Famer Jarome Iginla.

Not a bad five day stretch huh?

After all the speculation, bold predictions and a post game press conference from Boston coach Claude Jullian, that following a loss to the Canadiens, more than hinted that something big may be coming down the line. It was Pittsburgh, not Boston that had won the trade deadline's most coveted prize.

In the end it was actually Iginla who had final say. After telling the team over the weekend that he would accept a trade to one of four teams (Boston, Pittsburgh, LA, Chicago) he ultimately wanted to play with Sidney Crosby. It is being reported in Boston this morning that the offer made by the Bruins was actually more to the Flames' liking than the Pittsburgh offer. Whether that is just sour grapes or hear say, we will never know. Ultimately, you can't blame a guy for wanting to play with the best player in the world...I guess.

The Penguins will send college prospects Ben Hanowski, Kenny Agostino and a 2013 first-round pick to Calgary in exchange for Mr. Iginla's services. A steep price to play when you consider that Iginla has just this season remaining on his contract and will be free to go where ever he wants in three months -- including back to Calgary. Of course, winning a Stanley Cup can go a long way in persuading someone to stay.

And stay he just might. There are other rumors out there this morning that teams where requesting to speak with Iginla regarding a contract extension before pulling the triggor on a deal. Whether those are just talks or actually took place, I just don't know but I for one would be a little shy about giving up such major pieces for a rental player unless I knew there was a strong possibility of retaining him.

Rental player or not, you have got to give Pittsburgh GM credit for going all in this season. The acquisitions of Morrow, Murray and now Iginla are a message to the league that a Stanley Cup run is likely going through the Penguins.

And hey, now that he has traded most of his picks for 2013 perhaps he will be able to sit back, relax and take a day off next June. If Iginla means a Cup, all the power to him.

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