Penguins Trade For Jarome Iginla; Blow Up NHL Trade Deadline Day

Jarome Iginla Signed Cup

I’m still trying to process the news I read when I rolled out of bed: Jarome Iginla traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Pensblog. I had written the Penguins off from getting Iginla after trading for Brenden Morrow on Sunday. GM Ray Shero then decided to beef up the defense by adding Douglas Murray. I was content that they had addressed some pressing needs even though the team had won thirteen straight already. Don’t forget that a majority of this winning streak (the last eight games) has taken place without Evgeni Malkin in the line up. He only has two scoring titles, one Hart Trophy & one Conn Smythe on his shelf. Kris Letang, their best defenseman, had been on the shelf for the prior three games before breaking a toe on Tuesday which will again keep him out of the line up. Ray Shero decided to out do himself though and make the April 3rd Trade Deadline column Jeremy & I planned moot. Both big pieces of trade bait this year, Morrow & Iginla, are both with the Penguins now. The Penguins have decided they’re going all in this year before the salary cap shrinks next year because of the new CBA. One would think they’d give up elite prospects to grab the big catch of the trade deadline but they only gave up Kenny Augustino, a 5th round pick playing at Yale, Ben Hanowski, a 3rd round pick who plays for St. Cloud State, and their first round draft pick. Ray Shero wasn’t even generous enough to include a bag of pucks in the deal. I’ve got no idea how Jay Feaster has a job as a GM after giving up a franchise icon for next to nothing. That first round pick better be a home run. Meanwhile, anything less than a Stanley Cup is a bust for the Penguins this year. That’s a lot of weight to carry. I’ll hope this “All In” strategy doesn’t back fire. -Kevin

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