March 28, 2013 12:15 PM by Smash
ESPN – Jarome Iginla spent 16 years chasing a Stanley Cup in Calgary. The Penguins think he’ll need only three months playing alongside the likes of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkinto grab one in Pittsburgh.
The league’s hottest team continued its aggressive dealing late Wednesday night, acquiring the six-time All-Star forward from the Flames in exchange for prospects and a first-round draft pick.
The Penguins sent the Flames the rights to college players Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski as well as their first pick in the 2013 draft for Iginla, the league’s fifth-leading active scorer.
Iginla, 35, waived his no-trade clause for the opportunity to join the Penguins. It wasn’t exactly a tough sell for Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero.
“He wants to win,” Shero said. “My expectation is that he’ll be a really good fit in terms of the team and the guys that we have.”
TSN reported earlier Wednesday night that Calgary and the Boston Bruins had agreed to a deal for Iginla.
Wasn’t that a fun night? Holy hell talk about a clusterfuck. After a bunch of legitimate sources said the Iginla to Boston deal was done, they got turned on their head.
So it turns out Jerome Iginla wanted to join the now super stacked, powerhouse Pittsburgh Penguins. Both teams essentially had everything ready to go and just needed a signature. It sounds like it was a bit like signing day for high school athletes..just short of a table of several hats.
Can’t say I blame him here. Wouldn’t be surprised if his numbers jump significantly after dressing for the Penguins. He currently on has 9 goals and 13 assists. Get some playmakers around him and we should see the Iginla of old. Like just about everyone outside of Pittsburgh, I despise this team. However, they have a ton of talent which can’t be denied, and there’s a very good chance they’re bringing the Cup back to the Steel City.