AVALANCHE, RANGERS, CANUCKS TO CHASE IGINLA? Jarome Iginla was the first to admit that he wasn’t very good against the Boston Bruins. “I wasn’t very good in this series,” Iginla said. “These close games you want to find a way to contribute on that extra goal and stuff. It stinks not moving on. We had a good team with a good shot.” After posting 12 points in 11 games through the first two rounds of the playoffs, Iginla was a total non-factor against the Bruins, winning few puck battles and unable to finish around the net. That said, Iginla was also badly misused by the coaching staff in the third round and at different points since becoming a Penguin. Iginla had viewed Pittsburgh as a potential long-term fit, sources said in April, and Penguin management has believed Iginla has two to three more productive years in him as a top-6Read More »
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS PLAYOFF ANALYSIS SPECIAL TEAMS ROUND 3, GAME 1 By Dave Fryer, Contributor to InsidePittsburghSports.com It was a night full of paradoxes for the Penguins, who were blanked, 3-0, by the Boston Bruins in Game 1. Sure, an eight-day layoff could take the blame, but at the same time, the team actually got off to a good start and conversely faded from there. The Penguins also looked lost in its own zone several times, but yet they looked very strong on their penalty kill. Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz had unusually subpar performances, while an energized Evgeni Malkin matched his team-high five shots with five minutes in the box for fighting. The goal posts did not do Pittsburgh any favors, but the team also missed the net seven times in the first period and 12 times in the game. Fortunately for Pittsburgh, most of those negatives are rare, andRead More »
GAME 5 BUZZ (1) Tonight we learn a lot about this Penguins team. “We’re preparing for best of three,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. Over in the West, what you see from a top Cup contender in the Chicago Blackhawks, No. 1 seed, is that they have a killer instinct and know how to put away an inferior team. Leading 2-1 in the series, they didn’t give the Minnesota Wild any breathing room in Game 4, and took command of their series with a 3-0 shutout win in Game 4 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 series lead. By contrast the Penguins are regressing in this series after a dominating Game 1 performance. “This can be great for us,” winger Jarome Iginla said of the Penguins dealing with the adversity of this series. (2) Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma is taking a lot of heat for the lack ofRead More »
LATEST PENGUINS BUZZ One reason to expect the Penguins to do what they can to resign Jarome Iginla this summer and make him one of their top priorities is the organization strongly feels Iginla can be pegged into a first or second line role with Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby for the next two-three years and remain an impact top-6 forward into his late 30’s, sources say. Iginla might be regarded in league circles as a so called “fading superstar” but there’s one thing that isn’t fading and that’s Iginla’s booming shot.
GAME DAY BUZZ The trade deadline is one day away and things are starting to heat up around the league. All eyes are now on Jaromir Jagr who will be traded before Wednesday’s 3:00 p.m. deadline. Will the Boston Bruins finally close an impact deal? They are the clear front runners for Jagr but there is a lot of interest in the future Hall of Famer. Detroit, Philadelphia, and Montreal are among the teams with their eye on Jagr. Another notable name to keep an eye on is New York Islanders Mark Streit who the Islanders are undecided about moving but will do so for a big return. The Minnesota Wild and Philadelphia Flyers have emerged as the front runners for Ryane Clowe. Word in league circles is Philadelphia could be trying to make a bigger deal and also lure Dan Boyle away from San Jose. The Rangers and CanucksRead More »
Jarome Iginla hasn’t been a Penguin for over a week and it’s still unclear how things will go for him as a Pittsburgh Penguin, but talk of the Penguins having no chance of resigning Iginla is said to be off-base at this point, according to those with close ties to Iginla. Just minutes after the Iginla trade was announced Thursday morning, TSN’s panelists of NHL Insiders including Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Craig Button broke down the trade. McKenzie who is the best in the business saw the trade as a pure rental from Pittsburgh’s standpoint. “This is a pure rental for the Pittsburgh Penguins,” TSN’s Bob McKenzie said. “We don’t believe there is any chance what so ever that Pittsburgh Penguins are in a position where they can possibly sign Jarome Iginla moving forward.” That could very well become true but as info is starting to get leaked daysRead More »
FALLOUT OF THE JAROME IGINLA TRADE The Penguins acquisition of Jarome Iginla in the early morning hours makes this season coming down to reaching the Stanley Cup Finals or end up being a bust for the Pittsburgh Penguins. That’s the message being made by management for a hockey club that has been plagued by three straight early playoff exits. The first question on a lot of minds is where does Jarome Iginla fit on the top-3 lines? That’s something Iginla and GM Ray Shero didn’t even discuss when Iginla accepted to waive his no trade clause but head coach Dan Bylsma has to be licking his chops this morning. When breaking down the top-9, the lineup consists of centers Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Brandon Sutter, and wingers Chris Kunitz, James Neal, Jarome Iginla, Pascal Dupuis, Matt Cooke and Brenden Morrow. Although Bylsma (prior to the Iginla trade) has spoken aboutRead More »
The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Ben Hanowski, Kenny Agostino and a 2013 first-round draft pick, both teams announced just after 1:00 a.m. The long-time Calgary captain has appeared in 31 games this season, tallying nine goals, 13 assists and 22 points. The move is a stunner as all signs pointed to Iginla heading to Boston in the past couple hours but Iginla is said to have squashed a deal to the Bruins, choosing the Penguins who emerge as the favorites to win the Stanley Cup. “He brings a lot of different elements, ability to play with good players, play in tough areas, good leadership,” Penguins GM Ray Shero said via Penguins website. “He wants to win. From the people I’ve talked to that have played with him talk about what a great teammate and person he is. My expectation isRead More »
Jarome Iginla is a healthy scratch tonight and all indications are Iginla is on the verge of becoming a Boston Bruin in the next 24 hours. According to reports from TSN, and other outlets, the potential deal in place is rumored to be Iginla to the Bruins in exchange for a first round pick, center Alexander Khokhlachev and defenseman Matt Bartkowski. It’s not clear if an extension is being demanded from the Bruins, something the Penguins were interested in, sources say. The rumored return for Iginla is not a significant one. The first round pick will in all likelihood be a late first rounder, Matt Bartkowski’s ceiling at best is a No. 3 pairing defenseman, and Khokhlachev is a smallish center at 5-foot-10, but could develop into a top-9 forward in the NHL. No big time premium prospect here in Bartkowski or Khokhlacvev. As of 8:00 p.m., the Penguins hadRead More »
TRADE DEADLINE BUZZ Via Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune, 14 teams have scouts in the building for tonight’s Blackhawks – Flames game, and the Penguins are one of the 14 teams scheduled to scout tonight’s game. When it comes to the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes, the other notable team in the building is the Los Angeles Kings who like the Penguins are one of four teams on Iginla’s trade list.