In the past two weeks, the Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Brenden Morrow from the Dallas Stars, Douglas Murray from the San Jose Sharks, and Jerome Iginla from the Calgary Flames. You would think they were done, right? You would, but then you would be wrong.
The Penguins just recently announced this afternoon that they’ve acquired forward Jussi Jokinen from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a conditional sixth or seventh round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Pittsburgh could’ve definitely stopped at Iginla and not been in need of much of anything else to be playoff ready; however, with all of the injuries the Penguins have recently endured general manager Ray Shero may just be merely picking up some insurance. Having a back-up plan is never a bad thing; however, too much of a good thing can sometimes be bad.
This may be the case in terms of altering team chemistry. Granted, each one of these acquisitions are great players individually and can definitely add something to the Penguins roster, but when adding them into the whole mix of a team already on the road to success it may end up having the opposite affect and make the team worse instead of better. Chemistry is a complex thing and the Penguins recent loss to the Buffalo Sabres may be an illustration of that although the team is without its captain, Sidney Crosby, so there are a few other variables that may be coming into play and not just the chemistry. That’s why Shero is the GM and gets paid to make the decisions, so we should all just trust in that.