As if the Pittsburgh Penguins current 13-game winning streak was not enough, the NHL‘s most victorious team got even better on Wednesday Night. The Calgary Flames placed Jarome Iginla on the trade block and were uncertain what to expect, but they got a buyer in the Penguins.
Iginla is the fifth leading scorer amongst active NHL players and has been in the league for 16 years. The Penguins are hoping the ex-Flame can give this already potent team an added boost in 2013. This was not the only move that the Penguins made this trade deadline as they also made deals to acquire Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray earlier in the week–these moves are important to the team’s depth in a shortened-season.
The Penguins surrendered two college prospects and a first round pick in the 2013 NHL draft for the services of Iginla.
In the last few seasons with Calgary, Iginla has been forced to do a lot with the puck as that team simply lacks talent around him, however Iginla does have experience on NHL’s biggest stage. The Flames were in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004 but they were derailed and have not been to the playoffs since 2009.
Given the franchise’s winning ways, the Penguins look poised to haul in the Stanley Cup Trophy this year but this move seems is a big risk considering Iginla is an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 season. Not to mention, Iginla is 35-years-old and he becomes even more fragile in a season that is compacted by a shortened schedule.
On the surface, this move gives the Penguins another reliable goal-scorer but the risk still remains that this move affects the chemistry on a club that is already taking the NHL by storm each and every night. Literally.