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Q&A with Ray Shero on Iginla Trade

From the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sam Kasan:

Twitter seemed convinced that the Boston Bruins had landed Iginla. Were you following any of that or know about other teams vying for him?
I saw some of that. I never asked Calgary who was involved. I had no idea. It was just what I read or saw. It didn’t really matter what other teams are doing. You have to do what’s best for yourself and be prepared to pay what you’re willing to pay, not more or less. You try to do a fair deal with everybody.

Did you speak with Jarome to persuade him to waive his no-trade clause as you had with Brenden Morrow? If so, what did you say to convince him to join the Penguins and what else did you discuss?
I just talked to him after the fact. That was it. He agreed to waive and come to Pittsburgh. The trade conference call was done with the league. Everything was final. That was it. I talked to him a while ago after it. He said he was excited to come to Pittsburgh. He said he would help anyway he could, didn’t care about role or who he was playing with. He wants to help the team win and be a part of it. It was a big change after 16 years in Calgary so I’m sure it will be quite emotional. We have a month sort through the emotions, find some roles for guys, players accepting of those and playing good hockey. The team on paper doesn’t mean too much. We have to do it on the ice. Chemistry for a hockey team is very important.

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How the Pens Got Their Man

From the Pittsburgh Penguins Sam Kasan:

The two sides negotiated as Wednesday morning receded into evening. In the late, late hours, the Penguins and Flames had the framework for agreement. The Penguins would get Iginla in exchange for a 2013 first-round pick and prospects Ben Hanowski and Kenny Agostino. But the deal wasn’t finalized.

“The first-round pick was very important for them,” Shero said. “We were prepared to do that for Jarome Iginla. We worked on a number different scenarios player-wise. Ended up with two good college prospects. That’s the price for Jarome Iginla. That’s what you have to do. That’s what we did.”

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Flames had deals on the table from the Penguins and Bruins – which sparked all the reports that Iginla was headed to Boston. But Iginla had to waive his no-trade clause as a part of any deal and had the power to pick his destination.

He chose Pittsburgh.

“He agreed to waive and come to Pittsburgh,” Shero said. “The trade conference call was done with the league. Everything was final.”

And Iginla was a Penguin.

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Penguins’ Jennifer Bullano a Commanding Presence

From ESPN-W's Elisabeth Meinecke:

"Someone once gave me advice that the minute you feel that you're at a disadvantage because you're a woman, you put yourself at a disadvantage," Bullano said. "I never pursued the opportunity because I thought there was a shortage of females."

Bullano is the gatekeeper to one of the most in-demand locker rooms in the NHL, mediawise, one that boasts two of the league's top players: superstar center Sidney Crosby and current MVP Evgeni Malkin.

Bullano's voice holds respect as she talks about Crosby's attitude toward media demands.

"He talks to the media every day. Every day," Bullano said. "If there is a day where no one needs him, he'll actually say, 'Am I good?' to leave the locker room. He'll actually check with us. That's unprecedented for an athlete of his stature."

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Report:  Kris Letang Breaks Toe, Re-aggravates Lower-Body Injury

Per RDS' Renaud Lavoie:

Translation:  Letang broke a toe and aggravated his previous injury (stick-tap to Nick Cotsonika @cotsonika for the translation)

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San Jose Trades D-man Murray to Penguins for Two 2nd Round Picks


Sharks and Penguins press releases after the jump:

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Is UFA-To-Be Iginla Worth Giving Up The Assets For Penguins?

That's really a common question at every trade deadline every year, for every team, in every pro sport, particularly those that are legitimate championship contenders.

The Penguins rolled the "trade for the impending UFA" dice back at the '08 trade deadline, acquiring Marian Hossa (and "throw-in" Pascal Dupuis) for Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, highly regarded prospect  (at the time) Angelo Esposito and a 1st round draft pick.  Not only didn't Esposito pan out in the NHL, but Hossa helped the Penguins reach the Stanley Cup Finals that year.

As we hit the T-minus 10 day mark before this year's trade deadline, the Penguins appear to have a similar conundrum on their plate:

Do the Penguins expend the resources that it will most likely take to acquire Jarome Iginla?

But more importantly, do the Penguins really NEED Jarome Iginla, and thereby give up those assets, in light of other team needs?

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Penguins Have Seen This Fish Before

Looks familiar, doesn't it?

As another spring is (barely) inching closer by the day, the Penguins are on yet another roll, winners of nine straight.  The Pens' first line of Kunitz/Crosby/Dupuis are playing out of their minds.  Even their defense, which was much maligned not very long ago, is playing much, much better.

And all this recently without Evgeni Malkin.  You know, the reigning MVP.

So yes, the Penguins are playing fantastic hockey.  But it would behoove the Pens if they remembered their play of recent springs and remember the lessons learned.

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Top Ten Evgeni Malkin Plays

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Penguins Hold Annual “Skates and Plates” Charity Gala

And for a little comic relief, after the break check out the "Duper Cam" where Pascal Dupuis commandeers the camera for a while.

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Malkin’s Highlight Goal vs. Lightning

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Originally at Blogspot, then at MVN, TheConfluence has over 1500 articles reporting Penguins news as well as jumping on my soapbox to opine constructive Penguins criticism.

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