When the Penguins completed a trade to acquire forward Jarome Iginla, the hype surrounding the high-profile addition effectively canceled out any talk of the two players shipped to the Calgary Flames.
As fate, and the NCAA tournament bracket, would have it, both of those unsigned college players found their way to Pittsburgh anyway.
Kenny Agostino of Yale and Ben Hanowski of St. Cloud State have made it to Consol Energy Center, even though neither likely will ever suit up for the Penguins.
The trade happened in the late hours of the night and Agostino was with his team in Grand Rapids, Mich., preparing for its NCAA tournament first-round matchup against top-seeded Minnesota. He woke up to numerous text messages and missed calls, as well as Facebook and Twitter notifications.
"I knew something had to have happened, I didn't know what," Agostino, a fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft, said. "I got a little nervous.
"It's a weird feeling the first time it happens. It sets in and you get a taste for the business side of the game."
Hanowski, a third-round pick by the Penguins in the 2009 draft, also was asleep when the news broke, but his coach, Bob Motzko, was awake to hear about it.
When practice began the next morning, Motzko blew the whistle and his team, all of whom were cognizant of what occurred the previous night, gathered around him.
"I just wanted to break the tension and said, 'Did anyone else get traded last night?' And the first guy laughing was Ben," Motzko said. "He took it in great stride.
"Then all the guys were tapping him on the shoulder and I said, 'There's a lot of people that want you and we're sure glad you're with us.' "
Much like Agostino, Hanowski has been taking the trade in stride, with teammate Drew LeBlanc even joking with him that he was jealous, since he wishes he could have been traded for a player of Iginla's stature.
"It definitely has been a unique two weeks," Hanowski said. "I don't know how to describe being part of a trade with a future Hall of Famer, but it was kind of weird to see yourself and be a part of that deal.
"It's just kind of a coincidence that the Frozen Four is in Pittsburgh and we were fortunate enough to make it. I don't think it's really sunk in yet."
Bazin top Division I coach
Massachusetts Lowell coach Norm Bazin was named the Spencer Penrose Award winner, which honors the top college hockey coach in Division I.
In his second season at his alma mater, Bazin has not only led the River Hawks to their first Frozen Four appearance, but he also has gone 52-23-3 at a program that won just five games the season before his arrival.
"We're staffed like one of the top-tiered programs in the country," Bazin said. "It's exciting and a tremendous honor."
Ivy League goaltender
Perhaps no player at the Frozen Four has been more important to his team's success than Yale goaltender Jeff Malcolm.
While Malcolm was out with an injury from Feb. 2-22, the Bulldogs lost all five of their games, giving up an average of 3.8 goals per contest.
His return hasn't been the only reason Yale has won seven of its past nine games, but it has played a large role.
"I don't want to blame any of the backup goalies, I don't want to say we weren't confident with them in, but obviously it was a bit of a tough stretch," senior defenseman Colin Dueck said. "He came back and I think that did help our confidence, but we also just started playing our game better again and picked up right where we left off."
Yale's success in goal can also be attributed to its coach, Keith Allain, who played for the Bulldogs from 1976-80 and ranks fourth at the school with 2,337 career saves.
Allain was also a goalie coach in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues from 1998-2006, and was an assistant coach for the United States men's team in the 1992 and 2006 Winter Olympics.
Craig Meyer: email@example.com and Twitter @craig_a_meyer. Staff writer Sam Werner contributed to this report.