Penguins acquire veteran winger Iginla from Calgary

The Penguins stunned the hockey world this morning by acquiring veteran winger Jarome Iginla from Calgary.

He was the biggest name among "rental players" available before the April 3 trade deadline, and had been widely expected to end up in Boston.

The Penguins gave the Flames their first-round draft choice in 2013, along with two prospects, Kenneth Agostino of Yale and Ben Hanowski of St. Cloud State.

General manager Ray Shero said that he does not know when Iginla will join the Penguins, that immigration issues will determine that. He added that there was no discussion of precisely where Iginla will be used, and that that will be left to coach Dan Bylsma.

"He not once asked, 'Where will I play?' or who he would play with," Shero said.

Iginla is the third pickup of the week for the Penguins, who previously added forward Brenden Morrow and defenseman Douglas Murray.

Those moves solidified their place as a leading Stanley Cup contender.

"What are you supposed to say, that we're not all in?" Shero said. "Yeah, we're all in. We want to win."

Iginla, 35, had nine goals and 13 assists in 31 games with the Flames this season.

He is the fifth-leading scorer among active NHL players, with 525 goals and and 570 assists in 1,219 games.

Iginla, who is 6 feet 1, 210 pounds, played on a line with Sidney Crosby when Team Canada won a gold medal at the 2010 Olympics and was a linemate for Penguins co-cowner Mario Lemieux during the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

He won the NHL scoring championship in 2001-02 and led the league in goal-scoring that season and in 2003-04. He is a seven-time all-star.

Shero said the Penguins have not made a decision about whether to try to re-sign Iginla, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, but noted that "he's 35 years old, not 45."

mobilehome - breaking - penguins

Dave Molinari: and Twitter @MolinariPG. First Published March 28, 2013 5:45 AM


Create a free PG account.
Already have an account?