On a day when the hockey world was still reacting to the Penguins' stunning acquisition of star right winger Jarome Iginla, Penguins general manager Ray Shero and coach Dan Bylsma talked today about how the former Calgary captain will fit in.
Bylsma said during a news conference today that while there are options for how Iginla will be used, he doesn't for now see breaking up what he called "the best line" in hockey.
That would be Sidney Crosby centering wingers Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis. Crosby leads the NHL with 54 points, Kunitz is third with 42 and Dupuis has 15 goals, 34 points.
Crosby and Iginla played together for Canada at the 2010 Olympics, and Iginla set up Crosby's goal-medal winning goal in overtime against the United States.
It was the Penguins' third trade since Sunday. None involved losing a player from their active NHL roster.
Shero noted that, "We do have a month to come together as a team" before the playoffs."
It seemed as of late Wednesday night that Iginla was going to be traded to Boston. Several media outlets reported as much.
When Shero swooped in and completed a deal to get Iginla for two college prospects and a 2013 first-round pick in the NHL draft, he did not immediately call anyone from the club.
"The first people I called was my kids to tell them we got Jarome Iginla," Shero said. "They said, 'No, you didn't. We saw it on TV that he was going somewhere else."
Shero credited the long-time "commitment of ownership" for being able to make the right moves and build what is widely considered a strong Stanley Cup contender. He also noted that the players he traded for -- the others this week are winger Brenden Morrow and defenseman Douglas Murray -- chose to come to the Penguins.
Iginla had a no-movement clause in his contract and, in the end, chose the Penguins over Boston.
Iginla needs to complete an immigration process, which could take a few days, Shero said, so he will not be in the lineup tonight when the Penguins play Winnipeg at Consol Energy Center.
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who went through concussion testing after being forced out of Tuesday's game against Montreal, participated in the game-day skate and could serve as Tomas Vokoun's backup. Injured center Evgeni Malkin has been practicing but took another step by skating with his regular linemates and on the top power-play unit at the skate. He will be a game-time decision, Bylsma said.mobilehome - breaking - penguins
Shelly Anderson: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1721 or Twitter @pgshelly First Published March 28, 2013 4:45 AM