TAMPA, Fla. -- Jarome Iginla came to Pittsburgh looking for a Stanley Cup.
And, once he started to settle in, something else. A full-service grocery store Downtown.
His prospects for winning a Cup remain to be seen, because much can happen between now and the time some team piles up 16 playoff victories.
That regulation-sized grocery store? Iginla obviously hasn't been with the Penguins long enough to realize that he has a better chance of turning up a unicorn wearing hockey pants in Market Square.
Brenden Morrow, acquired from Dallas a few days before Iginla came over from Calgary, knows the feeling. Sort of.
He's still living in a hotel and is trying to figure out the best place to buy gasoline. That wasn't an issue when he was in Dallas, where he spent the first decade-plus of his pro career.
"Things you don't really think about when you're in a city for 14 years," Morrow said. "Those are the things I'm dealing with now."
Such real-life issues often make newcomers' off-the-ice transition to a new team more challenging than anything they have to adapt to on the ice, although there are significant adjustments to be made there, too.
When the Penguins face Tampa Bay tonight at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Iginla and Morrow -- along with a couple of other recent arrivals, Jussi Jokinen and Douglas Murray -- still will be striving to absorb some of the finer points of coach Dan Bylsma's system, so that they can react to developments without taking a split-second to run through their mental playbook and remember their assignment.
They still are getting used to the nuances of their linemates' games, too. Like learning who can be counted on to turn up in a particular part of the ice in certain situations and how the guys with whom they play tend to throw passes and how they like to receive them.
But, while getting acclimated remains a work in progress, the process has accelerated.
"There still are some things within the system, coverages and stuff, where you go back to your old habits," Morrow said "That's still taking time, but, as soon as it happens, I know the problems, the adjustments."
Morrow had his best showing in seven games with the Penguins in the 5-3 victory Tuesday at Carolina, when he was a physical presence and scored a highlights-caliber goal in the first period, throwing a shot past Hurricanes goalie Justin Peters from near the left hash.
Morrow hadn't exactly predicted that goal after the game-day skate, but made it clear he was expecting himself to start contributing more offensively.
"I don't know if I've ever been looked at as a skilled player, but I've always been able to score some goals, chip in that way," he said. "I haven't done that yet, so I would think that, at some point, those will start going in for me."
While the Penguins added Morrow because of solid, blue-collar game, Iginla's offense was a major factor in their decision to trade for him. His numbers -- one goal, one assist and 13 shots in five games -- have been fairly ordinary, but they reflect how he is trying to mesh with new linemates and make his style conform to that of the Penguins.
He noted that linemates Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz, as well as assistant coach Tony Granato, have been encouraging him to put the puck on goal more often.
"I don't think I'm shooting quite enough," Iginla said. "That's part of what helps to makes me successful. You try to find your game within [the team framework]."
Iginla, like Morrow, had a strong showing against the Hurricanes, calling it "one of the most comfortable games I've had yet, where you just feel like it's more normal on the ice."
That bodes well for the Penguins, who have eight more chances to get their game fully in sync before the playoffs begin.
Perhaps by then, it won't be quite so jarring to see Iginla and Morrow, who wore the colors of the Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars for so long, in Penguins sweaters.
Far more important, however, is that neither has any misgivings about pulling it on.
Morrow, who said he has "zero" regrets about waiving his no-trade clause to join the Penguins, volunteered, though, that "seeing a picture of [him wearing it] is more strange than when you put it on."
That's all part of the transition to their new team.
Part of a move they hope will culminate in a Stanley Cup parade.
And perhaps even a trip to the grocery story.
Dave Molinari: Dmolinari@Post-Gazette.com and Twitter @MolinariPG. First Published April 11, 2013 4:00 AM