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PensLog: Iginla Watch is on (officially), and the #TribHKY Power Poll.

Greetings from Toronto, dear readers.

Some quick hits before the unveiling of the #TribHKY Power Poll:

= Vicky Hall of the Calgary Herald with this report that ties into the #IginlaWatch: http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/hockey/calgary-flames/National+Hockey+League+scouts+flock+Calgary/8081852/story.html

As you’ve read here before, the Penguins are intrigued by what Flames RW Jarome Iginla would bring to the team, but they are hardly of the opinion that a significant piece (read: D Simon Despres) should be shipped to the Flames for a rental player.

Here is what the Penguins like about Iginla:

  • He has played with C Sidney Crosby before (2010 Olympics), and if part of the top line, the Penguins could then bolster their third line by moving RW Pascal Dupuis to play with C Brandon Sutter and LW Matt Cooke. This is no knock on Dupuis. However, the Penguins do believe a third line of Cooke-Sutter-Dupuis could be the difference for them in any seven-game series.
  • Iginla is a veteran, a famously respected/popular veteran, and without a Stanley Cup ring. There is a sentiment that that type of fit would be good for a dressing room that is comprised of 12 players that were part of the 2009 Cup club. So, for those of you that have called Iginla the 2012 version of former RW Bill Guerin, you probably would not be wrong.

Know this about Iginla: The Penguins will have to beat out the Boston Bruins, their opponent tonight, to bring him in. The Bruins, a strong contender in the East, believe Iginla can carry them back to the Final.

Know this, ALSO, about Iginla: There is a better chance he stays with the Flames than leaves. It will be his call, and these types of breakups do not usually happen. For every Raymond Bourque, there are a handful of players that choose to stay where they are rooted, and Iginla, the Flames’ captain, is firmly rooted in Calgary.

Look at it this way: What if, in 12 years, the Penguins were struggling. Do you think Crosby would be itching to leave just to chase a Cup?

= If the Penguins really want a RW, and are looking for a veteran that could bring something, dare we suggest another #Watch with this guy? http://stars.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8448208

Kidding, really, there is no chance. None.

But, how sweet of a bookend would that be if he was handed the Cup after Crosby raised it for a second time?

Seriously, though… NO CHANCE.

= For what it’s worth, all indications are the Penguins are looking to add another defensive-minded defenseman and some bottom-six depth, each of which that can bolster the ailing penalty kill. They are interested in Iginla, but that might be the only route they will take to add a top-six winger.

= Finally, with three weeks before the deadline (April 3), consider this: There is no indication that clubs other than Florida consider themselves sellers at this point. Testing the market now will prove costly to any GM.

OK, the bi-weekly Power Poll.  Enjoy, discuss, disagree.

1 – Blackhawks

2 – Ducks

3 – Bruins

4 – Penguins

5 – Canadiens

6 – Maple Leafs

7 – Senators

8 – Kings

9 – Rangers

10 – Red Wings

11 – Devils

12 – Hurricanes

13 – Wild

14 – Canucks

15 – Blues

16 – Sharks

17 – Coyotes

18 – Jets

19 – Predators

20 – Rangers

21 – Avalanche

22 – Blue Jackets

23 – Islanders

24 – Flyers

25 – Flames

26 – Oilers

27 – Lightning

28 – Capitals

29 – Sabres

30 – Panthers

 

Cheers,

Rossi

Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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