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