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Thursday Wakeup Call: Jarome Iginla … oh, for real

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, lunatics …

>> The weekly chat will take place today at noon, as always. There will be a difference, though, as the live chat platform will be moved right here to the blog. It’s the post right above this.

>> And it’s not like we won’t have much to discuss …

>> Wow.

While Pittsburgh slept, Ray Shero most assuredly did not, acquiring Jarome Iginla, nothing less than Calgary’s all-time leading scorer and franchise treasure, at 1:30 a.m. this morning.

One of the biggest trades in Pittsburgh sports history, and how many of us were awake?

There are all kinds of layers to this, obviously.

Let me start with this: The lifelong hockey fan in me is uncomfortable with Iginla wearing another uniform. He had a chance to be a lifer in one city, and I never like seeing that change, especially with someone who carries himself in the manner Iginla does.

That said, as Flames GM Jay Feaster told reporters in the wee hours, he approached Iginla because of his no-trade clause, and Iginla had to clear not only a trade but also a team. He’s never won a Cup, and he evidently feels it’s time to do that.

Obviously, a ton of ground here to cover, so I’ll bullet some random thoughts:

>> Lines are going to have to be determined not only by Dan Bylsma but also by a lot of the athletes involved. I’ll repeat that the locker room is going to need to be cool with all aspects of this, and that especially goes with the first line.

If I had to guess, I’d say Iginla goes with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis. That allows Chris Kunitz to move back alongside Evgeni Malkin and James Neal, like last year.

Brenden Morrow then moves into a complimentary role or as a fill-in on the top six if/when anyone is hurt.

>> Speaking of Morrow, might be worth checking with Elias to see if any NHL team has ever acquired two team captains in the same week.

>> For anyone who doesn’t know who this player is …

>> This team had better win. Everything.

>> Here’s a bunch of randomness from Shero’s middle-of-the-night conference call: “This is something we’ve been talking over the past couple of weeks. I stayed in touch with Jay the last couple of days. I talked with him this afternoon and later tonight. I was just waiting to hear back from him. … Jarome is a guy we looked at even after adding Morrow and Murray. With this increased cap space, we had options. … I just talked to him a little while ago. It’s a big change, obviously. No different than Morrow. A lot of emotion. …  Not any talks for extension. Nor have they brought it up. … The great thing about a guy like Jarome is he wanted to come to Pittsburgh. He said he is accepting of any role. … Dan has over a month to find that chemistry. Names on paper don’t mean much. It will be important to perform on the ice.”

>> Feaster said Iginla will remain in Calgary this morning to address reporters and the public there one last time. That means, of course, he won’t be arriving here today, but it’s absolutely the right thing to do.

>> I’ve interviewed Iginla a handful of times, including two one-on-ones in Calgary a while back. Total class, always smiling, friendly.

>> I’ve asked our beat man Josh Yohe to summarize the prospects the Penguins gave up, and he emailed this back to share with you: “Hard to explain how little the Penguins gave up for Iginla. These are not elite prospects. Not even close.”

Josh also wrote up these capsules:

Kenny Augustino, 5th round pick in 2010: A skilled forward who the Penguins thought might someday have a chance to play in the NHL. Scored 15 goals at Yale last season. Penguins liked him, didn’t love him, and never considered him to be anything resembling an elite prospect.

Ben Hanowski, 3rd round pick in 2009 draft: Numbers regressed noticeably during his senior year at St. Cloud State this season. Most goals he ever scored in a college season was 23. Has 16 this season. Penguins viewed him as a reasonably talented power forward prospect. Big kid at 6-2, 210. But, like D’Augustino, was not considered an adequate prospect, but absolutely not an elite one.

>> Cutting through it all: Neither of these two prospects ranked among the Penguins’ internal top 10. No kidding.

And a first-round Pittsburgh pick will be somewhere between No. 28-30.

Shero basically acquired a Hall of Famer for nothing.

>> Anyone else wonder if Iginla chose the Penguins over the Bruins?

I found it pretty striking in Feaster’s news conference that, when Calgary reporters asked about all the — amazingly definitive — reports that Iginla was Boston-bound, Feaster replied that it had had to be a joint decision.

Worth monitoring.

>> I covered this in Vancouver …

>> The Bruins must now hate Shero more than they ever hated Ulf Samuelsson.

>> Wonderful trade coverage in the Calgary Herald.

>> And in the Calgary Sun.

>> And, oh, yeah: The Penguins go for 14 tonight vs. Winnipeg, and they’ll do so without Kris Letang. I’ll be at Consol for the skate this morning, as well as the game.

Rob Rossi, Josh and I will be bringing you an awful lot more on this in the next 24 hours.

>> Wow.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. Matt T says:


    Who do you feel are the best available candidates for the Pens fourth line? Obviously in need of a good face off guy, perhaps with some PK experience.


    and in the middle of typing that, I find out we acquired Iginla.

    Mind = BLOWN.

  2. Ed says:

    And no sooner than 10 seconds after I typed on the previous thread, here’s the Wakeup Call. You’re fast, Dejan!

    Man, Shero is really going all in here. With due respect to the other top teams in the league, the Pens have to be a heavy favorite to win it all.

  3. Jake says:

    This is so similar to the trades in ’91 for Ron Francis, Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings. Would you agree? #ohmy

  4. Nevres says:

    Malkin, Iginla, Neal with Bennet sent down?

  5. ryan says:

    what do you see the lines being?

  6. Utez7 says:

    Great pickup for far less than what I thought he would go for….now what’s the chances of retaining the three newest penguins past this year?

  7. Clint says:

    You just put up the blog about Iginla not coming here, and then to see Pens made the deal, and kept Bennett, Despres, Harrington, etc…. it was shocking… This team has a glut of talent now that is simply sickening, and they dont even have a healthy Malkin right now

  8. Ryan says:

    Duper get moved to 3rd line with Sutter and Cooke? Or does iginla go with Geno and Neal?

  9. Steve says:

    When does Ray Shero get a statue outside of Consol?

  10. Mike Z says:

    So, top 6 forwards if all are healthy? Break up Sid’s line, or Morrow on 3rd line? Big ripple effect in the lines.

  11. NoHo Yinzer says:

    … didn’t I just read in this paper that there would’ve been locker room problems in moving Dupuis off of the top line? Or would that go away when it’s someone with the rep that Iginla has? Or…?

    That being said… wow.

  12. Shero absolutely fleeced Feaster here.

    Hanowski and Agostino are marginal prospects, and the 1st rounder is a late pick. The asking price for Iginla was that low? Wow…

  13. Justin says:

    Pure, pure, genius. Last time Crosby/Iginla played together, that turned out pretty good for them.

  14. Matty_Ice7 says:

    What do you know about Kenneth Agostino or Ben Hanowski? Sounds like another steal by Shero. I thought for sure if they pulled a trade for Iginla they would have to give up another defense prospect. But I didn’t see him coming here at all after the Morrow trade.

    New lines and solid second power play unit make this a very scary and complete team. Here’s my new lines.


  15. Eeeebs415 says:

    As a life long Bruins fan, I cannot begin to tell you how sick to my stomach I am right now. Ridiculous.

  16. CupOrBust says:

    WOW. Just unreal. Forget best in Pittsburgh, how about best GM in ALL of sports!


  17. Blaze Larson says:

    What does this mean for Dupuis? I assume Iginla plays with Sid, Morrow with Malkin. Dupuis to the 3rd line and Kennedy on the 4th with Bennett back to the AHL?

  18. Jarryd says:

    I think iginla plays with Crosby. Played together in the Olympics should have chemistry there. Morrow plays with malkin and Neal.
    Wow what a night! Reading reports from TSN in Canada that the deal is done for iginla. To go to Boston and then I get an alert from that same sports channel that iginla was a penguin! Done deal. Press conference happening with Feaster to announce it.

  19. Clint says:

    That can be avoided if you play Crosby/Kunitz/Dupuis, Malkin/Neal/Iginla, and Sutter/Morrow/Cooke

  20. Adam says:

    I think with the way the first line is humming, for the time being, the lines gotta be


    Odd man out, Glass or Kennedy if anyone is interested in trading for him for prospects/picks.

    I will go to battle in the playoffs with those combinations ALL DAY SON.

  21. Matt says:

    Am I the only one concerned about the possibility of breaking up the best top line in hockey? Do you stick Iginla on that line with Sid and Kunitz? Second line with Geno and Neal and then move Brenden Morrow to the 3rd line with Sutter and Cooke? And how the hell is Tyler Kennedy still a Penguin?!?!?!

  22. Matt T says:

    Kunitz – Crosby – Iginla
    Morrow – Malkin – Neal
    Kennedy(Bennett) – Sutter – Dupuis
    Cooke – Vitale – Adams

    Martin – Orpik
    Letang – Despres
    Niskanen – Murray
    Rotating Eaton (really like him), Engelland.

    Probably could switch between Dupuis and Morrow. Dupuis bolsters third line, Morrow adds net front, gritty presence to open up space for Malkin and Neal. Those would be mine.

  23. Hanowski is 6th in scoring for St. Cloud State…and he’s +1 on a team that’s +34 in goal differential.

    That should tell you a lot.

  24. Ed fr AZ says:

    Looks like Pirate attendance problems will last into June.

  25. Bill Kaper says:

    So now what does DB do with power play? Good problem to have…

  26. CupOrBust says:

    I like the Kuni on the line with Geno idea. Plus Morrow, Sutter, Cooke is pretty sick for a third line.

  27. Norris C says:

    We’re so blessed as Pens fans haha got the most exciting players and without a doubt the most exciting GM! However, I’m a little worried going into these playoffs about one thing – if it seems too good to be true, it usually is. With this move, the Pens become heavy Cup favorites. Ppl will be saying we’re a lock to win the Cup. That’ll make me sick to my stomach since just about anytime everybody is certain of something, they turn out to be wrong haha my hope for this year’s Pens is that they have the leadership to realize they now have a bull-eye’s on their backs even more so than usual. We are going to get 110% from everybody. I believe this team is hungry enough to match that intensity night after night; certainly can’t wait to watch and find out! LET’S GO PENS!!!

  28. Big Red says:

    Can we clone Mr. Shero and send the clone to the Bucs?

  29. zivkov34 says:

    LOVE The IRONY that Joe Nieuwendyk was traded for Jerome Iginla!!

  30. Chipotle Tex says:

    Is this some sort of weird karmic twist for the Bruins ownership being obstructionists to the lock-out ending?

    Regardless: agree with all of your comments about the locker-room and personnel. If we can get the second line chemistry back, and a third line scoring threat…that’d be bonkers!

  31. jtp2106 says:

    I read your initial post about the Pens not being able to match the Bruins offer, but then I saw the Pens twitter account announcing the trade and I couldn’t believe my eyes. I knew the Pens were still in it for Iginla, but I thought it was a done deal with Boston. I can’t believe the Pens pulled this trade off giving up as little as they did. I guess this is the payoff for the Pens falling short this summer in getting Parise. It would have been a shame if the Pens left the $20 million in cap space they have unused. There’s never a dull trade deadline moment with Ray Shero in charge.

    I really hope Morrow, Iginla, and Murray mesh well with the Pens. It’s tough breaking up the lines they have right now considering how well they’re playing, but you can’t pass up a chance to add that much talent to the lineup when you have a chance to do so. The last couple of weeks have been amazing with the winning streak and now this. Hopefully they follow through and bring home the Cup.

  32. CupOrBust says:

    Great point. The flexibility Disco has now is unreal.

  33. Nevres says:

    I cant see them breaking up the top line in the NHL right now, im thinking he goes in with Malkin and Neal

  34. Brian Ferber says:

    I’ve agreed all along not to break up the top line, but Iginla changes the game. The Pens won a Cup with Dupuis on the third line. He can play that role alongside Sutter and Cooke better than anyone. They will create offense together. Iginla has scored 30+ goals for how many years straight? On Sid’s line???


    My goodness. That is something. Before even considering the 6th D between Engelland, Despres, Bortuzzo and Eaton?

    More moves???

  35. Ed says:

    If only the science was that far advanced.

    While we’re at it, we could pluck Ted Williams’ head out of the cryogenic lab and remake him too ;)

  36. Matty_Ice7 says:

    I would agree if it was any other player but just remember the chemistry Iginla and Crosby had in the Olympics. Plus Kunitz-Malkin-Neal were very solid last year.

  37. Utez7 says:

    just read that iginla DID choose Pittsburgh over Boston….twitter @KDPomp

  38. David says:

    Not to take away from Shero but give Crosby and maybe Malkin some credit for these acquisitions too. Guys like Morrow and Iginla were obviously much more willing to waive NTCs, leaving the only teams they’d ever known, with Sid back on top of the hockey world

  39. Ed says:

    I like this setup. Malkin already has a sharpshooter on his line with Neal. Those two have worked together very will and Morrow will only add to that.

    Scary to think how many Iginla will score with Crosby and you know he’ll protect him while he’s out there too.

    That third line has a lot of potential as well.

  40. Lisa says:

    Totally stunned.

    I’d say there is no room for Bennett now, he would be better off in WBS for now.

    Seriously couldn’t this wait til morning. Now I’m wide awake.

  41. Utez7 says:

    don’t understand why everyone thinks olympic hockey and pittsburgh penguins have anything to do with each other…lines will be tinkered with before playoffs…just because crosby and iggy played well together for a few weeks, doesn’t mean automatic chemistry years later….proven chemistry with kundoggy and duper

  42. Lisa says:

    Best line in hockey can be better I love Duper but Iginla is a talent not even close to Dupuis. Keep Kunitz wih Sid and put Morrow with 71 and 18. It is going to be interesting to see how this all plays out.

  43. Lisa says:

    Wonder what kind of mind control Ray Shero has over people. GM voodoo dolls must be in his office.

  44. Sliktracee says:

    Naw . . . guessing its:

    DNP: Vitalie-Glass

  45. It’s nearly impossible to imagine breaking up the first line right now, but doesn’t Disco HAVE to try Iginla with Sid? I mean…come ON! So freaking excited…

  46. CupOrBust says:

    Ownership would NEVER pay “Shero the second” fair market value.

  47. Utez7 says:

    someone explain where all this cap room came from….and is it here for next year?

  48. Clint says:

    Pens had the Cap Room from trading Staal for Sutter, and then Michalek contract going to PHX… they never replaced that income…. as the season went on, the cap room went up and up due to guys like Malkin and Letang being on IR, which does NOT count against the cap, and when they come back post deadline.. the Cap becomes a moot figure till next yr

  49. Utez7 says:

    do we have enough to resign these three AND geno?

  50. Jordan says:

    I was thinking over having Neal, Malkin and Iginla so the first line could stay the same. The only thing is that they keep saying Morrow is net front presence for Malkin. I’m sure we’ll see a lot of line tinkering in the upcoming games.

  51. Brian Ferber says:

    And we added TWO Captains. Who thirst for a Cup. I’d like another crack at Philly with this set-up, oh, they’re not doing so well…

  52. Clint says:

    No it wont happen.. Pens have a ton of UFA’s this summer… All three new guys, Cooke, Adams, Dupuis, Kennedy are all FA’s. and Malkin’s and Letang’s deals must be redone.. This is Shero saying.. we got one year of this core.. go for it, and worry about next yr, next yr

  53. Ed inAZ says:

    Remember Bruins owner was a big er problem during lockout?
    Guess that’ being pd back now:)

  54. tito says:

    It still will all come down to Fleury playing better in the playoffs.

  55. CupOrBust says:

    Wow. Great point. Never thought about that. I would guess that winning a Cup would be all that mattered. But it’s an interesting thought.

  56. Utez7 says:

    and the cap drops from 70 million to 64….#insherowetrust

  57. theplanisworking says:

    Not really.
    The Pirates have the market cornered on 70’s bands, b obbleheads, fireworks, and corndogs. Attendance will be fine. ;)

  58. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    As if we didn’t already know it, the Penguins are now officially the polar opposite of the Nutting Regime led Pirates.
    As a certain faction of bright minds continue to remind us…..Do not let Mssrs Lemieux and Burkle get their mitts on the Pirates.
    We wouldn’t want them to “mess things up” over at PNC Park like they have across the river at the Consol Energy Center.

  59. theplanisworking says:

    Agreed. But with a better “D” in front of him, and a more capable backup, it is looking good.

  60. theplanisworking says:

    Spot on.
    Great for the Pens, sad for the Bucs.

    And just imagine what the Bucs would be like with Lemieux/Burkle at the helm, eh?

  61. Ryan says:

    There was a no trade clause, so the penguins had leverage here since it “seems” this was Iginlas top choice to go. Also the price isn’t as low as ppl are saying. He is in his last year of his contract with salary cap dropping nearly 7 million next year, and we traded our first round pick, and two avg prospects. Win it all or fail. I would say it is a fair trade. Lets go pens!!

  62. AZBucsFan says:

    He gets 3 proven commodities for some draft picks, 2 non-prospect college players, and Joe Morrow, and also DOESN’T GIVE UP A PLAYER ON THE NHL ROSTER???!!!!??? Ray Shero, super genius. Stanley Cup or bust, gentlemen. The lines should be Iginla/Crosby/Dupuis…..Kunitz/Malkin/Neal…..Cooke/Sutter/Morrow…..and Adams/Vitale/Kennedy. As long as Flower returns healthy, and they keep playing good team defense, this team will continue to win.

  63. Adam Smith says:

    Iginla should play with Crosby. If they can find the same kind of chemistry has Crosby did with Hossa, look out. Iginla has always been my favorite non-penguin player. Such a great guy and leader with a ton of heart. This team is stacked like no team has been since probably Detriot in 02 and Colorado in 01. We all know how that worked out for them.

  64. deb says:

    HaHaHa….found this gem on twitter that sums up my thoughts!!!
    Paul Bissonnette@BizNasty2point0

    “Ray Shero was the kid in elementary school that traded his apple at lunch to some other kid for their Dunkaroos, fruit snacks and Pringles”

  65. Ben says:

    Iginla is a right handed shot. I would bet that he fits right in playing the left side of the ice in a role like ovechkin.

  66. JoeyBats says:

    Hoka Hey everyone!
    Remember, Clint Hurdle sez “95 wins on the way”
    LET’s GO PENS!

  67. Jandy says:

    Karma is a beyotch ;)

  68. Roadrunner says:

    BizNasty also added later, “and a Playboy magazine”. Best. Ever.

  69. Jandy says:

    lol priceless!

  70. Jandy says:

    I read this and immediately got chills. Wow, just wow.

  71. Brian says:

    I can’t believe what we have up for him….nothing. Here are my line combos..


    Bennett-Jeffrey as emergency players..rosters expand in April and emergencies happen. I don’t think we need Glass anymore.

  72. Brian says:


  73. JohnH says:

    The two sports are set up entirely different. Shero would only be successful at baseball if he was the Yankees GM

  74. Dave G says:

    Iggy is a Penguin.

    A few thoughts come to my mind…



    New York Yankees. (Great assembly of talent, but no guarantee of winning a championship.)

  75. JohnH says:

    Ha Ha Ha. The level of ignorance of the difference in the two sports you just showed there is amazing. So lets say Lemieux bought the team and did what he did with the penguins. He could play 2nd base for several years while drawing fans. But also make sure that the pirates get last place 3 yrs in a row and get the top cant miss no need for time in the minors game changing players. Threaten to move the team. Have 2 baseball strikes over paying players. Build a new stadium on land that he owns and charge the taxpayers for it. Can’t wait.

    Congrats you are now the Yankees of Hockey. Why play for anyone else but the Pens. They are the only team that can win.

  76. JohnH says:

    I guess the Penguins are the Yankees of Hockey. Congrats. I know I am Jealous of the Pens ability to acquire players. Are they able to develop players? How many current players that are on the roster were draft by the pens in the 2nd round or lower? Good luck hope you guys get the Cup. Doubt the Pirates will get the World Series Trophy this yr.

  77. Drew71 says:

    But what about that fourth line winger??

    I hope it comes out what Boston offered. Dejan, based on what Josh and you have written, I’m buying the conspiracy. I’m guessing that Shero played a game of let’s-see-if-we-can-get-him-for-less-cause-he’ll-want-a-cup-more.

    Which sounds like a fun game to me, even if it has a weird name.

    Honestly I would have hated this trade if it included all-in prospects. I don’t know what Iginla has left.

    But at the price of this weirdly worded game? Love it.

    This is sorta the sideways-opposite of Hossa, isn’t it?

  78. DJ says:

    Forget BMTIB. Ray, Mario and crew: BMTIS . . . (S=Sports)

  79. Pucknutz says:

    Can’t help myself – gotta brag about it – check my post at 7:17 pm yesterday in the baseball thread!
    Sieze the Day Ray !! Go Pens Go!!!

  80. Jandy says:

    JohnH, huge difference. The Yankees BOUGHT their Titles. The Pens have a cap limit to live under just like the rest of the NHL teams.

  81. Jandy says:

    Dave, PLEASE don’t compare the Pens to the Yankees. That’s just wrong.

  82. Drew71 says:

    At least to Boston’s perspective, it musta felt like Hossa selecting Detroit for less.

  83. Jandy says:

    Drew dahling, let me ask you a question. What DON’T you like about it?

  84. Drew71 says:

    What’s REALLY unbelievable about this…

    It’s blown the AJ-May-Retire-Next-Year scoop right off the front pages

  85. Drew71 says:

    Do you think Shero could get the pirates a good pitcher?

    I do.

  86. Drew71 says:

    You nailed it, Nutzle.

  87. Jandy says:

    Good call Puckers!

  88. Jandy says:


  89. Jandy says:

    If Shero managed the Pirates, Nutting would have to give up ownership. Shero doesn’t work for cheapskates.

  90. John Lease says:

    Pirates are skidding toward the 21st losing season… :(

  91. Drew71 says:

    “Dejan Kovacevic says:

    March 27, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    DK: Anyone still around tonight?”

    Dejan, did you know something was up then?

  92. Jandy says:

    of course he did…

  93. dcpinpgh says:

    Maybe Shero did learn something from Huntington… don’t trade Casey McGehee, or in other words, don’t mess with chemistry

    I think the lines will go down like this.
    Disco to Sid “Who do you want to play with”?”
    Sid’s answer will be the Pens top line.

  94. Pucknutz says:

    >> Anyone else wonder if Iginla chose the Penguins over the Bruins? DK

    No wondering about it – He picked the Pens!

  95. Thundercrack says:

    Speaking of trades in Pittsburgh sports history, remember Jason Bay.

    Apparently he hasn’t yet secured a spot on the Mariners roster. He is in a battle for the FIFTH outfielder spot.

  96. JohnH says:

    I am confused are you on my side of this thread or his? Do you think Lemuiex and Burkle would buy a world series title or force the other teams to institute a salary cap and then win within it?

  97. Thundercrack says:

    Since so many like to parse and over-examine every word that comes from the people on Federal Street, what do people think about this from Shero:

    “Dan has over a month to find that chemistry. Names on paper don’t mean much. It will be important to perform on the ice.”

    No Cup = No more Disco Dan?

  98. Pucknutz says:

    I believe you are correct.
    And I believe Sid is going to say “Don’t mess with sucess”

    They got a month or so to sort things out and the way I see it almost any combo will work.
    Nice problem to have!-

  99. Drew71 says:

    I don’t like that he spells his first name with an A.

    Makes writing fast posts difficult cause you have the think about it.

    And besides, who DOES that?

    – Draw

  100. radio wave says:

    TSN radio Toronto is speculating this could be a rental. I can tell you listening to Boston radio this morning they are plenty upset about this. Boston radio is blaming a particular reporter from TSN who was tweeting the wrong information during the night. If you look at you can see their original story saying trade to the Bruins and below that is the corrected story with the trade to the pens.

  101. Jandy says:

    I’m not playing the parsing game. But I will say, if the Pens don’t at least go deep into the playoffs, Dan is on the hot seat.

  102. Jandy says:

    All Boston needs to do is look at their owner. He’s a joke. What goes around comes around.

  103. JAL says:

    The Cheap Seats 1994 Alabama The first major crossover band with success in country and pop. This song is about attending a minor league game.

  104. Steve says:

    Can’t scratch Glass for PK purposes. Bennett and Jeffrey will be scratched over Glass.

  105. Steve says:

    Iginla and Neal are both RW. Iginla goes on a line with Crosby and Dupuis. Kunitz reunited with Malkin and Neal and Morrow goes on a killer 3rd line with Sutter and Cooke. The 4th line will be interesting because Bylsma will have to dress Glass for the PK. Bennett will not see much ice time in the playoffs. TK goes to the 4th line.

  106. Jandy says:

    John, I do believe Mr. Daquido was being facetious ;)

  107. Jandy says:

    And no I don’t think they would do anything of the sort. They have too much integrity and class to do that.

  108. Thundercrack says:

    Typical Penguins. On the day the Pirates announce that J. Sanchez and B. Inge have made the team and Jeff Locke was named the 5th starter, the Pens go and make this trade….stealing the headlines again!


  109. Pucknutz says:

    Thunder, I don’t parse it that harshly but they do at least have to go deep , 3rd round or finals ,
    “important to perform on the ice” – Gives Dan a bit of slack.
    That said – if 2 out of the 3 “perform” – that team is gonna be scary good.
    Shero has given DB a “golden” tool box and I for one think he will use it well.
    GO PENS!

  110. Jandy says:

    I don’t care HOW he spells his name if he helps us win Lord Stanley!

  111. Jandy says:

    I’ll tell ya…something’s gotta be done about it! Sheesh!

  112. Pucknutz says:

    “Take care of Iggy and get him the cup. You are getting a class act that will be missed in Calgary”
    Nice post on another blog from a Calgary fan.

  113. Thundercrack says:

    Fair enough P-Nutz. But I am setting the stop watch for the countdown of the first
    “Fire Bylsma” post. My guess it will be after the next loss. (if they ever lose again). But it could also be after the first lackluster period.


  114. Jandy says:


  115. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hey Neal,


  116. dwf says:

    Disco Dan has been given pretty much all the assets he needs to WIN! I think this management group from Mario down will settle for nothing less than the Stanley Cup this year. If DD screws this up, there is nooooooooo doubt he will be looking for another job next season. And if he isn’t, he should resign. DD’s time has come to show that he belongs as a legitimate coach that can win it all (I am not giving him the credit for basically winning what should’ve been Michel Therrin’s Cup in ’09).

  117. Jandy says:

    Neal wouldn’t know a winning combination if it hit him right between the eyes.

  118. Jandy says:

    That’s a good way to look at it Drew.

  119. PgherinLev says:

    Apparently, Jarome means “Big Tree” in his father’s native language (according to Wikipedia, at least).

  120. JAL says:

    The morning links disappeared

  121. Milo Hamilton says:

    Something to remember about line combinations and where Iginla might fit in. When the Penguins won their 1st cup, Bryan Trottier played on the 3rd line. So did Jaromir Jagr for that matter.

  122. Milo Hamilton says:

    And later posts keep showing up before your 6:58 post. I can’t figure it out.

  123. Drew71 says:


  124. JAL says:

    The 6:58 post was reply on the morning links giving some information on the title song

  125. gregenstein says:

    Dupuis, Sutter, Cooke, and Adams all kill penalities. Heck, I bet Morrow would do it just because he’s going to be on the 2nd PP at best. You can scratch Glass and make it work.

  126. JAL says:

    Trply not working, post under reply and it shows up as an independent post

  127. Drew71 says:

    Fire Byls…


  128. Drew71 says:

    Ditto, JAL, with my last post.

  129. gregenstein says:

    Agreed. I think Morrow is the “odd man out” of the top 6 at this point, though I think Iginla is more likely to play with Sid than Geno. Dupuis/Crosby/Iginla, Kunitz/Malkin/Neal…

  130. Drew71 says:

    And THAT one, which was typed in reply

  131. Drew71 says:

    But my reply to Thunder worked. This is a reply to myself. Let’s see

  132. Karen22 says:

    To say I am SHOCKED is putting it mildly. There are no words but:



  133. Drew71 says:

    You broke it

  134. Milo Hamilton says:

    I hope they never fix the reply “feature”.

  135. Karen22 says:


  136. SJB says:

    While I agree 100% about the owner, I do think Iginla had his mind made up he was going to play for the Pens regardless of what Boston was going to offer. Who knows, maybe he just doesn’t like that grating accent…”Pawk the Caw Iggy”, or whatever. That’s also why the Pens got him for as little as they did and Calgary either had to take it, watch him walk, or resign him.

    This was more about what Iginla wanted than what anyone else wanted.

  137. Rbilak says:

    Rumor is Shero is working on a trade for Cutch just becuase he can. Unreal, like many went to bed thinking Bruins had him. Woke up making sure this was true.

    1. Pens acquiring players from the West, smart becuase we don’t play those teams this year.

    2. I am sure Sid and the Bruins owner being a jerk did have something to do with it. We gave up so little. Shero set the market for everyone else. Brilliant. Also gave enough time for roles to be determined. Bodes well for future also.

    3. Feel like Yankess must feel every year.

    4. Close to Ulf/Francis deals. Shero is a legend.

    5. Canada media reporting Bruins signing defenseman Big Foot, an obscure player, slow of foot and rarely filmed. They are 100% sure of this one.

  138. Jandy says:


  139. Jandy says:

    that testing was a reply to Drew. Iginla broke the blog.

  140. Patrick says:

    Wife woke me up an hour and a half early to tell me. couldnt get back to sleep. SOooo awesome….

  141. likeabugonarug says:

    OH MY! Have a day off today to do a family trip with kids outta school. Went out to only to see their link of NHL star traded to Penguins. Having read comments the past couple days to not expect Iginla to come to Pens anymore after the recent trades, his was the only name I could think of when clicking on the link. So, not really having the time to come to read about this today, here I am. I hope this is awesome. I can’t see breaking up the top line, and I have to believe that Morrow is now wondering what he was brought here for. But if they can get all these guys to possibly accept shifting or even elimination of roles, this team looks utterly awesome on paper all the way through the 3rd line with a potential of a good 4th line. No question if these guys can all mesh in the next month, and MAF wasn’t seriously hurt last night, we have to be the favorite to win the cup. Kudos to Shero for what he has pulled off the past few weeks, not only getting the players but it also helps that they aren’t going to a team like Boston or Montreal.

    LET’S GO PENS!!!!!

  142. Patrick says:

    Jacobs is a clown. And a tool. If anyone forgot about what a d-bag he was during the lock out, a d-bag TO THE OTHER OWNERS mind you, well here is a reminder:

  143. Drew71 says:

    (I’m afraid to post. Who knows where this will land)

  144. JAL says:

    Must have hit the blog with hard slap shot :)

  145. Jandy says:

    Yup. TOOL. Maybe that’s why Tim Thomas took a season off? No wait, he’s joined the rich tools. He refused to go to the White House, right?

  146. TCB says:

    I can live with the links disappearing as long as JAL doesn’t.

  147. Jandy says:

    JAL have you contacted Dejan yet?

  148. Patrick says:

    Attention: The morning links have been aquirred by Ray Shero fox a two day old box of donuts in the Trib newsroom and an old pair of Rob Rossi’s glasses.

    We’re hoping the links fill in nicely between the predictor contests and Penguins Points App in promoting the Penguins online marketing campaign. It’s something we have been looking into for a few weeks now. We feel its a strong moe to bolster our already succesful online branding.

    We wish the donuts well, they are a good box of donuts, donuts that will be enjoyed for many weeks. Rossi’s old glasses worked hard while they were here, we know what a hard working pair of glasses they were and wish them the best of luck.

  149. kr70 says:

    Morrow on the third line….think about it, it’s sick

  150. Go ahead and say it. :)

  151. Jason says:

    Indeed, Shero is a Jedi master.

  152. Patrick says:


    Im gonna play him with sid and duper…and then…ooh ooh OOH no w wiat..i can have morrow and Geno and Neal for a second line if…NO WAIT WAIT!! SId, Kunitz and Duper stay the same and then Morrow can play with Sutter and Cooke…

    You know about this: Everybody plays on a line in alphabetical order. Or maybe we can assign lines by a spirited paper/scissors/rock tournament?

    Or maybe we can just assign them all randomly AND STILL GO OUT AND KICK THE !&!@!*# OUT OF THE REST OF THE EASTERN CONFERENCE!!

    Its like Christmas people!! We got a new toy!! The BEST toy!! PENS GOT IGINLA PENS GOT IGINLA!!


  153. TJ says:

    Holy smokes. I left a post at a little after 10 last night when ESPN was reporting that Iginla was heading to Calgary. Even turned on the NHL network which was reporting the deal.

    Then I see this; I should go back to sleep and wake up again cause I must be dreaming here.

    To me it seems like we gave up less to get Iginla than we did to get Murray.

    All I can say is wow and wow and wow.

  154. Mike P. says:

    I hope NH et al are watching because Ray Shero is putting on a clinic.

  155. Patrick says:

    I look around, i look around…i see a lot of new faces…

    …which means a lot of you have been breaking the first two rules of blog club…

  156. TJ says:

    You want NH to acquire aging Hockey players? I hear Luc Robataille was a hell of a baseball player; or was it Tom Glavine was a hell of a hockey player. Ahh I don’t know but NH wouldn’t know talent if it was given to him

  157. Nancy52 says:


  158. Drew71 says:

    blog backwards feeling well not

  159. Jandy says:


  160. Big John Lonsinger says:

    I wonder a couple things….

    1.I wonder how long it would take Shero to turn the Pirates organization around?

    2. I wonder how long it will take Pirate’s fans to realize you can see the fireworks from
    Mt. Washington without buying a ticket?

  161. Jandy says:

    I thought the only rule was no politics!

  162. Jandy says:

    Spunky, now you KNOW Drewmeister doesn’t need egged on! ;)

  163. Pat4PGH says:

    Sounds like your record is brooken…..give it up!

    Pens make moves to win, Pirates make moves to make Nutting money.
    No comparison.

  164. MadTurk says:

    Man you guys and gals broke the blog. What’s up with that?

  165. Patrick says:

    Lol…its a movie reference.

  166. TJ says:

    Ya know what really pisses me off is I stayed up past midnight last night waiting for the Boston trade to become official and then slept in this morning to find 6977 posts before 630am.

    Didn’t Patrick steal Ulf and Francis in the middle of the night as well?

  167. dcpfjr says:

    Your last few sentences will most likely come to pass. And THAT will make for some REALLY exciting hockey!!

  168. TJ says:

    Saw a tweet from a Boston reporter that said if the Blackhawks take a phone call from Ray Shero they will end up trading Toews for a 3rd Rd pick because Shero is a dark wizard.

  169. Pucknutz says:

    DK has his new Chat thingy up, I posted one there – seems to work ok.

  170. Jandy says:

    :;smacks head:: sowwy :/

  171. Iceman says:

    I’m looking at this roster and I have no idea what the lines or defensive pairings are going to look like. I am really interested to see what pans out on Saturday once all three new players are here. Going to be an interesting run to the playoffs.

  172. TJ says:

    CNN is reporting that Ray Shero has acquired all of North Koreas missiles in exchange for 2 tickets to Jerome Iginla’s first game in Pittsburgh.

  173. Bizrow says:

    Just a random thought here, this would be an excellent time for Nuttin to announce the new 5 year extension he has given to the BMTIB. It would be his way of showing he’s ALLIN

  174. I know this is Penguins Day in the ‘Burgh, but does it seem strange to anyone but me that a guy that hit 27 HR’s last season is batting 2nd for the 2nd day in a row?

    24/7 tweeted the lineup and Jones is hitting 2nd again.

  175. TJ says:

    I wonder if Shero got up from his desk and did a Tebow after completing the deal with Calgary?

  176. JohninOshkosh says:

    New Blog (2013)
    New Coke (1985)

    Where is Max Headroom?

    I blame Larry Broadway. I blame Larry Broadway for everything. N Korea with Nukes? Larry Broadway. Bay of Pigs? Larry Broadway. Oprah? Larry Broadway. Cashiers who comment on products you are buying? Larry Broadway.

  177. Jandy says:

    Baseball is a sport and is always welcome, Spunky.
    But since when are you suprised about anything the Pirates do? lol

  178. Never. It just seems strange, even for them.

  179. Patrick says:

    Watch what you say. Shero will acquire Tebow for a leftover mystery bag and try him on the wing with Sutter and Morrow. Just because…well…because he’s Ray #&(@ Shero and why the (*#$ not?!

  180. Patrick says:

    Well the lineup card is all Hurdle. The FO may be a bit of enigma, but Hurdle is usually a bit of a purist/traditional kind of guy.

    So yea…that is pretty weird.

  181. Patrick says:

    CNN is reporting Ray Shero has acquired CNN in exchange for Steve Mears and Danny Potash.

  182. Jandy says:

    who cares about sleep at a time like this! :) :)
    Awesome indeed!!

  183. Jandy says:


  184. Jay says:


    WOW! I liked the Morrow for Morrow trade in the sense that we could use Brenden to win now, but did not like giving up a noted prospect (no matter what the team thought of his D play this year) for what will amount to a checking line forward.

    It seems like we stole Iginla, compared to the assets we had to give up for Morrow and Murray. I know he’s old and a UFA, but I thought Calgary would be able to fetch more… In Shero We Trust.

  185. Jandy says:

    OK let’s check this out again

  186. Jandy says:

    wow..still messed up lol

  187. Kevin says:

    heyhey pirates could take a page out of the penguins book… this is what “all-in” looks like.. woohoo!

  188. TJ says:

    haha. I doubt the Shero jokes won’t be going away any time soon.

    And just think the deadline isn’t until next wednesday. Shero may be able to talk the Lightning into taking TK and Glass for Stamkos.

  189. TJ says:

    Pirates are lucky this isn’t 1997 when their AAA affiliate was in Calgary.

  190. Thanks. I thought it was just me, which is very possible.

  191. JAL says:

    Time of posts all out order, wonder where this one will go

  192. Jason says:

    We do need a 4th line center…

  193. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’m so glad they “improved” this thing.

  194. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    I thought “all in” meant Travis Snider?

  195. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    I hear he’s called Michael Jordan a few times. But Jordan won’t come here.

  196. Kevin says:

    The DK chats going to be crazy today. DK should extend it to two hours just to get in all the Iginla/line questions.

  197. JT says:

    Glass is not needed for the PK, but he is needed for his 4th line role of mucking and grinding. TK should be odd man out here.

  198. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Can anything really be considered strange anymore with BMTIB?

  199. hap2009 says:

    I”M SOOO EXCITED!!!!!! I ALWAYS HAVE LOVED IGGGGYYYYYY. I just can’t wait until I can get to a game to see this eyegasm of a team!

  200. Thundercrack says:

    I believe my post about Jason Bay broke the blog.

    The software couldn’t process any post that didn’t include Shero or Iginla

  201. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Well at least we know it wasn’t from Tyler Kennedy. He would have missed. :-)

  202. florida steeler says:

    Imagine–the Penguins are doing this without “Cap Wizard” Omar Khan. How is that possible???

  203. hap2009 says:

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! Can’t wait to see this team in person.

  204. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’m glad you mentioned that cashier thing. Makes you a little uncomfortable, doesn’t it? I mean, even if it’s just carrots. Thought maybe it was just me. I avoid this one guy because of that. Well, in addition to his big black handlebar mustache and the fact he reminds me of a ventriloquist’s dummy.

  205. What do you think of Jones hitting 2nd?

  206. Bizrow says:

    Whats up with Jason? Its hard as heck to find anything here right now

    Did Shero trade for him??

  207. JT says:




  208. Mike A. says:

    When the Cup is actually, you know, here. This is amazing good news, but it guarantees NOTHING!!

  209. hockeymonster says:

    Hot Diggity!!! Shero’s urinating on boston and telling them its raining! :)

  210. hockeymonster says:

    Sharks have a week for Shero!

  211. I’m ecstatic to welcome Jarome Iginla to the Penguins. I think the addition of a perennial 30-goal scorer, a proto-typical power forward, a tremendous competitor, and a gracious human being to the Penguins is a huge win for the organization. The Penguins are already at the top of the league in scoring, but Iginla brings so much more to the table than just goals: he’s a right handful on the ice. And, considering he is a UFA at year’s end, this may very well be his best and final chance at the Stanley Cup. I liken this to the Colorado Avalanche acquiring Ray Bourque…

    About the deal itself. Although Ray Shero may have earned himself a statue outside Consol, I think this deal had a lot more to do with Iginla than anything else. I haven’t read much out of Calgary, but I am willing to bet GM Jay Feaster had a talk with the face of his franchise and asked him to pick which team he wanted to go to. Feaster probably knew the offers on the table at that point and granted Iginla’s wish, irrespective of who presented the better offer (and I can guarantee Boston presented a stronger offer). Kudos to Feaster if that is indeed the way it went down.

    The pressure is all on Dan Bylsma’s shoulders now. With his team already playing outstanding hockey and surging on a 13-game win streak, so he has the unenviable job of having to fix something that’s not broken… or damaged. Since the Penguins gave up no roster spots in any of the deals, Bylsma has an increasing crowd of players to manage at the top. Needless to say, some players are going to find themselves on the outside looking in… and not very happy about it. The power play unit is another problem entirely. Thankfully, Bylsma couldn’t have asked for better character additions to the lineup with two more team captains added to the mix, so motivation and professionalism should never be an issue. Still, at the end of the day none of this matters: if Bylsma can’t direct this cast to a Stanley Cup it will be a huge disappointment.

    16W. At this point, that’s all that matters.

  212. TJ says:

    Did anyone happen to check out They have analysis of the trade. If you scroll over to the 55 second mark you’ll hear the one analyst actually mention SEAL Training. I actually stopped the video and went back to make sure I heard him right. And sure enough he said he SEAL training.

    Also now that I look at this roster; I love adding Morrow and Iginla but I think your going to have to add a puncher to this team. You don’t want Morrow and Iginla having to drop the gloves despite their willingness to do so. They add grit but the Pens need to add someone who is going to be that protection for the rest of the season.

  213. Jandy says:


  214. Jandy says:

    Well said, CW, well said.

  215. Jandy says:


  216. Milo Hamilton says:

    Where will this one end up ?

  217. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    In BMTIB world- why not? In logical world… I wouldn’t do it. Don’t understand why he’s there unless Hurtle wants to get him some extra AB’s. If that sticks into the regular season then yikes. Don’t really follow ST much, but it’s indeed an oddity.

  218. hockeymonster says:

    Just heard Shero’s getting Jagr for tanner glass…

  219. Way to kill my hockey buzz, hockeymonster…

  220. I’m just happy I didn’t sell my tickets for Saturday.

  221. Milo Hamilton says:

    Has Bowser checked in yet ? I’m waiting to hear what’s wrong with this. :)

  222. hockeymonster says:

    Come on Pam…just saying shero’s on fire…no frowns today pam!

  223. Milo Hamilton says:

    Two years in a row an Islanders game becomes a big ticket.

  224. True that! Jagr’s just the LAST player I’d like to see come here at this point (and yes, I know not everyone agrees with me). Pardon the temporary downer. I didn’t sleep much last night… ;)

  225. I know, right?! Kinda makes me glad the Mario statue is what it is. But no Isles fan is getting into our house with MY tickets at least!

  226. Thundercrack says:

    I saw on that the final roster spot on the Mariners, as the 5th outfielder, was between him and another player ( I never heard of).

  227. Jandy says:

    I don’t want Jagr here either, so you’re not alone, pam

  228. JohninOshkosh says:

    +Pythagorean Theorem

    My Debbie Downer comment: 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers

  229. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hey everyone,

    Everything seems to be working just fine on the chat thread and the discussion is the same.

  230. Sisyphus says:

    I wonder if the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles realize that they are now heavy favorites to win the championship.

  231. Sisyphus says:

    Hopefully the page that describes the salary cap.

  232. Sisyphus says:

    “1.I wonder how long it would take Shero to turn the Pirates organization around?”

    About the same amount of time it would take to get a salary cap in MLB.

  233. CeehowUR says:

    How about leaving the top 2 lines alone (when Geno’s healthy) and put Iginla-Sutter-Morrow together on the 3rd line?

  234. Thanks, Jandy. Although, I am not CW. ;)

  235. Bizrow says:

    Thanks, heck, I thought he was a shoo in to make the club

  236. CW says:

    I just read that Shero just acquired Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth for a Van Halen tour. Only gave up Gary Scherone for both of them.

  237. Dave says:

    Pens are nothing without PK and backchecking from there forewards!!!!
    Don’t forget last year.

  238. buggee says:

    rofl! I Likeee

  239. buggee says:

    Wow Daquido, you are just not digging TBMTIB at all, are you?

  240. Jandy says:

    OOps, sorry Relentless. You’re just as wise, tho. ;)

  241. Jandy says:


  242. Is this the Pirates’ thread now?

  243. hockeymn25 says:

    Glass is useless. get him out of there

  244. hockeymonster says:



    Flower in the cage!!!

  245. hockeymonster says:

    Just heard Mario’s working out to play left wing for Malkin…

  246. Jag7 says:

    A little off topic, but I just read that the Senators owner is conducting a forensic investigation to prove that Cooke injured Katlsson on purpose. Seriously. My question, who’s the more insane owner Melnyk or Nutting (for not firing those 4 buffoons)?

  247. theplanisworking says:

    +3. Wait, ………
    + infinity and beyond.

  248. theplanisworking says:

    You just insulted clowns, and tools everywhere by comparing Jacobs to them. :)

  249. theplanisworking says:

    I thought “all-in” meant more Blues Traveler, and another charity auction. ;)

  250. theplanisworking says:

    Neal never pays attention.
    He is the smartest man in the room, after all………

  251. BillyBaduka says:

    I can’t explain why this is happening in any detail. But the first rule in software troubleshooting is “what changed”?

    Today is first time chat is on blog.

    Blog stopped working. Coincidence? I doubt it. From just perspective of looking at what’s occurring, it appears that linking the chat to the blog has a negative impact on links (JALs and Reply) and posts once Chat was up for taking questions.

  252. Eric Bowser says:


    I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I wanted Iginla, Morrow, and Murray… so I’m speechless.

  253. Cobra38 says:

    I’m not sure if anyone has asked this, but just a couple of days ago on his podcast, Dejan didn’t think Iginla would be a good fit while today he seems positively giddy about the trade.

    So what gives, Dejan? He wasn’t a good fit a few days ago but it’s a great move today?

    DK: I have no idea what the giddy comment describes. A future Hall of Famer was acquired by a local team. That tends to be a pretty big deal, and it deserves to be covered accordingly.

    What I said — and wrote — about Iginla was that the price was thought to be high and that, even if he were acquired, that might cause issues with bumping people off lines that don’t deserve it. Listening and reading are both fundamental.

    As it turned out, the price was laughably low, and the line issue remains. We’ll see how it gets solved.

    Oh, and welcome to the forum!

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