Amidst reports that the Boston Bruins had acquired veteran forward Jarome Iginla, news broke early Thursday morning that the Pittsburgh Penguins instead were the destination of choice.
It was been confirmed by various sources, including the Pittsburgh Penguins and Calgary Flames that Iginla has been acquired in exchange for the rights to two college players (Ben Hanowski and Kenneth Agostino) and a 2013 1st round draft pick.
It is not known when Iginla will report to Pittsburgh, though the future hall of famer is expected to meet with the Calgary media and his Flames teammates before departing for his new team.
With the Bruins reportedly offering prospects Alexander Khokhlachev, Matthew Bartkowski, and a 2013 first round draft pick, it appears Iginla’s destination of choice was the Penguins, whose package seems considerably less impressive.
Known for having a plethora of high-end defensive prospects, it was considered common knowledge that the Penguins would have to include at least one of these prospects in a deal that also included an NHL-ready prospect and a first rounder — and even then they might not have had the best offer.
To suggest Penguins general manager Ray Shero pulled off a coupe would be an understatement. By comparison, the Nashville Predators last year traded a first round draft pick to the Buffalo Sabres for third line center Paul Gaustad. Shero managed to use his first round pick and two prospects not considered to be among the Penguins’ group of high-end prospects.
One even could argue that Shero paid less for Iginla than he did for Brendan Morrow, who fetched the the 26th ranked NHL prospect, according to HockeysFuture.com, defenseman Joe Morrow.
To say this is an exciting time to be a Penguins fan is an understatement, as Shero has made it known that 2013 is an “all-in” year, while not breaking the bank with any of his three high-profile acquisitions.
As one might expect, more reaction is to come on FF as the day unfolds.