Boston Bruins fans were so excited early Wednesday night, as it appeared general manager Peter Chiarelli had acquired W Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames. Several media members, and of course Twitter, were reporting that Iginla was headed to Beantown. That’s when Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero worked his magic. The Penguins actually made the deal happen, and Shero picked up another player with an expiring contract, as the team gears up for a run at Lord Stanley’s Cup.
The Penguins traded for Iginla late Wednesday for a first-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, as well as the rights to unsigned draft picks Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski. It was a coup for fans of hockey in the Steel City, and a night they won’t soon forget in Beantown.
Jarome Iginla will see a jump in Fantasy value in Pittsburgh. Photo Credit: Dan Mannes
Sure, Iginla is 35 years old, but his presence in the lineup of the Pittsburgh Penguins will be huge. First off, Iginla is durable, as he had appeared in 441 consecutive games until he was a healthy scratch Wednesday. Despite the struggles of the Flames, Iginla had potted nine goals with 22 points and a minus-7 rating with 22 penalty minutes and two power-play goals in 31 games played. A move to the Penguins will do wonders for his plus/minus rating, and he should see plenty of time on the power play unit.
It hasn’t been decided just yet which scoring line he’ll be slotted, but whether he is skating with superstar Sidney Crosby, gritty Chris Kunitz, rough-and-tumble James Neal or the recently acquired Brenden Morrow, it is apparent Iginla will be surrounded by much better talent, likely squeezing out more points as a result. Fantasy owners of Iginla will be smiling from ear to ear, as they’re just happy to see him go to a contender.
With Iginla out of the picture in Calgary, it appears C Mike Cammalleri is ready to pick up the slack. He posted two goals in a win against the Colorado Avalanche, and he has performed at nearly a point-per-game clip this season. His minus-12 rating has tamped down his Fantasy value, but his four power play goals and eight power play assists have helped Fantasy owners tremendously.
General managers in the NHL are picking through the bargain bin that is the San Jose Sharks. The hard-nosed W Ryane Clowe could be on the move, and there are indications that D Dan Boyle could be dealt, too. D Brent Burns is also a player who could potentially be shipped to a contender.
According to TSN.ca, possible landing spots for Clowe include the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers. Each of those teams could use a little more grit, and Clowe certainly provides that. He is not someone Fantasy owners will want to pay any mind in formats which penalize PIM, but for those in formats which encourage bad behavior, Clowe is a nice addition if available. The Flyers are supposedly enamored with Burns and his size. Stay tuned.