No clue how Pens GM Ray Shero pulled it off around 1:30am Thursday morning but the Penguins have acquired Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames.
The Pens sent prospects Ben Hanowski and Kenny Agostino and a 2013 first round draft pick to Calgary in exchange for Iginla.
Pens already have a nice Iginla highlight video put together...
Ray Shero on the deal: “We talked to (Flames general manager) Jay (Feaster) and said if you’re going to move Iginla we would be interested. Over the last day or so it became apparent they were going to move him. We started getting into more names and scenarios. The first-round pick was very important to them. They ended up with two good college prospects. That’s the price of Jarome Iginla. That’s what you have to do. That’s what we did. I talked to (Iginla) after the fact. He agreed to waive (his no-trade clause) and come to Pittsburgh. It was a big change after 16 years in Calgary so I’m sure it will be quite emotional. He said he was excited to come to Pittsburgh.”
Iginla is 35 years old and has played for Calgary for 16 seasons, most as their captain. He is the Flames' all-time leader in goals, points, and games played. He has never won the Stanley Cup.
Some quick things to know about jarome Iginla:
- 7 time All-Star
- Art Ross winner (scoring champion), Rocket Richard winner (goal scoring champion), Lester B. Pearson winner (outstanding player as voted by players) in 2001-2002
- Rocket Richard winner (goal scoring champion) 2003-2004
- 2 seasons with 50 goals or more (52 in 2001-2002 season, 50 in 2007-2008 season)
- One of seven players in NHL history to score 30 goals in 11 consecutive seasons
- Over 500 goals and 1000 points over NHL career
- Gold medal winner with Canada in 2010
- Donates $2000 to charity for every goal he scores
This tweet about sums up how Ray Shero operates....
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.— Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) March 28, 2013
It was initially reported by plenty of sources that the Boston Bruins had acquired Iginla, then the news broke that the Penguins had gotten the deal done.
Doesn't matter now, but CGY preferred deal was with BOS. The 2 teams agreed on components but w/o critical 3rd element - player approval.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 28, 2013
Bottom line, as was the case with Brenden Morrow, Jarome Iginla is a Pittsburgh Penguin today because PIT is where he wanted to go.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 28, 2013
Iginla be like .. twitter.com/AaronWesley13/…— Canadian Aaron (@AaronWesley13) March 28, 2013
Iginla, Morrow and Sid. Team Canada is now Team Pittsburgh.
Oh and the gold medal game winning goal was Iginla to Crosby
More on Iginla deal at Penguins.com