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Wednesday night will go down has one of the craziest nights in recent memory when it comes to a player being traded to one team only to find out hours later that another team did in fact acquire the player in question.

Enter, the Jarome Iginla saga, where everyone in the hockey world had him going to the Boston Bruins, only to wake up on both coasts Thursday to find out he’s a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

 

From a fantasy perspective, owners of Iginla were pleased with the idea of him playing in Boston, but the thought now of him in Pittsburgh makes his value sky-high. The Penguins are definitely going all-in for the Stanley Cup this year after this deal and prior deals to acquire Brenden Morrow from the Stars and Douglas Murray from the Sharks. If you don’t happen to own the Flames all-time leader in points, goals and games played, it might be a good idea (if your trade deadline isn’t over yet) to go out and acquire him. On the season, he has recorded nine goals, 13 assists, -7 rating and 100 shots on net over 31 games.

A look at the lines in Pittsburgh shows that the obvious place for him to play would be along side Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby on the top line, but Pascal Dupuis may not be moved off the line so easily, with 15 goals, 9 assists and a plus 21 rating to his name. One thing we do know, the Pittsburgh power-play will consist of some of the best players in the game today when Crosby, Malkin, Iginla, Neal or Kunitz and Kris Letang are on the ice.

Here is a look at the possible line combinations with Iginla in the lineup.

Chris Kunitz    Sidney Crosby    Pascal Dupuis

Brenden Morrow    Evgeni Malkin    James Neal

Matt Cooke    Brandon Sutter    Jarome Iginla

Tyler Kennedy    Tanner Glass     Craig Adams

Again, the Penguins have a decision to make with Dupuis on the top line, but if they don’t take him off it now, it’s something they should consider come playoff time.

Sure Boston would have been an excellent destination for Iginla, playing on a line with the likes of Milan Lucic, David Krejci or Brad Marchand and Rich Peverley, but it’s that Pittsburgh power-play that makes this such a great deal for fantasy owners.

Who’s next to go in Calgary? Michael Cammalleri, Matt Stajan, Jay Bouwmeester? Stay tuned.

Top 5 pickups in Yahoo!

1. Jarome Iginla (PIT)

2. Jared Spurgeon (MIN)

3. Tomas Vokoun (PIT)

4. Derek Stepan (NYR)

5. Brent Burns (SJ)

Top 5 drops in Yahoo!

1. Jake Allen (STL)

2. Devin Steoguchi (MIN)

3. James van Riemsdyk (TOR)

4. Danny Briere (PHI)

5. Mike Smith (PHX)

Top 5 players traded in Yahoo!

1. Milan Lucic (BOS)

2. Henrik Zetterberg (DET)

3. Marian Gaborik (NYR)

4. Roberto Luongo (VAN)

5. Chris Stewart (STL)

If you any fantasy questions this season, let me know in the comment section, and good luck this week.

Comments (5)

  1. I don’t do the fantasy hockey thing, but I do have a comment about the line combos. There is no way they’re going to let Dupuis skate with Crosby and jam Iginla on the third line.

    As for value in fantasy, no matter which of us is correct, it works for Iginla owners. He either plays with the greatest player in the league in Crosby, or he’s going to face ridiculously easy minutes with Sutter, and have the PP to work with Sid the Kid anyway

    • Seriously. There is absolutely ZERO chance that Iginla doesn’t play on a line with either Malkin or Crosby.

  2. Jake Allen is the #1 drop. do you think his stellar performances are behind him? i have him in my ESPN league and i was hesitant to drop him until i saw that everyone else dropped him…

    as far as Iginla is concerned, i think one of two things will happen: 1) his age will show playing in Pburg and he’ll continue his less-than-superstar performance, or 2) the change of scenery and the higher level of talent will spark him and he’ll start to light it up.

  3. the word out of Pittsburgh is that Dupuis will remain on the top line…for now anyways

  4. I have zetterberg, gaborik, luongo and Stewart is that a good or bad thing? Haha

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