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.
Apologies, had multiple sources confirm a trade that did not happen.
— Aaron Ward (@aaronward_nhl) 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
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.