The Pens made a couple of roster moves a few minutes ago. Jeff Zatkoff has been called up from WBS. Evgeni Malkin has been removed from Injured Reserve. To make room on the 23-man roster for Malkin, Bennett has been assigned to WBS/
Fleury practiced this morning with the Pens. The Zatkoff recall could be just precautionary, not taking any chances. Bennett will be back sooner than later. He was the only forward that didn't need to clear waivers on the roster. So it was a numbers game to get Malkin back on the team's 23-man roster. --Sam Kasan
VERIZON GAME DAY REPORT
--Sam Kasan & Drew Hancherick
Murray punches the puck with his stick
Kennedy looks for a rebound
Former Stars teammates Morrow and Neal share a smile
Neal, Bylsma, Murray
Malkin photo bomb
--Sam Kasan, Wes Crosby, Drew Hancherick
GUYS TALK IGINLA
Now THIS section is totally devoted to the Jarome Iginla acquisition. Here's a teaser quote for you, to get the rest just click on this link here to see the best quotes about the newest Penguin.
EVERYTHING NON-IGINLA RELATED
Well, kind of...
COACHSPEAK WITH DAN BYLSMA...
Head coach Dan Bylsma had a few lineup notes for tonight's game...
- Malkin is a game-time decision
- Fleury is a game-time decision
- Vokoun is starting in net as previously planned
PENS MORNING SKATE INFO
Evgeni Malkin, who's missed the last 9 games with a upper-body injury, skated on a line with Neal and Morrow. Despres, Engelland and Eaton rotated on the third pairing. The rushes looked like this...
Also, Malkin practiced on the top power-play unit with Martin, Crosby, Neal and Kunitz. The second unit was Niskanen, Despres, Kennedy, Dupuis and Morrow providing the net-front presence.
Final note: Adams switched to center for a couple of rushes with Vitale playing the right wing.
JAROME IGINLA CENTRAL
I'm sure you've all heard by now that Jarome Iginla is a Pittsburgh Penguin, which reunites him with Olympic gold medal teammate Sidney Crosby (don't forget the two hooked up on the "golden goal" in overtime to give Canada the gold). It was a late evening/morning for myself considering the Pens/Flames didn't announce the trade until 1:25 a.m. But I powered through to bring you the best coverage possible.
SHERO LANDS IGINLA
At 1:25 a.m. Eastern standard time the Flames and Penguins announced the trade of Iginla to Pittsburgh in exchange for prospects Ben Hanowski, Kenny Agostino and a 2013 first-round pick.
And just like that, Iginla became a Pittsburgh Penguin.
“I talked to (Iginla) after the fact. He agreed to waive (his no-trade clause) and come to Pittsburgh,” Shero said. “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.”
Full story here.
HOW THE PENS GOT THEIR MAN
At 1:25 a.m. Thursday morning the Pittsburgh Penguins and Calgary Flames jointly announced a blockbuster trade. The Penguins acquired seven-time All-Star and long-time Flames captain Jarome Iginla in exchange for prospects Ben Hanowski, Kenny Agostino and a 2013 first-round pick.
The world was stunned. Especially since nearly every major media outlet had reported that Iginla had been traded to the Boston Bruins. It seemed to everyone that Penguins general manager Ray Shero swooped in at the last minute to snatch Iginla from the Bruins. But actually, the trade was the culmination weeks and weeks of negotiations and maneuvering.
Full story here.
Q&A WITH SHERO ON IGINLA
What does a player like Iginla, even at his age, bring to a team like the Penguins that already has so many stars of its own?
He brings a lot of different elements, ability to play with good players, play in tough areas, good leadership. He wants to win. He’ll accept any role that’s asked of him by coaches or teammates. From the people I’ve talked to that have played with him talk about what a great teammate and person he is. My expectation is that he’ll be a really good fit in terms of the team and the guys that we have. Jarome Iginla is 35 years old. He’s not 45. He’s like a few other guys that have come here that seem to be rejuvenated playing with these younger players. That’s what we’re hoping for with the guys that we picked up. Hopefully, that will be the case.
Full interview here.
And lastly, this pretty much sums up the emotions of Pens fans everywhere.
(All photos courtesy of Getty Images)
New Penguins defenseman Douglas Murray’s nickname is Crankshaft, which surely derives from his bruising physical style of play.
But that’s just speculation, as the true origin of the moniker has been a mystery during Murray’s years in the league and he chose not to elaborate on Wednesday when asked, saying with a grin, “It’s still not going to get told if it helps the legend.”
Full story here.
Entering Tuesday’s game against the Hurricanes, last season’s leading goal scorer Evander Kane had just three points in his last 14 games. But the tough winger broke through for a big performance against Carolina, scoring a goal and assisting on the other three in a 4-1 win. Kane also had six shots (he leads the league in this category with 142) and four hits (he leads the team with a total of 111) in the game. This may be the type of effort needed to get him and linemates Olli Jokinen and Antti Miettinen going consistently on the scoresheet.
The word “consistent” would be best used to describe the line of Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler. Captain Ladd leads the Jets with 14 goals and 32 points in 34 games, and is one of just four NHLers (Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz and Martin St. Louis being the others) that has not gone consecutive games without a point this season. Wheeler is second in scoring with 14 goals and 28 points, while Little – the Jets’ top faceoff guy – is tied for fourth on the team.
Full preview here.
START THE DAY
Good morning Pens fans! I'm sure many of you are waking up and finding out that Pens GM Ray Shero acquired 7-time All-Star Jaroma Iginla from Calgary. More on that a bit later.
Tonight the Pens battle the Southeast Division leading Winnipeg Jets at CONSOL Energy Center at 7 p.m. as they try to stretch their winning streak to 14 games. It will also be the debut of bruising defenseman Douglas Murray. Also, we hope to get an update on the status of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. He was still being evaluated after being run over in a collision with Tyler Kennedy and Brian Gionta. Tomas Vokoun is tonight's starting goalie, but Fleury has not been ruled out as backup.
We'll start the day with one of my Top 5 favorite songs of all time. It's Jimi Hendrix's cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower." The song combines the powerful story telling and ominous lyrics of impending conflict from Dylan with Hendrix's blistering calm and chaotic crescendo guitar screams. A perfect match.