Re: Iginla to Penguins
posted at 3/28/2013 8:21 AM EDT
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
To the angry mob -
The great and all-powerful Jarome Iginla just fetched in trade a former 3rd round pick, a former 5th round pick, and a late first round pick. The Bruins offered a former 2nd round pick, a former 7th round pick, and a conditional first. Those were, apparently, the best offers. What does that tell you about the perceived value of Iginla right now among those who have pro scouting departments watching his every move for weeks on end to assess whether to acquire him and what to pay to get him?
He may have a late career burst in him like Recchi, but that's a risk and not one that you burn down the farm to assume. His name is more attractive than his game right now.
At the risk of making an NBA comparison here, I have a vision of the Bruins-Pens in the playoffs that looks a lot like the Detroit-Lakers finals of 2004. The Lakers had reloaded with Malone and Payton, they already had the two-headed Kobe-Shaq Monster and they got crushed by a physical, defensively dominant Piston team with the best two-way point in the game that year. The Pens have their two headed Monster and their 70+ years of veteran acquisition, and I think the Bruins can attack them with speed and win with defense. And that's without making a deal for Ryane Clowe or Marty St. Louis.
Nice story Book, but the Pens have, not only the best player in the game, but probably the top 2 players in the game playing for them before Iginla walks in the door.
The biggest value Iginla brings to the Pens is his experience and leadership...which just further enhances their chances to win it all. Someone mentioned the big yard sale next season?? He is probably right but they'll likely have it with the Stanley Cup sitting on a table in the background, not to mention Crosby and Malkin still around to do it again next year.
Unfortunately the B's could have used that leadership in Boston, maybe they'd stop giving up games in the 3rd period...well there is still time before the deadline and hopefully Chiarelli pulls a rabbit out of his hat for Easter.