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Penguins Trades: Renting Iginla Akin to Buying the Cup – Pittsburgh Penguins – PenguinPoop Blog

Penguins Trades: Renting Iginla Akin to Buying the Cup

I hate the Yankees. They and their talent acquisition model represent everything wrong with America today. I hate the concept of buying talent with no regard for team chemistry in order to try to get whatever trophy awaits you and your overpayed superteam.

If the Penguins rent Jarome Iginla and end up going the distance, it will turn that sweet sip from Lord Stanley’s cup more than a little vinegary. Pittsburgh has an incredible team right now. The Pens offensive firepower is almost unmatched, and Brenden Morrow has added an important missing piece to complement the lines Bylsma already put out there. The defense has been arguably suspect at times, but Doug Murray has shored that up. Iginla isn’t needed, and would just be throwing money at talent because talent is available.

Jarome IginlaThere are upsides and downsides to acquiring Iginla. Upside – he is crazy good. Downside – his presence will seriously shake up a system that is already firing on all cylinders. Upside – the Pens become the most threatening team in the NHL. Downside – the Pens become the most threatening team in the NHL for a few months and lose who knows what in potential long-term talent.

There is plenty more back and forth, but the bottom line for me is that the Penguins do not need Iginla to make a deep run in the playoffs or win the Cup this year. Maybe it’s the traditionalist in me, but the Pens need to win it with the core team that got us here. Don’t buy the Stanley Cup, Ray. Don’t be the Yankees.

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  1. Travis B.'s Gravatar Travis B.
    March 28, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    This whole article, post and comments in reply to it are beyond comical. Comparing an NHL team and salary cap to an MLB team with no salary cap and ESPECIALLY the Yankees …. an absolute joke! I really hope you don’t get paid for the things you write

  2. nelson's Gravatar nelson
    March 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    could be Iginla like Morrow would like the chance to win the cup

  3. mcgin269's Gravatar mcgin269
    March 28, 2013 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    I think we picked up iginla just so boston or whomever could not get him. I don’t like giving up a 1st round pick, but we had two because of the staal trade. And as far as “buying” the cup, that is exactly why there IS a late season trade deadline. See you at the parade.

  4. March 27, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    TSN reported that Iginla was traded to Boston.

    • Joey Wales's Gravatar Joey Wales
      March 28, 2013 at 6:18 am | Permalink

      Nope. Well, In Ray We Trust, right? Not thrilled, but going to enjoy watching how this plays out.

  5. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    March 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    i think the argument should be” should hockey allow a late trade deadline, and should they be obligated to sign a least for the yr after the trade? good question.. im all for that possibly , but using cap space to better your team is simply wise.

    • Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
      March 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

      And therein lies one of my main points, Anon: I firmly don’t believe that Iginla would better our team. Quite the opposite, I think he would be a detriment to the continued success of this year’s squad.

      I do like where your head is at in terms of requiring a minimum one-year contract post trade year. I still wouldn’t support picking up Iginla if that were the case, but it would go a long way to make time rentals more palatable.

  6. elyod's Gravatar elyod
    March 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Doesn’t every team “buy” the Stanley Cup? Are there teams that don’t pay their players? Are there teams that have a lower salary cap than the rest of the league? If the Penguins are getting some sort of special exemption then your argument holds water…if not your argument is silly. It seems you just want to be able to say the Penguins won the cup this year with a lesser squad.

    What will you say if they don’t win it having passed on Iggy?

    • Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
      March 26, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

      fully agree elyod.. you do what you can within the cap to put the best out there.. all teams had the same cap- so its what u do with it.

    • Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
      March 26, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

      Elyod, really? “Are there teams that don’t pay their players?” I hope you are being facetious with that. You know exactly what I mean, but to reiterate – getting Iginla would be a stupid, unnecessary expense in an attempt to build some superteam that has a higher probability of flaming out (get it?) than skating home with Stanley.

      Regardless, I’m guessing you are one of the Pens fans who wants Shero to blow our cap and some talent on Iginla based on the fact you think the Pens are a “lesser team” without him. I think there a number of stat lines that would dispute that the pens are any kind of “lesser team,” but to each their own.

      If the Pens pass on Iginla and don’t win the Cup I will be saying a lot of things. One of them will not ever be, “Damn, we should have gotten Iginla.” Will you place all the blame on that one missing component?

      • elyod's Gravatar elyod
        April 1, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

        Shero looks even smarter now that Crosby is out. Iginla was a smart move.

  7. March 26, 2013 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    So then to your point, you are opposed to all acquisitions throughout the league because they all fit into your definition of ‘getting talent because it’s available’, right?

  8. Mark's Gravatar Mark
    March 26, 2013 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Nothing like the Yankees. They are way under the cap line and can do it. They spend there money wisely. Most of there players are developed in there system.

  9. March 26, 2013 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    The NHL has a solid cap. MLB has no cap of any kind. No comparison whatsoever!

  10. Shawn's Gravatar Shawn
    March 26, 2013 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Although, I do agree that we do not need him. And it may in fact ruin the chemistry of the team, as it is now.

  11. Shawn's Gravatar Shawn
    March 26, 2013 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Comparing an NHL team to a MLB team is senseless. There’s no cap in baseball. How is this a fair comparison? If we can get a star studded cast under a cap, when most teams cannot, does that really make us the Yankees? It makes Ray Shero look even more like a genius compared to other GMs.

  12. March 26, 2013 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Steve, something is screwed up with the way FB is talking to the blog itself. I’ve responded there. Check it out when you get a chance.

  13. March 26, 2013 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    So then to your point, you are opposed to all acquisitions throughout the league because they all fit into your definition of ‘getting talent because it’s available’, right?

  14. March 26, 2013 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    The NHL has a solid cap. MLB has no cap of any kind. No comparison whatsoever!

  15. March 26, 2013 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Although, I do agree that we do not need him. And it may in fact ruin the chemistry of the team, as it is now.

  16. March 26, 2013 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Comparing an NHL team to a MLB team is senseless. There’s no cap in baseball. How is this a fair comparison? If we can get a star studded cast under a cap, when most teams cannot, does that really make us the Yankees? It makes Ray Shero look even more like a genius compared to other GMs.


            

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