PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins have been big buyers as the NHL trade deadline approaches, but they sent a big message to the rest of the league early Thursday morning.
According to the Penguins’ official website, Ray Shero pulled off the unthinkable by acquiring Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla.
Several media outlets reported that Iginla was heading to the Boston Bruins Wednesday night, but at 1:25 a.m., the deal to the Penguins was announced.
In exchange, the Penguins are sending their 2013 first-round draft pick and prospects Ben Hanowski and Kenny Agostino.
This marks the third big deal that Shero has pulled the trigger on over the last few days.
On Sunday, the Penguins acquired Brenden Morrow from the Dallas Stars. Shero followed that up on Monday by trading for defenseman Douglas Murray.
The Penguins already put the league on notice that they were all-in to win the Stanley Cup this season. Trading for Iginla cements this even further.
In 1,219 career games, Iginla has 525 goals and 570 assists. He helped lead his team to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004, where the Flames lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games.
Iginla also skated alongside Sidney Crosby as Team Canada captured the gold medal in the 2010 Olympics.
You can follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/sheavedice