The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired All-Star wing Jarome Iginla, who has twice led the National Hockey League in goals-scored while spending his first 16 seasons with the Calgary Flames.
The Penguins sent their 2013 first-round draft pick to Calgary along with wingers Ben Hanowski and Kenny Agostino for Iginla, whose 525 career NHL goals are the third-most among active players behind Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne.
Iginla, 35, joins a Penguins team that has an NHL-best 26 wins this season and sits atop the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division with 52 points. Pittsburgh has won 13 games in a row and within the past week has bolstered its roster by adding forward Brenden Morrow from the Dallas Stars and defenseman Douglas Murray from the San Jose Sharks.
“He brings a lot of different elements: the ability to play with good players, play in tough areas, good leadership,” Penguins General Manager Ray Shero said of Iginla on the team’s website. “He wants to win. 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.”
Iginla, who was the Flames’ captain, had nine goals and 13 assists in 31 games for Calgary this season. The seven-time All- Star has scored more than 30 goals in each of the past 11 seasons, including a career-high 52 goals in 2001-02.
“He said he would help any way he could, didn’t care about role or who he was playing with,” Shero said. “He’ll accept any role that’s asked of him by coaches or teammates.”
The Penguins’ acquisition of Iginla comes ahead of the NHL’s April 3 trade deadline. The Flames have a 13-15-4 record and the second-fewest points in the Western Conference.
“The first-round pick was very important to them,” Shero said of the Flames. “They ended up with two good college prospects. That’s the price of Jarome Iginla. That’s what you have to do. That’s what we did.”
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