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Shero, Bylsma set for postseason run with Iginla in the fold

TSN.ca Staff

3/28/2013 12:18:13 PM

The Stanley Cup playoffs are a month away and the Pittsburgh Penguins are loaded for bear.

The club capped off a week of headline-grabbing acquisitions Wednesday night with Jarome Iginla on his way over from the Calgary Flames.

"The type of team we have, the type of players, we will be good for him," Penguins GM Ray Shero told reporters on Thursday morning. "Jarome's going to turn the page, come to Pittsburgh and hopefully help us out."

The deal sending Iginla to the Penguins was completed late Wednesday night. The Flames received college forwards Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski and the Penguins' 2013 first-round draft pick.

"This doesn't guarantee anything," said Shero when asked about their Stanley Cup chances. "Just that we have a good team and good bunch of guys. Hopefully things come together."

The Penguins already added power forward Brenden Morrow and defenceman Douglas Murray earlier this week and they join an already potent lineup that includes Kris Letang, James Neal, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury and the game's best player in Sidney Crosby.

"There's been discussions about the possibility of adding Jarome to our lineup for a number of days," said head coach Dan Bylsma, adding that there was nothing definitive yet on where Iginla may fit.

Iginla is in the final year of his current deal, which will pay him $7 million, and will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

A native of Edmonton, Iginla leaves the Flames as their all-time leader in goals (525), points (1,095) and total games (1,219), while placing second in assists (570) after spending all of his 16-plus NHL seasons in southern Alberta.

"He has so many qualities that will benefit our team here in Pittsburgh," added team owner and Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux. "We're excited that he is now a Pittsburgh Penguin."