<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Now hearing Jarome Iginla has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Done deal.</p>— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) <a href="https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/317145819222536193">March 28, 2013</a></blockquote>
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I promise, April Fools did not come early. That's a beautiful tweet to wake up to, no?
Ray Shero has done it again. Just when it seemed "Jarome Iginla to the Boston Bruins" would be the NHL.com's headline, we're thrown a plot twist that came from the depths of our imaginations.
He opted for the other team in black and gold.
From Pittsburgh, Shero sent his 2013 first-round pick and college prospects Kenneth Agostino from Yale and Ben Hanowski from St. Cloud State. Yes, that's the end of the list.
I had difficultly (and I imagine everyone did as well) understanding how this trade could happen. It was actually quite simple: Iginla wanted to go to Pittsburgh, noted Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster during his press conference. His hands were tied.
How remarkable that both Brenden Morrow and Jarome Iginla passed up Boston to go to Pittsburgh. Well, maybe not that remarkable.
Dave Molinari tweeted that Iginla not once asked Shero which line or who he would play with, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to deduce Iginla will see time with Sidney Crosby. However, do you break up the best line in hockey? Dan Byslma will certainly be juggling lines as always.
This is truly an exciting time to be a Pens fan, but with these moves come incredible expectations. Cup or bust hasn't had a stronger meaning than it does now. With the amount of leadership and talent now in the dressing room, and the two aging captains who have yet to taste championship glory from hockey's most sacred chalice, this team has no choice but to win the Cup.