Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla has been subject to trade rumors due to his expiring contract and the Pittsburgh Penguins have been widely speculated as possible suitors for the veteran.
Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported via Twitter that as of right now the Flames are asking for a top-four defenseman, roster player and a draft pick for Iginla’s services. See tweet below:
— Rob Rossi (@RobRossi_Trib) March 15, 2013
It will be interesting to see if the Pens ultimately decide to chase 16-year veteran because of Pittsburgh’s various pieces to land Iginla, but must acknowledge it has to be at a reasonable price.
If Rossi’s report is accurate, and the Flames are indeed asking for those specific pieces, the Pens have to at least consider the 35-year-old. They have a handful of young defenseman to attract Calgary, and have expiring contracts to depart with as well.
However, Penguins GM Ray Shero has made a reputation across the league for only executing trades that are going to benefit the organization on multiple levels. So don’t expect him to unload a tremendous amount for the former All-Star.
If the Pens do trade for Iginla, look for names like Tyler Kennedy, Brooks Orpik, Paul Martin, Olli Maata, and Dustin Jeffrey to potentially become involved.
Iginla has been linked with Pittsburgh because of his past Olympic ties with captain Sidney Crosby and because the Pens have all of the sudden been making a lot noise at the trade deadlines of recent seasons.
As of right now, the news regarding talks between these two teams has been subtle, but that’s a common theme when Pittsburgh makes transactions.
Stay tuned for more updates regarding the Pens-Iginla rumors.