Its been a rough Eastern Conference Finals’ for the Pittsburgh Penguins and future deliberations could only get tougher.
Should they fall out of the playoff race, the Pens must decide on what to do with forwards’ Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow.
With both players being unrestriced free agents at seasons’ end and a number of other skaters due for extensions, it’s difficult to picture them being a part of the Pens future.
Acquiring each at the trade deadline, Iginla and Morrow were added to boost the leadership and enhance the desire to lift a cup. But so far, both have been mediocre fits at best.
Iginla, 35, hasn’t recorded a point since Game 4 against the Ottawa Senators in the second-round and was demoted to the third-line for last night’s Game 3.
In 14 postseason games, Iginla has registered 12 points (4G, 8A) and is skating to a disappointing minus-3.
Morrow, 34, hasn’t been any better.
Scoring four points (2G, 2A) in 13 games, number-10 has been pushed to the fourth-line and is now skating to a minus-2.
They both have sporadically contributed throughout the playoffs but it hasn’t been for a lack of effort.
Crashing the net and getting into the dirty areas, they’ve shown true grit — but they both have a hard time keeping up the the Pens speed.
Their ages are the determining factor on if they return. And because the team has a few prospects waiting in the wings, it’s going to be put-up or shut-up for both of them in Game 4.
Together they each left their longtime organizations to raise the cup in a Pittsburgh jersey — let’s hope it doesn’t end in heartbreak.
The comeback starts — now.
Game 4 between the Pens and Bruins is Friday in Boston at 8 p.m.