mikey287 wrote:The Pens gave up a 3rd for Guerin because at 2:55 a deal fell through with another club and the Isles were desperate to get something out of him. IIRC, it was a 5th that became a 3rd because we won the Cup. Another atypical deal, ala Gaustad.
What no one is mentioning is...what happens if Iginla goes, "damn, these guys can play...put me on at a 1 year deal...let me play a year, try to win one (if we don't win this year) and then I'll go back to Calgary after that" ...I mean, ya never know. Hossa turned down a major deal for a one-year shot in Detroit. Exception not the rule. But I mean, ya never know. Iginla hasn't had a shred of hope of winning for almost a decade (or, two lockouts, if that's how you keep time), you never know what a dose of winning adrenaline does to a player that likes to win...
Also bears mentioning that Guerin was dogging it on the Island. He didn't have much value. The Pens took a chance on him because they needed a shot in the arm, and it turned out Guerin had something left. They tried somethig similar with Poni the next year and it didn't work so well. Iginla's numbers aren't great but no one seems to think he's slacking.
I don't necessarily want Shero to give up everything to get him, though I do think he should do everything he can to maximize this team's chances of winning it all. At the very least the Pens should be in on Iginla just to drive up the price. If Boston's willing to significantly overpay for him, so be it. I'll be upset if the asking price ends up being reasonable and the Pens didn't want to pay.