Looking back and its definitely too early to say, but my initial "after the fact" look at things is that Iginla was a great trade. He is somebody who will definitely help and improve this team. I have full faith in that. The Murray trade was necessary, especially with a depleted group of defensemen-and he adds some size among other things that the Pens didnt have before that will come in hand in the playoffs. Depending on how things turn out, I would like to see the Pens try to resign both of them in the off season-priority going to Iginla of course.
The Morrow trade seems to be the one where the Pens paid the most and they may have gotten the least in return. Now granted, I really like Morrow and I think he will make his contributions and look much better than he has so far, but I think if Shero made one trade too many-it was this one. The good thing is though that Bylsma will have leverage and justification with more than enough players in the mix competing for spots to drop Morrow down or off the roster if he isn't playing well. I would give him every opportunity to succeed, but if the chemistry is not there over time and he isnt performing in a top 6/top 9 capacity, Morrow can always be a 4th liner, if other players are playing better than him.
The Jokinen trade was no risk, but potentially decent upside-he is/was a very good player and has similar numbers to Morrow-whatever that suggests. He's not gritty, but he has good skills and can get streaky. I wouldnt be surprised to see him get streaky in the playoffs depending on who they play him with. If it doesnt work out, Bylsma can scratch him and they will buy him out next year but a decent gamble to make by Shero with Jokinen.
Bennett looked like he was missed the last couple games. I know, he's just a rookie winger, how much impact could he have, but he has energy, hunger and very good hockey skills for somebody that young. I want to see him back in the lineup asap. And lastly, Malkin needs to wake up. I wonder if he's still hurt-he just hasnt looked like himself lately. The Pens desperately need him to step it up right now.