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The Pittsburgh Penguins continued to embrace an “all-in” mindset on their quest to win another Stanley Cup as late Wednesday night they acquired future Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla in exchange for a first-round draft pick and two college prospects.

All night long, there had been reports that Iginla was going to the Boston Bruins, but after 1 a.m.. ET, the Flames announced the trade was completed with the Penguins, who gave up forwards Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski, plus their first-round pick.

Earlier this week, the Penguins acquired veteran winger Brenden Morrow and rugged defenseman Douglas Murray in separate trades. In the three trades, the Penguins have given up a first-round pick, a second-round pick, a conditional second-round pick and a fifth-round pick, plus three quality prospects to acquire three rental players and a third-round pick.

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None of the players the Penguins have acquired this week have contracts beyond this season. Iginla, 35, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He had to waive a no-trade clause to approve the deal.

General manager Jay Feaster said in a news conference that he had fielded offers from three teams that Iginla suggested.

“The deal that we consummated, this is where the player was prepared to waive for,” he said.

All three of the players acquired by Pittsburgh this week are known for their high character and gritty playing style. All three players are trying to win their first Stanley Cups.

“Jarome will add leadership, grit and the skill to complement our forward group,” Penguins general manager Ray Shero said via email. “He’s a player who has played big in big games and we are thrilled that he is part of the Penguins organization.”


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Coach Dan Bylsma could play Iginla on the team’s first line with Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby, or he could play him with James Neal and Evgeni Malkin.

In talking about the Morrow deal earlier this week, Bylsma said that Morrow would probably play with Malkin and Neal, but he might use him with Brandon Sutter and Matt Cooke.

The only pause that Bylsma might have with putting Iginla with Crosby and Kunitz is the fact that the Kunitz-Crosby-Pascal Dupuis line has played exceptionally well this season. No matter who plays with whom, the Penguins are going to have three impressive lines.

The Iginla drama began early Wednesday evening when the Flames announced that he would not play in the team’s game against the Colorado Avalanche. He had not missed a game since the finale of the 2006-07 season, and his 441-game ironman streak came to an end.

Iginla is a power forward who had scored 30 or more goals for 11 consecutive seasons before this season. He has been a Flames player since 1995-96. He originally came to Calgary when the Flames dealt veteran Joe Nieuwendyk to the Dallas Stars.

Winger Agostino, 20, just completed his junior regular season at Yale, where he netted 15 goals and 37 points in 33 games. He is a fifth-round draft choice. Hanowski, 22, has played four years at St. Cloud State, where he scored 39 goals over his last two seasons. He’s a 6-2 winger who was drafted in the third round.

Jarome Iginla Traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins – 2013: