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The Penguins made some major acquisitions at the trade deadline by adding wingers Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow, along with defenseman Douglas Murray, to their roster,
Since general manager Ray Shero did not have to part with any NHLers to acquire these veterans, head coach Dan Bylsma has been forced to juggle his lines quite a bit over the last few games.
Now that Sidney Crosby is out indefinitely with a jaw injury, chemistry is a real problem for the Penguins. Developing chemistry after adding three veteran forwards (Morrow, Iginla and Jussi Jokinen) is not an easy task, especially since the Penguins' lines will change again when Crosby returns for the playoffs.
Morrow, in particular, has not played well since he arrived to Pittsburgh, and he looked lost defensively several times in Wednesday's 6-1 defeat to the Rangers, including the sequence leading up to New York's first goal of the game.
Before all these trades, the Penguins had four quality lines with players who knew what their roles were and excelled in them. Even when superstar center Evgeni Malkin missed several games with an injury, Pittsburgh was still able to win games on a consistent basis because their lines didn't change very much.
All of these new additions will force several players to play on new lines and in different roles than what they were accustomed to for most of the season. This is not always an easy transition to make, especially when there are just 12 games remaining before the playoffs to figure everything out.
The most important goal for the Penguins over the next few weeks is to build chemistry before the playoffs, because talent alone won't help them win the Stanley Cup.