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As in previous seasons, the Pittsburgh Penguins were once again the talk of the NHL after Shero made major moves at the trade deadline.
By acquiring Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Douglas Murray and Jussi Jokinen, the Pens had assembled one of, if not the most, talented rosters in the NHL in hopes of bringing the Stanley Cup back to Pittsburgh.
Given Iginla’s willingness to finish his career in Pittsburgh and Shero’s insistence that the Carolina Hurricanes pick up nearly $1 million of Jokinen’s $3 million salary next season, it seemed as though these trades were made with an eye to the future.
Unfortunately, what seemed like long-term upgrades turned out to be just short-term rentals. With Iginla now with the Boston Bruins and with Morrow and Murray expected to also sign elsewhere, only Jokinen remains a Penguin. That is unless he’s traded this summer to clear cap space.
In the end, the Pens traded away first-, second- and fourth-round picks in 2013, a second-round pick in 2014 and three prospects—including their first-round pick in 2010, Joe Morrow—to acquire four players, three of whom will play elsewhere next season.
To acquire Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis in 2008, the Pens only had to give up two NHL players (Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen), a prospect (Angelo Esposito) and a first-round pick. In 2009, Bill Guerin, who was a big part of the 2009 Stanley Cup-winning team and re-signed with the Pens, was acquired for just a conditional third-round pick.
While no one can fault Shero for his efforts to improve the Penguins, the fact is that the Pens gave up too much to get too little in return.