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Penguins trades have taken on roles of necessity

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06:00 PM ET 04.10 | When the Penguins traded for Brendan Morrow, Douglas Murray, Jarome Iginla and Jussi Jokinen over a 10-day span, the moves were framed as a contender improving its depth with veterans eager for a Stanley Cup run. Instead, those four acquisitions have been forced into very important roles with Sidney Crosby, James Neal, Paul Martin and Kris Letang all missing recent games due to injury. While the fresh quartet can't be expected to fully cover up for the Penguins' missing pieces, Morrow, Murray, Iginla and Jokinen have amplified their influence in the past two games, helping Pittsburgh lock up its first division championship since 2008. Turn the clock back to Friday, when the Penguins out-muscled the desperate Rangers for a 2-1 shootout win. Jokinen, definitely the most unheralded of the newbies, scored Pittsburgh's only regulation goal before also cashing in on a slick shootout move. Combined with an otherworldly performance by goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, Jokinen carried the day in his first game as a Penguin. His faceoff prowess -- Jokinen has won 19 of 27 since arriving -- is a needed boost for a Pittsburgh team without its most reliable draw-taker in Crosby.

City of Champions

Jarome Iginla, AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar Jarome Iginla, AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar
April 11, 2013  05:32 AM ET

Gee, really? This never would have occurred to any of us

April 11, 2013  08:18 AM ET
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Gee, really? This never would have occurred to any of us

I guess they figure this is a Jussi story...

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April 11, 2013  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Gee, really? This never would have occurred to any of us

it's that insight that makes "City of Champions" regarded as it is in the sports media world

April 11, 2013  08:58 AM ET
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I guess they figure this is a Jussi story...

Which reminds me, why do girls wear sweats with "Jussi" written on their butts?

April 11, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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Which reminds me, why do girls wear sweats with "Jussi" written on their butts?

Just be thankful the ones that do are actually wearing clothing...

April 11, 2013  09:19 AM ET

Don't take me so seriously. I'm Jussi Jokinen with you

April 11, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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Seems to me they could really use Jordan Staal right about now.

Ridiculous. Jordan Staal is what in Carolina a -11, or -14 or something like that (can't remember).

Pens still sit at top of Conference, and top of Division. Yep. Missing Jordan Staal. That's the missing link.

April 11, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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Which reminds me, why do girls wear sweats with "Jussi" written on their butts?

What's worse is PM has it as a tramp stamp.

April 11, 2013  09:58 AM ET
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it's that insight that makes "City of Champions" regarded as it is in the sports media world

You mean vomit-inducing?

April 11, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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You mean vomit-inducing?

exactly

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April 11, 2013  11:39 AM ET
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Wait til they change the name to "Meanderings of Mecca"

well, it still sounds better than "gateway to Cleveland"

April 11, 2013  12:52 PM ET

Great. More thoughts from another Pittsburgh sports blog. Thank you interns for finding opinions from a unbiased source.

April 11, 2013  01:40 PM ET
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Well, it's pretty easy to watch your plus/minus plunge to ocean depths when your team is using a sheet of newspaper strewn betwen the goalposts as a goaltender.But i'm sure Sutter's +4 and 14 points are enough when combined with Jussi's 13 points and -6 to make up for not having the world's best player up the middle.

Regardless of why his plus/minus is plunging, you suggested we "needed him." Not sure exactly what we need, or don't need in the next couple of games/playoffs, because we don't know who will be back from injury, or how the new guys will end up working out for the VERY LONG haul. However, that all being said, we never had a choice in keeping Staal seeing as he was leaving no matter what we offered him. And I think Sutter as a consoliation wasn't bad...at all.

Therefore, not sure the point of this argument/statement, that's all. Shero's has done the best he can to plug in the holes.

April 11, 2013  01:45 PM ET
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Regardless of why his plus/minus is plunging, you suggested we "needed him." Not sure exactly what we need, or don't need in the next couple of games/playoffs, because we don't know who will be back from injury, or how the new guys will end up working out for the VERY LONG haul. However, that all being said, we never had a choice in keeping Staal seeing as he was leaving no matter what we offered him. And I think Sutter as a consoliation wasn't bad...at all. Therefore, not sure the point of this argument/statement, that's all. Shero's has done the best he can to plug in the holes.

It was a good deal for both teams. Shero got the best possible replacement with the closest set of skills for less $'s and freed up that money for other areas. Jordan will do great for the Canes regardless of this year. They have imploded without Cam Ward and Jeff Skinner is not the same player as before.

April 11, 2013  01:55 PM ET
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It was a good deal for both teams. Shero got the best possible replacement with the closest set of skills for less $'s and freed up that money for other areas. Jordan will do great for the Canes regardless of this year. They have imploded without Cam Ward and Jeff Skinner is not the same player as before.

Couldn't agree more.

I was one of J. Staal's biggest fans. He didn't want to be here, and I do believe he will do well with the Canes.

However, it isn't as if we are sitting around wishing we had him back. It just isn't the case.

April 11, 2013  02:32 PM ET
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Couldn't agree more. I was one of J. Staal's biggest fans. He didn't want to be here, and I do believe he will do well with the Canes.However, it isn't as if we are sitting around wishing we had him back. It just isn't the case.

Huge Jordan Staal fan. Still am. I can understand his feelings and believe that playing with his brother and becoming a #2 center were well deserved for what he was asked to do and accomplished in the Burgh.

You are correct, Sutter is much appreciated for his worh ethic and contribution. Shero get's an A+ for that move.

 
April 11, 2013  06:20 PM ET
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well, it still sounds better than "gateway to Cleveland"

Almost anything does! :-)

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