Iginla makes Penguins debut against Islanders

After scoring more than 500 goals in Calgary, Jarome Iginla just

wants to fit in with Sidney Crosby and the streaking Pittsburgh

Penguins.

The former Flames captain, acquired early Thursday in

Pittsburgh’s latest blockbuster trade, made his Penguins debut

Saturday against the New York Islanders.

Pittsburgh was looking for its 15th straight victory, which

would be two shy of the NHL record set by Mario Lemieux and the

1992-93 Penguins.

”They have a great team, obviously, with great chemistry and

great leadership,” Iginla said before the game. ”I’m just coming

to fit in, work hard with them and compete.”

Iginla, a six-time All-Star, arrived in Pittsburgh on Friday

night and was in the lineup Saturday, a game earlier than

originally anticipated.

The 35-year-old forward had 525 goals and 570 assists in 1,219

regular-season games during 16 seasons with Calgary. He had nine

goals and 13 assists in 31 games this season.

”The Penguins have been dealing with pressure for a while and

they’re rolling,” Iginla said. ”They’re a very skilled group,

very dynamic, but they work hard and compete hard. I’m just coming

in to join that.”

The move for Iginla, who waived his no-trade clause to come to

Pittsburgh, was the Penguins’ third big deal in a week, bolstering

them from Stanley Cup contenders to prohibitive favorites.

Pittsburgh also obtained former Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow

and bruising defenseman Doug Murray from San Jose.

”It was already enticing (to come to Pittsburgh), but it’s more

enticing once you see (Pittsburgh) really going for it,” Iginla

said. ”I’m not as young as I once was and every year that goes by

you want to win more.”

Iginla is in the final year of his contract and will be an

unrestricted free agent July 1. He led Calgary to the 2004 Stanley

Cup finals, but the Flames haven’t been to the playoffs since 2009

and are currently 14th in the Western Conference.

Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero gave up the rights to a

couple of prospects and a 2013 first-round draft pick to grab

Iginla, a future Hall of Famer still searching for his first

championship after 16 seasons in western Canada.

”I enjoyed playing (in Calgary). But if you leave, you want to

go to have a really great crack to win and I think they have that

here,” Iginla said.

The stunning deal capped a furious four-day stretch for Shero,

who brought in Morrow from Dallas on Sunday and Murray on Monday.

In the span of 96 hours, the Penguins added three players with a

combined 1,682 points and 189 career playoff games.

And they did it without giving up a single player on a roster

that had put together the NHL’s second-best record with a month to

go in the lockout-shortened regular season.

With his future up in the air, Iginla was scratched from

Calgary’s lineup against Colorado on Wednesday night, ending his

consecutive games streak at 441.

Pittsburgh sent the rebuilding Flames the rights to college

players Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski as well as its first pick

in this year’s draft for the league’s fifth-leading active

scorer.