Rental Players: A Good Move or Disruption of Flow?

A "rental player" is usually a veteran who signs with a team who has a great shot of making it to the playoffs and winning the Stanley Cup.  Typically, these players' contracts would have ended at the season with their current team, and they probably would not have been re-signed.  Recently, Ray Shero, Penguins GM, has been on the move to gain great additions.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired a few rental players to carry them to the Stanley Cup.  See below:

  • Brenden Morrow from Dallas Stars (March 24)
  • Douglas Murray from San Jose Sharks (March 25)
  • Jarome Iginla from Calgary Flames (March 28)

See  the proposed lineups below (courtesy of Daily Faceoff.com, 2013):

LW C RW
Chris Kunitz
Chris Kunitz
Sidney Crosby
Sidney Crosby
Pascal Dupuis
Pascal Dupuis
Brenden Morrow
Brenden Morrow
Dustin Jeffrey
Dustin Jeffrey
James Neal
James Neal
Matt Cooke
Matt Cooke
Brandon Sutter
Brandon Sutter
Tyler Kennedy
Tyler Kennedy
Beau Bennett
Beau Bennett
Tanner Glass
Tanner Glass
Craig Adams
Craig Adams

There is a burning question that exists?  Where should we put the latest veteran signing, Jarome Iginla?  I would argue that putting him on the first line with Crosby may disrupt the flow.  Some people think, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."  I like how aggressive Shero has been, so we shall see?  I don't expect to see Iginla tonight against the Winnipeg  Jets; however, I do expect to see him make his Penguins debut on Saturday against the New York Islanders.

 

 

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