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Jarome Iginla, Pascal Dupuis Interested in Return to Pittsburgh Penguins Next Season

May 11, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates a goal by Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Jarome Iginla (not pictured) against the New York Islanders during the first period of game six of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins may be out of the playoffs but they’re not out of the woods when it comes to fixing the problems that caused them to get swept by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals. But while there are questions about what will be done with head coach Dan Bylsma and guys like Marc Andre-Fleury and Evgeni Malkin, two guys that have expiring contract would like to come back next season and try to help the Pens win a Stanley Cup.

Jarome Iginla was traded for at the deadline and while he picked the wrong team at the time – as Iginla nearly got traded to the Bruins before choosing the Pens– he’d like to come back and do it all again in Pittsburgh.

The same goes for Pascal Dupuis, who also stated a desire to come back and play another year with the Pens.

 

When it comes down to it, Dupuis is far more likely to return than Iginla is as he’ll command a much smaller salary and the Pens know it. In the case of Iginla, if he wants to return next year he’ll have to take a significant pay cut from what he’s used to making with the Calgary Flames. Iginla is coming off of a $7 million season and that’s not something anyone in the NHL is prepared to offer him annually.

Realistically neither of them will return as the Pens are cash strapped moving forward and unless a trade involving a big money contract like Evgeni Malkin occurs, Pittsburgh will have to question whether they can afford to bring back everyone they want including Dupuis and Iginla.

Topics: Jarome Iginla, Nhl, Pittsburgh Penguins

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