The Pittsburgh brass is not playing around anymore. With one goal in mind, icing a competitive team this season, the Penguins went and added the services of Jaromir Jagr and Brian Campbell. It took two trades with the Toronto Maple Leafs to make it happen. The first deal saw...
The Pittsburgh brass is not playing around anymore. With one goal in mind, icing a competitive team this season, the Penguins went and added the services of Jaromir Jagr and Brian Campbell. It took two trades with the Toronto Maple Leafs to make it happen. The first deal saw Scott Walker and Tomas Fleischmann head to Toronto for the rights to Jaromir Jagr. It is uncertain how long Jagr plans to stay in the NEFHL for.

[i]"It’s really nice to be coming back to Pittsburgh. It's been a home away from home for a long time. I am anxious to give it my all this season and then go from there. We have some nice players on our team. I think I can compliment any of the three talented centers we have."[/i] Jagr said with enthusiasm.

Not 24 hours later, the Penguins heard rumors of Brian “Chicken” Campbell(s) “Soup” being available for trade.

[i]”Jooris messaged me and basically told me that it would be something if we could work a deal out for Soupy. Given some of the talent we had, the idea of having Campbell and Zubov quarterback our powerplay next season is scary shit.[/i] said General Manager Brent Bellio.

The price tag for Brian Campbell was a reasonable one. The Penguins parted ways with youngster Kris Letang and recently acquired Nigel Dawes, along with a 3rd round pick in 2009 in exchange for Brian Campbell and Tomas Fleischmann.

[i]”I am not sure whether to unpack my bags or not. It’s hard to tell whether I am coming or going.”[/i] said Fleischmann.

[i]” It’s really nice to be making my way to Pittsburgh. The Maple Leafs organization has been great to me, but I think I have more opportunity to showcase my talent here in Pittsburgh. It’s nice to have guys like Jags and Brooks on the team, both of whom I played with last season.” [/i] replied Campbell when asked of the move.

In other Penguins news, the team drafted forwards Cody Hodgson and Danny Kristo in the NEFHL 2008 entry draft. Hodgson, the more promising of the two, compiled 40 goals for the Brampton Battalion last year and was one of the more exceptional talents in the OHL last season. The American born Kristo also packs an offensive punch and should make an impact in a few years.

The Penguins managed to ink Evgeni Malkin to a two year deal worth 5.75 million annually. Also, the Penguins managed to lock up Dan Hamhuis for 3 years at 2.6 mill a season and Sergei Zubov for 3 years at 4 million.

The Penguins have named Sergei Zubov their captain for the 2008/2009 season. Newly acquired Jaromir Jagr and Brian Campbell will sport A’s on the front of their jersey’s.