NHL Notes: Does Iginla want to stay with Pens?

NHL Notes: Does Iginla want to stay with Pens?
June 9, 2013, 9:00 pm
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The Penguins acquired Jarome Iginla before the trade deadline and the veteran helped Pittsburgh reach the Eastern Conference Finals.

Now, with the Penguins eliminated, Iginla becomes an unrestricted free agent with a decision to make: stay in Pittburgh or pursue other options.

“It’s been very positive (and) would be open (to re-signing)," Iginla said, according to the Penguins' Twitter account on Sunday (via ProHockeyTalk). "Even though we didn’t win, it was a great experience.”

The 35-year-old Iginla is at the end of a five-year, $35 million contract.

Bylsma: Fleury to regain job next season
PITTSBURGH -- As the Pittsburgh Penguins embark on an offseason that figures to include significant changes, coach Dan Bylsma insists the goalie position won't be one of them.

Bylsma called Marc-Andre Fleury "a franchise goalie . . . this franchise's goalie" on Sunday, one month to the day after Tomas Vokoun made his Penguins postseason debut in place of Fleury as Pittsburgh's starter.

Fleury started every playoff game the Penguins played since being taken with the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2003 until Bylsma opted to go with Vokoun for Game 5 of a first-round series against the New York Islanders. Fleury played just 43 minutes the remainder of the playoffs, fueling speculation he might be traded or bought out of his contract this summer.

Not so, Bylsma said Sunday.

"Marc-Andre Fleury, I'm not sure the definition of `franchise goalie,' (but) he's our No. 1 goalie," Bylsma said two days after the Boston Bruins completed a stunning sweep of the Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals. "He's a No. 1 goalie for this franchise and he will be going forward.

"We were in a situation where Tomas Vokoun went into net and won the third and fourth games of a series for us and continued to play in our net. But Marc-Andre Fleury is a guy who's going to come back to our team and he's going to be the No. 1 goalie. He's going to be the franchise goalie. He's going to be this franchise's goalie," (see full story).

- The Associated Press

Stanley Cup finals offer something for everyone
CHICAGO -- Two franchises, rich in history, talent and star power. Two winning teams that know what it takes to bring home the Stanley Cup. Intrigue, in the form of a schedule that kept them away from each other for an entire season.

Oh, there's plenty to love about this series.

The Stanley Cup finals kick off Wednesday night when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Boston Bruins in the first finals matchup of Original Six franchises since Montreal beat the New York Rangers in five games way back in 1979.

The mighty Blackhawks, winners of seven of the last eight games, have a deep roster that really found its identity when pushed to the limit by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round. Then there are the playoff-tested Bruins, who rolled over favored Pittsburgh during an impressive sweep that gave them a chance for a second NHL title in three seasons.

It's a gift wrapped in a bow for a league still trying to recover from a bitter lockout that wiped out 510 games and pushed the start of the season back to Jan. 19 (see full story).

- The Associated Press

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