Zatkoff Recalled, Iginla Trade Fallout

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Marc-Andre Fleury isn't ready to back up Tomas Vokoun tonight, hence the reason why Jeff Zatkoff's locker room stall at Mohegan Sun Arena was empty this morning. Per head coach John Hynes, it's Zatkoff's first NHL call up and well deserved. Hynes also said that the team plans to call up goaltender Scott Darling from their affiliate in Wheeling (ECHL) to fill the void in Wilkes-Barre in the meantime.

The big news in the organization is the Penguins acquiring forward Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Ben Hanowski, Kenny Agostino and a 2013 first round draft pick. Here's what head coach John Hynes had to say about Iginla:
"It's a great thing for the organization to add a player of that caliber, character and experience to help them make a run at the Stanley Cup. It shows the players here just the commitment level of what type of organization they're in."
I figured talking to Warren Peters would be a good idea since he grew up in Saskatchewan and was once a part of the Calgary Flames. Here's what Peters had to say about the acquisition of Iginla:
"Jarome was the face of that organization for a long time for a lot of different reasons. The way he conducted himself as a leader, a face in the community, he epitomized what it meant to be a Calgary Flame. I was a little bit younger when I was with the Flames, but he set the benchmark as far as fitness testing, practice habits, work habits, the way he wanted to play the game, the grit and obviously he had the skill to back it up. He's a consumate professional."
Trevor Smith on the offensive production and if the team can start putting up 3,4,5 goals a night more frequently:
"That sounds great. I thought we had a good start. Forecheck was working well. We were getting turnovers in the offensive zone which relates to scoring chances and we were able to capitalize. This is crunch time for us to ensure a playoff spot, so first period, first shift, first five minutes its about gaining momentum early."
I also talked to Smith about the chemistry formed among the top line with him, Riley Holzapfel and Chad Kolarik:
I like how we're put together. We see each other very well on the ice, we know where we are going. Riley's big body gets on the forecheck and he's got one of the best shots in the league. With the addition of Chad, who sees the ice very well, he can dish the puck as well as shoot it like you saw last night. I think we really read each other well and feed off each other's energy when we get going on the forecheck."
 I asked Holzapfel the same question:
"Since Chad came we kind of all stuck together and have good nights. It's time now that we get scoring and keep it up the rest of the way. We got to keep playing the way we have been."
The Penguins host the Providence Bruins tomorrow night. For all the latest, stay tuned to Highland Park Hockey on Twitter (@H_P_Hockey). I plan to have a preview of tomorrow's game up on the site around noon.


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