Jarome Iginla's arrival in Pittsburgh still being delayed

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

The Pittsburgh Penguins are still waiting for Jarome Iginla to make his debut with the team. (USATSI)
The Pittsburgh Penguins are still waiting for Jarome Iginla to make his debut with the team. (USATSI)

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It is still unclear when Jarome Iginla will make his debut for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he is not expected to be in the lineup when the team faces the New York Islanders on Saturday afternoon.

His arrival is still being delayed due to immigration issues.

Iginla was acquired by the Penguins early Thursday morning from the Calgary Flames. He has yet to arrive in Pittsburgh, and he's not yet allowed to work in the United States until he acquires a work visa. That is something that could be complicated on the Easter weekend since the Canadian government offices are closed through Monday.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said on Friday that they hoped to have some sort of update on the situation by Friday afternoon.

The Penguins, playing without Iginla, defeated the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night 4-0 to extend their winning streak to 14 games. After Saturday's home game against the Islanders, the Penguins will play on Tuesday night again at home against the Buffalo Sabres. Next Thursday, they will visit the New York Rangers.

Rob Rossi of Pittsburgh's Tribune-Review mentioned on Friday that the Penguins would like to have Iginla practice with the team to get an understanding of their system before they put him into a game situation. That would make Tuesday or Thursday the more likely day for his debut.

Iginla was the most recent of the Penguins' acquisitions over the past week to go along with Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray. The Penguins acquired him in exchange for their 2013 first-round draft pick and college prospects Ben Hanowski and Ken Agostino after it appeared he was going to the Boston Bruins.

It's not yet clear where he will fit in the Penguins' lineup, but it could be on a line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal as Bylsma might be reluctant to break up his top line of Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis.

 
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