Iginla still hasn't arrived in Pittsburgh and is unlikely to play when the Penguins host the New York Islanders on Saturday at Consol Energy Center.
The Penguins would prefer Iginla be able to practice with them once before participating in a game. Following Saturday's game against the Islanders, the Penguins have a scheduled off day on Sunday before practicing again Monday. They host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, which could mark Iginla's debut.
Bylsma said Iginla's role hasn't been decided. But he hinted that Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis line will remain together.
It sounds like Iginla could be on the right wing alongside Evgeni Malkin and James Neal will be moved over to the left side. However it is hard to believe that the Penguins won't put him next to Crosby, regardless of the success Kunitz and Dupuis have had this season. We aren't going to speculate. We'll see where he plays in his first game, which is likely going to be Saturday vs. the Islanders.
Meanwhile, fans sit and await word as to when Jarome Iginla will resume to a full practice routine. The Captain is skating again, but hasn’t resumed contact drills which would leave his availabilty for opening night in serious doubt. If he cannot go, that’s two thirds of your top line unaccounted for. Again, not the best case scenario.
The team's brass continues to explain he will be ready for opening night but at this point he has yet to even practice. Last year he scored 43 goals and 86 points which led the team and finished sixth in overall scoring. Look for at least 30 goals and 70 points over a full season.