Dan Bylsma was asked about the Penguins’ latest acquisitions _ again _ because of the way Brenden Morrow, Jarome Iginla and Douglass Murray had helped to fill the net against Montreal.
But the Penguins’ head coach didn’t need the red light going on repeatedly to appreciate what Ray Shero’s dealings had given the Penguins.
“What they bring to the team and what they bring to the ice has been a factor right off the hop,” Bylsma insisted. “Whether it’s the last few games where we’ve seen them add on the scoresheet and get comfortable there, I think it’s been a lot more than that.
“Brenden Morrow, the physicality that he’s brought, the straight lines, the presence that he’s brought almost every game he’s played (has been apparent). He’s added on the scoresheet of late but that’s really only a small portion of what he’s brought.
“Jarome Iginla as well, he’s gotten comfortable after a few games. He’s a presence on our team. He’s a presence on the power play now.”
As for Murray, who scored a rare goal against the Canadiens, “his presence was felt (previously) in a lot of other ways, physicality and bringing that presence to our team.”
That’s five uses of the word “presence” in assessing what the newcomers have meant.
As DVE Morning Show linemate Scott Paulsen observed, “That’s what happens when you trade for captains.”
The new pieces have assimilated in rapid fashion.
They appear and agree that they’re comfortable in Pittsburgh and with the Penguins.
Bylsma attributes that transition to “the quality of the player and the quality of the people you get.”
Iginla maintains it’s been because “the guys have been great in making us feel welcomed and comfortable.”