The streaking Pittsburgh Penguins loaded up by trading for power forwards Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow before the NHL trade deadline. They also added physical defenseman Douglas Murray.
But that additional firepower could be offset by the loss of offensive defenseman Paul Martin to an unspecified broken upper body bone. He will miss the rest of the regular season and the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs as well.
With offensive defenseman Kris Letang (upper body injury) also on injured reserve, the Penguins are scrambling to assemble three viable pairings. Martin and Letang are quarterbacks on the mighty Pittsburgh power play and key players at even strength.
Letang could return within a week or two.
For now, coach Dan Bylsma is going with Matt Niskanen on the top pairing with workhorse Brooks Orpik. Mark Eaton is teaming with Murray and Deryk Engelland is playing with rookie Simon Despres.
“That will kind of be the way it looks," Bylsma told Pittsburgh reporters. “But also . . . there will be some rotating in terms of responsibilities over the next three, four, five games.”