I agree with this, and I can definitely see how it would have been challenging for Feaster.
The fact is though, there were four contending teams, and there was some competition between them. The Pens have some other, decent prospects, such as Maata. This trade was just a joke. You can't tell me Iggy could not have brought in a better prospect than the two they got.
Brendan Morrow brought in a better trade. Joe Morrow was the Pens top prospect. Despres and Maata supposedly have a lower upside than Morrow.
Freakin Iggy didn't even get one of their top 5 prospects, unless their ranking has changed very recently, which I truly doubt. THe really late first? Almost a "who cares" at that point. Just a horrible trade, imo.
This would be like us having Phillips as the center piece in a trade for Iggy. We'd all be laughing if it got accepted. If it were with us the trade would have been something like Phillips (who is possibly even better than either of the two prospects that the Flames really got), Haula and then a first later than 22, for Iginla.
Actually he's not. In fact, J. Morrow was the third best D prospect in the Penguins stable. Derrik Pouliot, Maata, and some may argue Harrington were better than Joe.
The reality is the Penguins acquired Iginla, B. Morrow, and Murray and did not give up one roster player. Pretty impressive.
The fact that Iginla had final say on where he played worked in the Pens favor. Shero had his price he would pay and stuck to it.