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Report: Jarome Iginla's debut with Penguins on hold because of immigration issue

The Pittsburgh Penguins may have to wait until next week to put Jarome Iginla their uniform. (Brad Watson/Getty Images) The Pittsburgh Penguins may have to wait until next week to put Jarome Iginla their uniform. (Brad Watson/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins may have to wait until next week to put Jarome Iginla on the ice because of immigration issues, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The Penguins, who have won 14 consecutive games, acquired Iginla from the Calgary Flames on Thursday but he is not permitted to work in the United States because he is a Canadian citizen.

The immigration issue could be delayed until next week because government offices in Canada are closed for Easter on Sunday and also are closed Easter Monday, which is a national holiday in Canada.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

The Penguins would prefer Iginla be able to practice with them once before participating in a game. He has played his entire 16-season career in Calgary, and the Penguins hope to at least briefly introduce him to their system in a non-game environment. 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.

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