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Penguins accomplish goal of moving Fehr’s salary

Trade Analysis: The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired defenseman Frank Corrado from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Eric Fehr, Steve Oleksy and a 2017 fourth-round draft pick.

Grade: C+

The Penguins and Leafs had discussions for weeks about Fehr but the acquisition of Brian Boyle appeared to likely close the door on that scenario.

So much so, the Penguins decided to play Fehr last night instead of protecting the asset.

For the Penguins, though, the possibility to trade Fehr to Toronto surfaced again in the final 90 minutes of the deadline when the Leafs circled back to the Penguins after Fehr cleared waivers.

The Penguins accomplished the primary goal of being able to move Fehr’s salary off the books for next season while also giving them cap space to add elsewhere as moving Fehr helped take on 43.5% of Streit’s salary.

Even with Bryan Rust a ways away towards returning, the Penguins were also comfortable in moving on from Fehr because of their organizational depth at the forward position for this season with the likes of Carter Rowney, Josh Archibald, Oskar Sundqvist all being viable players who can fill a 4th line role this season if needed (Rowney will be in lineup tonight) and beyond this season where the Penguins have potentially a few more close to NHL ready players in Dominik Simon, Teddy Blueger and the organization see’s upside in Thomas DiPauli as a 4th line player at the next level in time.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys knocking on the door who have an opportunity to move into that position,” Mike Sullivan said of filling Fehr’s spot on the depth chart.

What I liked about this deal was the Penguins adding some AHL depth in defenseman Frank Corrado who’s still young enough at age 23 where he could be coached up a bit.

The talk immediately after the acquisition from some of the local media is that adding Corrado is similar to the Justin Schultz acquisition last spring. That is crazy talk to be honest.

Corrado has some good puck moving skills but is a Chad Ruhwedel type. A good AHL player with some skill, see’s the ice well who can hold his own for a couple NHL games. He’s an AHL/NHL tweener.

How much can Streit help?

Trade Analysis: The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Mark Streit from Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a 2018 4th round pick

Grade: B-

The Penguins acquired Streit from the Tampa Bay Lightning less than an hour after the Lightning acquired Streit from the Flyers.

At age 39, Streit’s numbers have declined since his 52 point out-put in 2014-2015 and there’s obvious questions what Streit can bring to the table down the stretch as the season wears on but there’s also some intrigue here.

The hockey IQ and puck moving ability is the same as three-to-four years ago.

The Streit acquisition is not a game changer by any means but one scout I spoke with loved the move for the Penguins.

“Fantastic addition,” an Eastern Conference scout said. “The way Pittsburgh’s forwards get up the ice, it’s a nice fit for how well Streit [still] exits the zone Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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