Pirates drop second in a row Inconsistency was expected to follow the Pirates this season and it has so far. The Pirates have scored 30 runs in their four wins and just eight runs in their five losses. Lance Berkman hit a three-run homer in the 6th inning off of Sean Burnett to break a 3-3 tie as the Astros rallied to a 6-3 win, Thursday afternoon at PNC Park The Pirates got off to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning as Nyjer Morgan scored on a Russ Ortiz wild pitch and Adam Laroche doubled to deep center, scoring Nate McLouth. In the second inning, Nyjer Morgan tripled to deep right center, scoring Jeff Karstens, giving the Pirates a 3-1 lead going into the top of the 3rd but the Pirates would be held scoreless for the remainder of the game Morgan was one of the Pirates fewRead More »
MIN Receives: Victor Rask
CAR Receives: Nino Niederreiter
Trade Buzz: Thursday’s 1-for-1 trade of young underperforming players saw the Minnesota Wild acquire center Victor Rask from the Carolina Hurricanes for left winger Nino Niederreiter. Carolina did an excellent job of being able to get out of the Rask contract, who has three years remaining with a $4 million cap hit. Rask has 1 goal, 5 assists on the season, mirrored in a 22-game goal drought. The logic here for Minnesota is taking the chance on a playmaking center who can help fill a top-9 spot longer term if the Wild move on from Eric Staal. Minnesota is also playing the card that a change of scenery will benefit the 24-year old who posted a career-high 21 goals, 48 points in 2015-2016.
Niederreiter’s trade value was stunted because of his contract, where he has three years left on his deal with a $5.25 million cap hit. Niederreiter is a player who is extremely hard to play against, drives possession well, and has three 20 goal seasons over his last four full seasons. Injuries (18 goals in 63 games) kept him from a 4th straight 20-goal season in 17-18. The Niederreiter acquisition also sets up as great insurance for the Hurricanes if they can’t resign Micheal Ferland. In the short-term, Carolina’s center situation is a mess with Jordan Staal sidelined with a concussion, but they’re getting the better player who fits the identity they’re trying to establish upfront, especially on the wings where they’ve identified the need for Patric Hornqvist type players.
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