The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded Ryan Whitney to the Anaheim Ducks for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi, according to TSN.Ca. The Penguins have confirmed the trade. Kunitz, 29, has 16 goals and 35 points in 62 games this season. He is signed through 2011-12 season with a cap hit of $3.725 million. Left Winger Eric Tangradi, 20, ( 6-3, 215lbs) is the Ducks #2 rated prospect. In 52 games, this season he has 38 goals – 49 assists – 87 points and 57 penalty minutes with Belleville of the Ontario Hockey League. Chris Minard has been placed on waivers.
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Marty St. Louis has been among a group of forwards that has been on the Penguins radar since Lightning GM Brian Lawton began exploring the market for St. Louis in November. Talks between the two teams went from intensifying in early February to being dead less than 10 days ago when Lightning GM Brian Lawton broke off talks because the Penguins won’t include Jordan Staal in a deal for St. Louis under any circumstances. With the trade deadline 6 days away, has there been a renewed interest from both sides to re-start talks?¬† Inside Pittsburgh Sports reports the latest.
The New York Rangers are one of the most interesting teams leading up to the trade deadline. Today the Rangers claimed Mark Bell off re-entry waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs They are actively shopping Scott Gomez and Chris Drury. Gomez has the most trade value but they prefer to move Drury. The Rangers have approached the Colorado Avalanche about forward Ryan Smyth. They haven’t moved on older veterans Keith Tkachuk or Bill Guerin to this point. Word is John Tortorella wants management to add another puck-moving defensemen prior to the trade deadline. Rangers looking at Filip Kuba, Tomas Kaberle and Jordan Leopold. As for the Penguins
Photo courtesy of Kaatiya 1. C Vincent Lecavalier Suitors: MTL, ATL, LAK, CHI, EDM, OTT % of trade (5%) Reportedly 6 teams have inquired about Lecavalier 2. D Jay Bouwmeester Suitors: WAS, PHI, TOR, VAN, NJD, BOS, EDM, ANA,¬† OTT, CAL % of trade: (55%) Top D-Man on the market 3. D Chris Pronger, Suitors: FLA, VAN, TOR,¬† PHI, NJD, BOS, SJ, STL % of trade (70%) One year left on his contract. 4. Scott Niedermayer Suitors: PHI, NJD, VAN, BOS % of trade (45%) 5. D Tomas Kaberle Suitors: PHI, VAN, LAK,¬†WAS, NJD, BOS, FLA % of trade (45%) 6. LW Martin St. Louis Suitors: PIT, MIN, NYR, VAN, EDM, SJ % of trade (10%): Asking price: Two top tier prospects/draft pick/roster player.¬†Rangers expressing significant interest. Sources indicate St. Louis nixed a trade to Pittsburgh 7. RW Milan Hejduk Suitors: ANA, PIT, VAN, NYR, EDM, BUF, MTL % ofRead More »
The Penguins held an optional skate this morning. Sidney Crosby lasted about 7-8 minutes before leaving the ice and head coach Dan Bylsma has just ruled Crosby out for tonight’s game The Lines will be the same that they were in practice yesterday Satan – Malkin – Sykora Dupuis – Talbot – Fedotenko Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Minard – Thomas – Godard Defensemen Orpik – Gonchar Scuderi – Gill Eaton – Letang Lineupnews: *The Penguins announced this morning that Ryan Whitney has flew home to be with a family member that is ill. Kris Letang will return to the lineup which has been the plan since Monday’s practice. Look for Letang to get some power play time down low on 5-on-3 situations. Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal Trade Talk update
The Penguins are currently conducting internal discussions about making an major offer that could land them a top tier winger for Sidney Crosby and another asset with top-6 potential. By the way there is no three way deal in the works between the Penguins-Avalanche-Kings.¬†Three way trades rarely work anymore, especially ones with multiple players involved. The Penguins inquired about Kings winger Alexander Frolov in January and there hasn’t been much talk since.